Keep in mind that these are some of the tools I’ve looked at personally and feel can work for people. I may be missing some, but it is only because either they are obvious (re: Microsoft Word), I wasn’t a fan of them, or simply haven’t tried them yet. I also have not listed pricing here as that can change over time. This is a living document, as there are more being added to the list regularly.
My Minutes – A great way to track how long you have spent over a longer period of time working on particular tasks. This app is a great way to keep tabs on how long you are engaged in deliberate practice.
@Timer – A simple timer that has pre-determined times ready to go. If you’re looking for something that requires no setup and does one thing really well, @Timer is ideal
The Emergent Task Planner – Created by Dave Seah, this is a great way to map out your day on paper and keep it both manageable and trackable.
Concentrate – The great thing about Concentrate is that you can go really in-depth about what you want to be able to do on your Mac at any given time. It’s what I call a “forced discipline” application, and it sure does the trick – I still use it to this day.
RescueTime – RescueTime gives you a comprehensive analysis of the time you spend on your computer every day. as well as where you spend it. And all of that goes on in the background so it doesn’t require you to enter any data.