The Activities page is where you'll see a detailed view of your entire workday.
What is an Activity?
Productivity Scoring or Ranking
Activities are divided into three scoring or rankings: Focus Work, Other Work, and Personal Activities.
Focus Work includes high-impact, mentally demanding work that typically requires long stretches of uninterrupted focus to complete. Focus Work activities can vary from job to job, but examples of Focus Work include graphic design, writing, and coding.
Other Work often makes up most of your day-to-day work activities, and includes communication, scheduling, administration, and other tasks. Other Work is necessary, but doesn’t require deep focus and concentration, and can usually fit into smaller blocks of time.
Personal Activities are non-work activities like social media and shopping, which can distract you and prevent you from focusing.
How to rank or score an activity as Focus Work, Other Work, or Personal Activities
Use the arrows that appear when you hover over an activity to move it from one column to another.
For even more control over your reports, you can rank the activity at the sub-activities level by clicking on the "More Details" link. This brings up a list of the sub-activities (for example, individual emails or files). To move a sub-activity, hover over the sub-activity to show the dropdown menu. Use the dropdown to change the ranking of the sub-activity (Focus Work, Other Work, or Personal Activity).
What is a Category?
RescueTime sorts activities into 3 different categories: general app, communication app, and meeting app. Categories give RescueTime additional information about the activity in order to process it in reports accurately. It is less likely that you will need to change these default settings because they tend to be more universal, but you can adjust them as you see fit.
Most activities (whether they are apps, websites, browsers, or other computer activities) are categorized as general apps. This is the default setting for activities unless RescueTime recognizes them as belonging to either of the two other categories below.
Communication apps include apps and sites that involve non-meeting communication—email, chat, etc. Examples include Gmail and Outlook, and apps with chat features like Slack and Discord.
Meeting apps are apps/software that you use for meetings, such as Zoom, Google Meet, and Skype.
How to categorize an activity as General, Communication, or Meeting
Hover over an activity and click "More Details". Use the dropdown to choose the category for the activity.
How do I delete an activity?
You may delete activities or choose to ignore an activity entirely.
After clicking "More Details" under an activity, use the trash can icon to delete the entry. If you'd like to delete only a sub-activity, click the trash can icon next to the sub-activity.
How do I ignore an activity?
- Find the activity you would like to ignore. You may need to change the displayed date range to see more of your activities by using the date picker in the upper-right of the Activities page. Click on "More Details". Ignoring an activity can only be done at the parent level and not the sub-activities level.
PLEASE NOTE: Ignoring an activity also deletes the activity
- Click on the trash can icon under the activity title. Click the checkbox next to "Ignore this activity forever". If you choose an activity to be "ignored forever", it will be added to your ignore list in your Data & Privacy Settings. You can "un-ignore" activities from that list as well.
- Close the dialog box to complete the request to ignore and delete the activity.
- To see your list of ignored activities or restore an ignored activity go to your Settings > Data & Privacy page > Click on Manage ignored activities.