Big New Release @ RescueTimePosted: October 2, 2008
Hot on the heels of bringing on a new team member (Montana Low– read about him on our refreshed company page), we’ve just pushed a new release!
Accompanying the standard pile of tiny bug-fixes and improvements are a few exciting new features that we’d like to introduce you to.
Revised Scoring System
A few months back we launched a scoring system to give people a single number to represent their efficiency (ratio of good time to bad time) and productivity (sheer amount of good time). The goal with these scores was to give people a clear understanding of how they compared to other folks and how they compared to people across their business teams.
The problem with the scores (which we heard loud and clear from our users) was that they were a bit complex/confusing. It was difficult to know what they meant and required a bit of reading/digesting for neophyte users to understand even the basics of how it worked.
So we’ve simplified matters and come up with a single score (“efficiency”) directly based on how you’ve rated your tags and/or categories. Under the score, we show you your total hours for the period (just because you’re efficient doesn’t mean your productive if you’re only working 4 hours per week… Sorry, Tim! ). And next to your score, we show you a comparison population of either the entire userbase or the business group you’re a member of (for our business customers). The end result looks like this:
We love the new look. We think it’s clearer, simpler, and it communicates our scoring system (and colors) a lot better, too. What do you think?
I am in love with filters. As soon as we had the concept of efficiency scores, I noticed a peculiar side effect. In the evening, when I was goofing off on the computer, I’d turn off RescueTime. Why? Because goof-off time was negatively impacting my scores and I wanted to clobber my co-workers. We firmly believe that being inefficient after hours is fine… Our data strongly indicates that sweatshop hours end up hurting us more than it helps us.
But clearly turning off RescueTime isn’t the answer, because we lose valuable and interesting data about ourselves. Enter, filters.
Filters allow you to focus the data you are seeing based on specific hour and date ranges. For example, in my situation the time I care about being truly efficient is 8am – 7pm Monday thru Friday. Once I’ve created a filter for this, I can look at a week, month or year– but ONLY be shown data (and be scored on) time within that criteria. But heck– I’m curious about my evenings. Do I ever work after hours? How much time do I spend productively on weekends? Blam. I create a filter that shows data only 7pm-Midnight on weekdays plus all day on weekends… That’s my “work/life balance” filter. Here’s a screenshot of what filter controls look like on your dashboard:
And here’s a shot of what it looks like to create/edit a filter (which you can access by clicking on the manage filters link shown above):
Note that free users can only have two filters. If you need more than that, we’d love to invite you to upgrade to a paying plan.
We hope you’re as excited about these features as we are. As always, we invite any feedback and would love to hear from you if you’ve got any feature ideas for RescueTime.