Summer’s over. The kids are back in school. The out-of-office replies are becoming fewer and fewer. In other words, it’s time to buckle down and end 2019 on a high note. And we’re here to help.
At RescueTime, we know the value of vacations and downtime. But that doesn’t mean we’ve been slacking.
Instead, we’re bringing you a set of major new feature releases and updates that will supercharge your productivity from now until the new year.
Here’s what’s new in RescueTime:
- RescueTime for your Calendar comes to Outlook / Office 365 with a big update
- You can now schedule FocusTime sessions from your calendar (plus new block and settings pages!)
- Our main website got a huge makeover
- New Focus tools help you measure your attention when it matters most
- RescueTime for iOS gains Dark Mode support and Weekly Reports
- We added emoji support to almost every aspect of RescueTime
- Quickly toggle between Work Hours and All-Time in your main dashboard
Supercharge your calendar: RescueTime comes to Outlook / Office 365 with new features
Thousands of people are already using our RescueTime for Google Calendar integration and today we’re bringing all those features (and more!) to Outlook / Office 365 users.
Now, you can see key RescueTime stats right from your Outlook / Office 365 calendar, including total device time, a summary of your daily goal progress, productivity pulse, and a direct link to your full daily report.
But that’s not all!
Both Google Calendar and Outlook users now get added multiple calendar support to see all your meeting time as well as customizable daily summaries that let you change your calendar reports to plain text or view just work hours.
Focus when you want to: You can now schedule FocusTime sessions directly from your calendar
RescueTime’s FocusTime feature is one of the most powerful ways to protect your focus.
With FocusTime enabled, RescueTime automatically blocks distracting websites (like social media and news), puts your Android phone into do-not-disturb mode, and can even notify your coworkers that you’re focused via our Slack integration.
However, it’s not always easy to remember to turn FocusTime on. Until now.
Now, you can now schedule a FocusTime session directly from your calendar.
Simply enable FocusTime blocking on the integration page. Then, add #focustime to your event name or description and RescueTime will block all distractions for the duration of the calendar event.
New FocusTime block and Settings pages
FocusTime was one of the earliest features we added to RescueTime. And while we’ve added tons of functionality to it, the design remained… dated. But no more!
Today, we’re releasing not one. Not two. But three new FocusTime block pages you can choose from as well as an updated Settings page to make it easier to block the pages that distract you the most!
So fresh and so clean: We updated our main homepage with new branding and illustrations
There comes a time in every company’s life where you have to take a long, hard look in the mirror and realize it’s time for something new. And after 5+ years with the same homepage, we decided it was time for a makeover.
We spent months stripping back our homepage and clarifying all the amazing features and benefits you get from using RescueTime. (Shout out to the incredibly talented Francesca Buchko for her beautiful illustration work.)
Going dark: RescueTime for iOS adds Dark Mode and Weekly Reports
With the release of iOS 13, your iPhone and iPad finally support Dark Mode. And so does RescueTime!
Not only that, but we’ve also added Weekly Reports to our iOS and Android apps. Every Sunday (or Monday depending on your settings), you’ll be able to access your weekly stats (from both mobile and desktop) directly from the RescueTime mobile app.
Find more flow: Track your focus with new (and updated) Focus Tools
If you’re a RescueTime user, you already get deep insights into your time. But while we do a good job at showing you when you were focused in the past, active and immediate feedback on your attention in the moment has been a crucial missing piece of focus.
😀👍🎉: Emoji support in Highlights, Goals, Alerts, Categories, Usernames, and fields
Everybody loves emojis. Now, you can use them pretty much everywhere you can imagine in RescueTime from Highlights to Goals to Alerts to Category and User names.
Give it a try and personalize your RescueTime experience even more!
Get Work-life balance in a button: Quickly toggle between Work Hours and all-time in your dashboard
Your RescueTime dashboard is the quickest way to get a read on how you’re spending your time and how productive you’re being. But one thing that always felt awkward was quickly switching between all your time and just your work hours.
What do you want to see next?
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.