What are reasonable numbers for productivity pulse?
There are several factors that can contribute to where the baseline productivity pulse lands.
Are you running RescueTime only at work? Or at work and home, or on your phone/tablet, etc.?
Many people have many different contexts for the time they track which will cause the productivity pulse to have different patterns. We don't want to push the idea that people should have a score pegged to 100 all the time. Balance is critical.
So you could be running RescueTime on your work laptop, on a computer at home that you only use for personal reasons, on your phone, and on your Android Tablet. Your overall productivity pulse hovers around 58. But it rises and falls depending on the day or time of day.
Are your activities well-covered by our default categorizations?
If a number of categories are showing up as "uncategorized," and you don't categorize them, your productivity pulse will fall more towards the absolute middle of the scale (50).
Are you customizing scores and categories?
We do our best to provide good default scores, but we cannot fit everyone's situation perfectly. A great example of this is the person who works in marketing who spends a lot of time on Facebook for their job. That would fall outside the criteria on which we base our default scores. If someone didn't update their scores to reflect this, their productivity pulse would have a much different baseline.
How are you scoring your activities?
The productivity pulse is based on a value judgement by the user (or by our defaults) of how productive that activity is. It is something that tends to be very different from person to person. A great example is email. Many people consider email productive, as it is work. But email is the number one distracting activity in a work environment, and unfortunately necessary.