Record user activity

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debiasinicola posted this 23 October 2017

Hi,

I would like to know if there is an option to record user activity even if I don't have an active task (very useful to work out what I have been doing if I forgot to turn on the tracking).

Additionally I would be curious to know if there is an option to delete an individual activity manually, if I want to, rather than having them all erased after a month.

Thanks a lot!

Nicola

 

 

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Aleksandr Serdyuk posted this 23 October 2017

When the timer is stopped the time is considered non-working and private. Thus, no user activity is recorded.

At the moment, you cannot delete the activity. But we can delete it upon a request from you.

 

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debiasinicola posted this 23 October 2017

Aleksandr Serdyuk

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Dear Aleksandr,

I understand the reasoning behind your choice, but for my working pc it will be much better to have user activity always recorded (if someone doesn't want that, they can always turn it off, if there is an option). Perhaps you may want to consider it as a new feature?

Same thing for the second point, if there was an option, perhaps it would not be necessary to delete data that could be useful in the future.

Anyway just a suggestion, keep up the good work, so far I find your app very useful, thanks.

 

Nicola

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haug posted this 2 weeks ago

I agree with Nicola. While it makes sense that you want to protect the users privacy, there is no reason why the user should be prevented from opting in to having activity tracked when the timer is off. In an ideal world, we always press the timer button when we start a new task. But in reality you often forget to press the button or you transition to a new task without thinking about the timer. (And I say this after having tracked all my working time during the past 10 years, so it's not about getting into the habit or anything). So, as Nicola said, it would be extremely useful to be able to look at your activity and reconstruct when you started working on what.

Take a look at timecamp.com. They do it like that. 

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Aleksandr Serdyuk posted this 2 weeks ago

Desktop client has the tracking reminder feature. I think that "forgetting" can be easily compensated with the following two options:

  • Start timer automatically (when the app loads)
  • Remind to track time (you can set a short time interval)

 

 

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haug posted this 2 weeks ago

> Start timer automatically (when the app loads)

While that "solves" the problem of not knowing what you've been doing (because it will be in the activity log) - but only if you restart your computer every day, it won't work with hibernation - it creates a new problem: if you start the computer but don't start working immediately, you will have to manually delete the tracked time.

> Remind to track time (you can set a short time interval)

That works if you want to track basically all time at your computer as working time. But it means that the app will bug you (at short time intervals) even when you are not working.

 

 

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Aleksandr Serdyuk posted this 2 weeks ago

While that "solves" the problem of not knowing what you've been doing (because it will be in the activity log) - but only if you restart your computer every day, it won't work with hibernation - it creates a new problem: if you start the computer but don't start working immediately, you will have to manually delete the tracked time.

That's not entirely true, the TMetric desktop app reminds you to resume tracking time after logon.

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