7 Ways that Time Doctor helps you to be more productive

1. Time Doctor reduces time spent on distracting web sites
Web browsing is reported as the number one distractor in many productivity surveys. Reducing time on distracting web sites is a productivity no-brainer.  Browse a “non work related sites” like Facebook and Time Doctor will give you a gentle ‘nudge’ and remind you what you should be doing.

It also sends Web Site Usage Reports once a week outlining all application and website usage for each week for you and your staff (a great feature for businesses and individuals who want to find out how more about how they spend their time).

An example of the weekly Web Sites & Application Usage Report

2. Time Doctor reduces multitasking

For most tasks multitasking is an ineffective way to work, especially those tasks which require a high degree of concentration. Time Doctor helps its users keep focused on their current task while preventing outside distractions. The activity bar is a constant reminder of what you are working on right now (and how much time you’ve spent on it).

Time Doctor Status Bar
The Status Bar reminds you what you should be working on

3. Time Doctor helps you focus on your priorities

One very simple, but perhaps the most powerful principle of time management is to focus on your most important tasks. Time Doctor helps you to be constantly aware of your top priorities for the day and keep you focused on these tasks.

Time Doctor Desktop Interface
Time Doctor helps you organize your daily priorities

4. Time Doctor tracks every second of your activities in real time

In our opinion most other time tracking software is flawed, and only Time Doctor is able to track effectively all of your activities in real time. This kind of real time tracking is the only way to effectively track because it’s impossible to accurately remember at the end of each day exactly how long you worked on each task. 

Tracking in “real time” is essential to get an accurate picture of where time is spent. This kind of real time tracking also has other advantages; for instance, it helps you to be more aware of distractions and you can also see clearly how long each activity is taking.

5. Time Doctor encourages better communication within your team

Typically, other project collaboration systems work by creating a list of tasks for each person. This usually fine, except that often the tasks descriptions listed don’t really match what is taking place in real life. 

Another problem (especially in larger organizations), is that tasks can remain on the system for months without anyone looking at them.

Time Doctor works differently; because user tasks lists are focused around what is being worked on at any moment in time – your tasks and priorities are nearly impossible to lose track of. Optional screen captures can also verify exactly what is taking place on screen – managers can easily see if the work taking places matches the task description (with great accuracy). 

Additionally, managers receive daily reports of where time has been spent, what tasks have been completed and what their team’s top priorities are. Managers who use Time Doctor will always have their finger on the pulse (with next to no effort).

6. Time Doctor helps to improve email productivity

Time Doctor keeps sends weekly application usage reports so that you and everyone in your team will be aware of how much time they spend on email and chat each week. 

At the time of writing, we also have a new feature in the pipeline which records how many times you check your email each day. This helps to overcome problems such as “email addiction” (checking email multiple times through the day). In most types of work it is better to check email in focused batches rather than many times throughout the day. Time Doctor helps inbox addicts break their habit.

7. Time Doctor will help you spend less time “working”
Most people think that they work hard. However when you examine the reality of how much actual work was done, it’s often not as much as you think. What seems like a 50 hour week is 30 hours of real work, and 20 hours of wasted time. As you begin to measure what you actually do, you can cut down on the wasted time, and continue with your real work. The net effect? Achieve the same result with less hours worked. Working effectively is not about working more hours, but about getting more done with less effort.

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