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Jan 31 2009

Tracking your Time in iGoogle, NetVibes, and Windows Vista

Activity TrackerThis is not a new application but one I have just stumbled across and one that looks quite useful, especially for Windows users.

This is available as an iGoogle App, a NetVibes App or a Vista Sidebar Widget.

A lot of iGoogle apps lose their appeal after they’ve started to clutter up your homepage and haven’t been touched in days, weeks or even months.

The Activity Tracker is an exception to this rule however and offers a staggering level of organizational potential through a simple yet detailed interface.

The add-on allows users to manage their work to the exact minute by creating a virtual to-do list combined with a punch-card system. Activity Tracker functions through monitoring the amount of time that has been spent on a given task, recording the duration through a timer which is stopped and started by the user.

It allows for a list of upcoming jobs, actions and plans to be customized (and displayed in the drop-down menu for easy reference) then times out the given period. The program is exceptional for a variety of purposes and has been created to be simple yet effective enough that it can be used for anything from casual time management to professional work.

Anyone who finds themselves having a hard time staying on task or remembering how they divided up the work day can benefit from making use of the iGoogle Activity Tracker.

It’s a fantastic tool to have on hand for users as wide-ranging as students who need to manage their homework or studying scheduling to consultants who track the minutes of their work to submit for later payment.

There are a lot of alternatives to this Activity Tracker and I will cover some more of them in upcoming reviews.

If you have any experience in using this or another application like it, I would love to hear from you so please comment below.

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  1. Donny Gamble said on February 1st, 2009 at 5:19 pm

    I think if I tried to keep a schedule of everything it is that I am trying to do for the week, it would probably last for a couple of weeks and then quickly die off.

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  2. David Pierce said on February 1st, 2009 at 8:51 pm

    This is great! I love the idea of knowing the time you start doing something, and the time you finish. It’s great for checking where your time goes, not to mention telling someone else about it later. I get the “what’d you do yesterday” question often, and usually a blank stare comes out. This might help… thanks!

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  3. Jille Floridor said on February 10th, 2009 at 8:44 am

    This certainly looks like a great tool! This could be a reason to start using igoogle again. I’ve been looking for similar (free) tools for a long time, but never really found one that suited me, so I’m looking forward reading your reviews of the alternative tools!

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