Time Sink helps you track how you spend your time on your Mac. It automatically logs opened windows and applications, and keeps track of how long you've spent using things in total (i.e. running), and in the foreground (i.e. actively using). It does this without any user intervention required to start or stop processes - it's just set-and-forget easy!
New ad-hoc timers even let you track time you spend away from your Mac, so you can capture your entire day.
You can view graphs showing your usage over time, sorted either by date and time (showing a logical view of your work habits), or by total and/or foreground time used, showing which apps and windows get most of your time. You can also create pools, which are groups of associated windows, to allow automatic tracking of activities -- put Safari, Firefox, and Chrome in a Browsers pool, for instance.
Data can also be exported manually or automatically, for further analysis in a spreadsheet or database program.
• Added a checkbox to include status item apps (e.g. windows from menu bar apps) in Time Sink's timers.
• The Escape key can be used to cancel app interval dragging in the Activity Report window.
• Fixed an issue some users of multi-display multi-Space systems had activating Time Sink's menu bar item.
• Increased report window minimum width to account for certain time formats.
• Fixed a bug that prevented Time Sink from working on Mac OS X 10.9.5.
Ratings and Reviews
Works well, but a little confusing
The reporting in this app is not intuitive and does not have a feature to view total time spent on your machine, only can view broken up into applications. I later realized that looking at the "Finder" time worked for that since it is always open on Mac.
I found the reporting a little confusing and I am still not sure if every website I visit is tracked somewhere. Would like a little more info about this and a better explanation of the reporting might be helpful.
Overall a nice app, but it takes a little bit to understand, especially the sliders on the reporting.
Answer for: Were did my last hour go?
I write very few reviews. But Time Sink stands alone as the best (or only) app that tracks screen time, etc, so effectively. All too often, I find myself sucked into one app, then another, then websurfing, then writing an email, then … where did that hour go? I can be so focused on what I was doing I completely lose track of time. This answers the question. I’ve had version 1.x installed on my Mac for years, and I’m incredibly grateful it’s there when I need it (usually a few times/day). I can’t imagine working without it.
I will update this review for version 2.xx. In the meantime, if the new version is even close to the 1.xx, then $5 is a pittance to pay for the benefit I (and hopefully you) will gain from this app. It helps me stay in control of my time by reassuring me I was on task or showing me where I lost my path.
Whatever I’m doing, it keeps me honest. Thank you so much for Time Sink and the frequent (free) updates between the BIG releases. For my peace of mine, Time Sink has been repaid its cost to me many times over. Upgrading was a no-brainer for me.
The detail I need
As a Flash animator, I often charge by the hour. And I often have lots of FLAs open at once. This app keeps track of each FLA inside Flash and logs the time I spend on each one individually.
With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.