We’re already halfway through 2019 (we can’t believe it either!) and our product team has been hard at work adding new features, updating old ones, and improving the overall RescueTime experience.
From new integrations to added support for modern browsers and updates to our mobile apps, here’s a rundown of the latest RescueTime releases from the past 6 months.
Integrations for the nation: Bring the power of RescueTime to Slack and Google Calendar
RescueTime now works with more of your favorite apps with custom integrations for Slack and Google Calendar. (See our full list of available integrations here.)
Automatically update your Slack status, go DND, and trigger FocusTime based on what you’re focusing on
As one of the most popular chat apps out there, Slack does a great job of bringing teams together. But there’s a downside to all that connectivity. Frictionless communication means it’s easier than ever to get interrupted or distracted when you’re in a state of flow.
With the new RescueTime for Slack integration, we’ve created an easy way to tell your team what you’re working on and protect your focus when you need it.
- Automatically update your status when you’re focused on specific tasks. Build connection (and fight interruptions) by showing teammates what you’re working on.
- Customize your Slack status for individual categories (and add emoji!) Set custom Slack statuses based on what you’re currently focused on.
- Trigger do-not-disturb mode when you’re focused on your most important work. Automatically block Slack messages when you’re focused on your most important work.
- Block Slack notifications when you start a FocusTime session. Give yourself total control by automatically silencing Slack notifications during FocusTime sessions.
See your most important RescueTime data and total time in meetings directly in Google Calendar
Calendars are the original time management tool. Unfortunately, your calendar only tells you how you want to spend your time. Not how you actually did.
With our new RescueTime for Google Calendar integration, you get access to your most important productivity stats, Goals, and total meeting time right inside your Calendar.
- See your RescueTime Daily Summaries right next to your daily tasks. Scan the top of your Google Calendar to see your total device and meeting time per day.
- Track your daily Goal Progress in your calendar. Click on any day and get a quick view of your daily Goals and progress to see how you’re doing.
- Instantly get a read on your total meeting time each day. Track the time you’ve committed to meetings and see how it has impacted your productivity.
- Jump to any daily RescueTime report directly from your calendar. One-click access to any full daily summary from your calendar.
- Keep up productivity streaks across weeks and months. Build better habits by tracking your productivity and total device time across days, weeks, and months.
No more cowardly lions: We’ve added support for the new Brave browser for MacOS, Windows, and Linux
After weeks of requests, we’ve added support for the new Brave browser across the RescueTime desktop app on MacOS, Windows, and Linux.
Now, you can get a detailed record of your time on websites you visit in Brave the same as you would on Chrome, Safari, Firefox, Microsoft Edge and Internet Explorer.
Screentime goals: Set, change, and delete your Goals directly from the iOS app
We’re spending more of our digital time on our mobile devices. And enhancing the RescueTime mobile experience is a big goal of ours this year. Our latest release (which you can grab from the app store here), brings the full functionality of RescueTime goals to the mobile app.
Set, change, and delete Goals directly from your phone, including screentime goals to help you take control of your mobile time.
Get clearer with your Goals: Use hours and minutes to update your daily goals
RescueTime Goals can now be set by hours and minutes, rather than just fractions of an hour.
This way, you can get clear about wanting to set a goal of spending no more than 1 hour and 14 minutes a day on social media.
Gamify your focus: Get real-time feedback on how focused you are in Day Timers
RescueTime Day Timers are an easy way to monitor how much time you’re spending on specific apps, categories, or productivity scores throughout the day. (To access, navigate to any report and click the green button label “Day Timer”).
However, you can also now quickly see how focused you are on that specific task from your Timer window.
When your Day Timer is open, RescueTime will look at the past 15 minutes and calculate how much of that time was spent focused on your current task. Think of it as a heart rate monitor for your focus, helping you train yourself away from multitasking.
It’s not just you: Check service outages with our new Status page.
We believe in the power of transparency. And despite doing everything we can to provide the best service possible, accidents do happen. When RescueTime goes down, even for just a few seconds, we want you to have insight into what’s going on.
With our new status page, you can quickly check and see if RescueTime is down. We also automatically update our status on Twitter.
What do you want to see?
We’re always exploring new ways to make RescueTime better.
What features or new integrations would you like to see? Let us know in the comments below.