Customize your work hours

Customizing your work hours is an excellent way for you to see the activities you logged during and outside your regular work schedule. By default, they are set to Monday-Friday, 8am-6pm, but you can customize your work hours however you like.

How do I customize my work hours?

This is an easy process that only takes a couple of steps.

  1. Click the Tools icons and select Advanced Filters from the menu.

  2.  Under the Your Work Hours section click the Edit Your Work Hours button so you can start customizing your work hours. Just select your starting and ending times from the drop-down menu.

How do I add a break or multiple shifts to my work hours?

Within your working hours, you can add a break or you can even add separate shifts. For instance, you might take an hour for lunch or dedicate some of your afternoon to activities that are not work related. Or maybe you work multiple shifts each day. RescueTime will continue to log activities during your breaks, but they will not be reported as work hours. Instead, those activities will fall into the time logged outside work hours. 

On this image, the graph is showing that working hours are from 8am-6pm with an hour break at 3pm. The non-work hours are on a light gray background to make them easier to identify.

Adding a break to work hours

Let's say that you work 8am-5pm Monday-Friday, and you want to take a daily break from 12pm-1pm. Here's how to set this up:

  1. Click the Edit Your Work Hours button and change the end time to 12 pm. This is the time when your first time period will end, and your break will start.
  2. To create a new time period click on the Advanced Options button. You'll see "add" written in blue—click on it and it will give you the option to add another shift. Choose what time you'll start working again after your break (in this example, 1pm).
  3. Adjust the end time of your second time period.

Based on this setup, RescueTime will consider those activities between 8am-12pm and 1pm-5pm as work hours. The report for the day will look like this.

Adding multiple shifts to work hours

The steps to set up shifts are exactly the same, simply choose your times accordingly.  As an example let's say your schedule is from 6am-10am and then you start back up from 4pm-8pm. 

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