What’s new in RescueTime: Slack and Google Calendar integrations, Screentime Goals, Brave support and more

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.

The majority of these updates are only available to RescueTime Premium users. Sign up for your free 14-day trial and try them for yourself. 

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.

Connect RescueTime to your Slack account

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.

Connect RescueTime to your Google Calendar

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.

Get the RescueTime Desktop App

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.

Download RescueTime for your iOS device

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.

Update goal time

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.

Update your Goals

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.

Open Day Timer

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.

Pick an activity and try out the new Focus Meter

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.

Status page

Follow us on Twitter to stay updated (and get great productivity content!)

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.

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Jory MacKay

Jory MacKay is a writer, content marketer, and editor of the RescueTime blog.

10 comments

  1. Phone pick-up tracking in android, and something to allow for recurring offline time/importing offline time from calendar or something of the sort.

  2. Hi.
    Please allow us to submit the reason in the offline time popup with just one click.

    Today, after clicking in the reason, the window expects me to fill “optional details for xxx”, which I never fill, and then click “submit it”. Can’t you change the order? (1) Fill the optional details and (2) then, when clicking the reason button, the window is dismissed?

    I know it’s a minor issue, but I have to do it several times per day, and removing one click is a major change for me.

    Thanks!

  3. Could you please work with Google / Android so I can finally track websites with my Android 9 device? I renewed my premium plan yesterday, but I’m very disappointed by the lack of such feature on RescueTime for Android. I use Firefox for Android.

    1. Hi Philippe. I understand your frustration. We feel it too. I’ll pass this along to our team, but as I understand it, the API that we need to get website information stopped working with the Android 9 without acknowledgement from Google. We had hoped Google would fix it, but so far they haven’t and our hands are pretty much tied until they do. It’s something we continue to look for a solution for.

  4. I would like to have this application in Android OS, For the application, how about the priority of task( for example red->must have, yellow-> good , green -> nice to have for example, if I have any further opinions, I will comment

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