What are reasonable numbers for productivity pulse?
No one is 100% productive, and it's normal—and healthy—for productivity to ebb and flow. A variety of factors contribute to your Productivity Pulse and how it changes over time.
Are you running RescueTime only at work? Or at work and home, or on your phone/tablet, etc.?
People have many different contexts for the time they track which will cause the Productivity Pulse to display different patterns. For example, if you only use RescueTime at work, you probably won't see streaming services lowering your score. If you track both your work and non-work time, you should expect to see more entertainment represented. We don't want to push the idea that people should have a score of nearly 100 all the time—balance is critical.
You might be running RescueTime on your work laptop, on a home computer that you only use for personal reasons, on your phone and on a tablet. Your overall Productivity Pulse may hover around 58, but you'll see that 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 your activities 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). Please visit this page to see all your uncategorized activities.
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 working 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 also considered by many to be the number one distracting activity in a work environment. Your relationship with your inbox should determine whether you choose to view email as productive or distracting.