For all of its practical use at work, the Internet can also be a black hole of productivity, snaring your attention with hilarious cats, fantasy sports, and sporty hilarious fantasy cats. Uncover the awful truth about your virtual life, with RescueTime.
A free app designed to help maximize your online efficiency, RT continuously registers the software/web sites you're active on during the day, then breaks your usage down into that other hallmark of in-office time squandering -- graphs. Once up and running, Rescue tracks only one activity at a time (not idle background windows/tabs), then places them into appropriate categories such as Comm/Email, News/Blogs, Shopping, Social Networking, Calendars, and Sports; you can rank each category on a five-point "efficiency rating" scale to distinguish between work/play, and customized tagging's also supported, because around his 17,000th Karate Kid reference, even the Sports Guy becomes "Work". An online dashboard breaks the intel down visually, via bar graphs displaying the amount of time spent on your top 10 individual sites, categories, and tags, a graph comparing how you spend your time throughout each day of the week, and a simple thermometer-style plotting of your overall efficiency score compared to the average user -- leaving your girlfriend to reassure you it's not the size of your rating but how you use it, and you use yours really well!!! Even better than her ex, Dennis Rodman!!!
RT also drops a goal-setting feature, letting you declare how much time you'd like to spend on a certain tag or category each day/week, then track the target on your dashboard, as well as via optional RSS/SMS/Email alerts, though if you need a reminder to spend time putting your foosball-playing tabby on the IR, there's no way you're winning that league anyway.