Looking for the best RescueTime alternative?
While RescueTime is a user-friendly time tracker, it isn’t perfect. It’s not great for task tracking, and doesn’t have any payroll features or many integrations.
That’s why we’ve compiled this list of powerful RescueTime alternatives to help you track time and boost productivity in no time!
(You can use the links below to jump to a specific tool)
(includes features, pros, cons, pricing, and customer ratings)
Let’s get started.
Here are 7 best RescueTime alternatives to help you track time and boost productivity immediately:
Time Doctor is a powerful time tracking and performance monitoring tool that’ll help you boost productivity immediately. Used by companies like Apple, Ericsson, and KPMG, it has everything you need from a time tracking software.
Here’s a closer look at some of its key features:
A) User-Friendly Time Tracking
Unlike other monitoring tools, Time Doctor is very easy to use.
All you need to do is
It’s that simple!
B) Effective Distraction Management
Worried that your team is distracted on the job?
With Time Doctor’s distraction management features, that won’t be an issue.
Whenever someone accesses an unproductive site like Facebook or YouTube, Time Doctor displays a pop-up asking them if they’re still working. This nudge is usually good enough to get them back to work!
For added customization, you can also classify sites and apps productive or unproductive.
C) Powerful Reporting
Time Doctor has tons of detailed reports to help you monitor your team members in real-time. Here’s a closer look at them
D) Inactivity Monitoring
Want to ensure that your team is actively working during work hours?
Time Doctor will automatically pause the timer when there’s been no keyboard or mouse activity for three minutes. This way, employees can’t mark idle time as hours worked.
Note: Time Doctor doesn’t track which keys were pressed – it only determines if any keys were pressed or not.
E) Client login
Keeping your clients updated about their projects has never been easier!
With Time Doctor’s client login feature, your clients can access timesheets, reports, and other data relating to their projects.
Note: For privacy reasons, clients can only view data about their own projects.
Unlike RescueTime, TimeDoctor has built-in payroll management features. With integrations with PayPal, Payoneer, and TransferWise, you can quickly pay employees and freelancers for their work!
Need to track your team’s productivity across different apps?
Time Doctor can integrate with tons of different tools like Slack, Freshbooks, and Google Apps to help you easily monitor your employee’s work activities on different platforms!
Click here for a comprehensive list of TimeDoctor integrations.
Tick is a time tracker that’s lighter on features than Toggl, but it has one major difference that makes it stand out from the crowd – per project pricing.
This could make it much cheaper than RescueTime (and all other solutions on the list) if you have a very large team working on a very small number of projects. It also supports custom projects and browser-based time management like the open-source software Kimai.
Here’s Tick’s unique per-project pricing model:
TimeCamp is one of the best alternatives to RescueTime, combining screenshot, website, and application monitoring into one tool that has a great selection of integrations.
Like Hubstaff, it also supports automatic and invisible time tracking when there is no expectation of privacy at all – such as when an employee is using office space and office hardware that is company-owned.
As an alternative to RescueTime, it may suffer in the accuracy department because it doesn’t require time to be tracked live and makes no distinction between manually added time and live tracked time.
What Toggl lacks in features, it makes up for in sheer ease of use. Like Harvest, Toggl doesn’t have the Website and Application data provided by RescueTime, and it also isn’t able to differentiate between live tracked time and manually added time.
But Toggl lets you create custom Tasks and Projects, and also allows browser based time tracking – two important features for some use cases. Where Toggl really shines as a RescueTime alternative is in the massive number of integrations they currently support.
ActivTrak is another affordable option, and one of the very few time tracking apps that can block certain websites like RescueTime does. But be aware, if you hope to block your employees from accessing certain websites, it’s a feature that’s easy to circumvent.
ActivTrak is missing custom tasks & projects, and real-time vs. manual time differentiation. It can be run invisibly and can also capture screenshots, which gives it an edge, as long as you don’t need any mobile apps or integrations.
With Everhour there is no need to install a desktop application – you track time right from your web browser. It’s better than RescueTime for project management as it lets you create custom Projects and Tasks in advance before starting your time tracking for the day. Everhour is meant to be more team-focused than some other solutions.
This time tracking solution is geared more towards tracking productivity in larger office environments than on mobile and remote teams. Staff.com lets you track activity automatically in the background, and has strong accuracy on it’s recorded data.
As a RescueTime alternative, it does currently suffer from no integrations, but that is likely to change thanks to the powerful API it has. Larger organizations will appreciate the longer trial period of 30 days when compared to RescueTime’s 14-day trial.
All these RescueTime alternatives are good and will help you track time and monitor your employees.
But Time Doctor stands out on many levels. It’s advanced monitoring features, client management capabilities, and detailed time reports will easily help you boost your team’s productivity.
Here is a handy comparative chart summarizing the key feature differences among the top time tracking tools:
|Feature||Time Doctor||Tick||Time Camp||Toggl||Rescue Time||Activ Trak||Ever hour||Staff.com|
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|Price||$10||Per Project||$5.25 to $7.50||$10 to $20||$9||$7.20||$7 to $8||$10|
|3rd Party Integrations||32||4||46||83||3||0||5||0|
|Keyboard & Mouse Activity Monitoring & Reporting||Yes||No||No||No||No||No||No||Yes|
|Website & Application Usage||Yes||No||Yes||No||Yes||Yes||No||Yes|
|Differentiate Between Real Time and Manual Time||Yes||No||No||No||Yes||No||No||No|
|Automatic Time Capture||No||No||Yes||No||Yes||Yes||No||Yes|
|Full Free Trial Period||14 Days||30 Days||30 Days||30 Days||14 Days||None||14 Days||30 Days|
|Desktop Time Tracking Required for Live Time||Yes||No||No||No||Yes||Yes||No||Yes|
|Popup Productivity Reminders||Yes||No||No||No||Yes||Yes||No||No|
|Client Access of Real Time Data||Yes||No||No||Yes||No||No||No||No|
|Mobile App for Time Tracking||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||No||Yes||No|
|Browser Based Time Tracking||No||Yes||Yes||Yes||No||No||Yes||No|
|OS Support||Mac, Win, Linux, iOS, Android||Mac, iOS, Android||Mac, Win, Linux, iOS, Android||iOS, Android||Android, Win||Win, Mac||iOS, Android||Win, Mac, Linux|
|Feature||Time Doctor||Tick||Time Camp||Toggl||Rescue Time||Activ Trak||Ever hour||Staff|
Rob Rawson is a co-founder of Time Doctor which is software to improve work productivity and help keep track of what your team is working on, even when working remotely.