During my 60-day web-only challenge, I used Wakoopa to track my application usage and I see that they also offer a Mac version that I’ll be taking a look at in the future. For now, I’m taking a peek at Slife, a comparable free activity tracker that’s currently only available for the Mac. Cybernet turned me on to Slife and they also say that there should be a Windows version coming soon. One of the key differences between Wakoopa and Slife is that the former shoots your activity data to the cloud where you can share it with others. Slife keeps your data local so you don’t have to worry about “big brother” knowing what you do on your Mac.
Slife offers various views and slices of your computing activities: you can view by day or month and it tracks both applications and web site usage. I like how the app works with tabbed browsing as well: the only time counted for a web site on a tab is when you’re actually viewing that tab. You can also customize activity groups so that they’re application independent. For example: if you use Gmail like me, you might set Mail and the Gmail web pages as options to track in the “Checking email” category. This way, the total sum of the activity is tracked regardless of the method used.Slife lets you take productivity one step further with user defined goals that work with activities. Let’s say you want to keep your e-mail usage to an hour a day. (OK, you can stop laughing now) In Slife, you just set a hard limit of time in the goal and Slife will ping you with an alert as you reach it. It’s probably better for other time-wasting activities than e-mail, but you get the picture.
Since I’m online most of my waking and working day, tools like Slife and Wakoopa help me manage my time a wee bit better. They’re simple enough to use and don’t take up tons of computing resources in the background, making for a solid, free utility. It’s worth noting that last week, Wakoopa added support for tracking web-based apps. The list of tracked web-apps is pre-defined so the software isn’t going to track every single web-based app, but it’s a good start.