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Timely’s simple automated approach makes it the definitive RescueTime alternative. Upgrade your automatic time tracking experience to manage projects, invoice and report accurately with ease.

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An alternative to RescueTime’s surprisingly manual functionality

Timely and RescueTime are the only fully-developed automated time tracking solutions currently available on the market. Both can capture everything you work on in the background for you, without the need for any manual timers or note taking. However, the tools diverge on the application and sophistication of their automation, and what you can actually do with your time data. Here are a few reasons why RescueTime users upgrade their automatic time tracking to Timely.

I needed a tool that could track specific projects

Timely is designed to help you seamlessly capture, report and invoice accurately across your project portfolio, whereas RescueTime is primarily designed for managing your personal productivity. As such, assigning time against different projects can become an extremely painful, manual process. The majority of RescueTime users who switch to Timely do so for the latter’s advanced project time tracking and task management features.

“RescueTime involved too much work to create invoices.”

Likewise, RescueTime just isn’t set up to translate your tracked activity into accurate invoices for billing clients. In contrast, Timely streamlines routine accounting through its native QuickBooks Online integration. Users can create accurate, professional invoices in bulk for all unbilled project work in a click.

I waste time trying to figure out how to process all of RescueTime’s information.”

Both Timely and RescueTime capture every second of your work day, so it’s important that the sheer granularity of that data stays accessible. RescueTime’s UI can leave users feeling overwhelmed by unstructured information, with many complaining that the manual effort required to categorize work into a meaningful format undoes the efficiencies won from its automatic features. Contrastingly, Timely lets you simply drag and drop tracked activities to your timesheet, or enlist AI to draft time entries for you.

Lately, there are some bugs that make RescueTime double count time — I had 48-hour days!”

Automatic time tracking is only accurate if the software powering it is actually reliable. From more intuitive mobile time tracking to ensuring automatic time tracking actually works on Chromebook, Timely guarantees regular developer attention across all of its apps. We are constantly refining and expanding what our automatic time tracking can do to offer you the best possible experience.

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What makes Timely the best RescueTime alternative?

Bill accurately for all work

Timely automatically captures the time you spend on every piece of work in the background for you. No guesstimates or overlooked billable hours from struggling to remember what you worked on. By producing a completely accurate timeline of every day automatically, Timely ensures every billable detail actually makes it to your timesheet.

Minimize time tracking overhead

Instead of starting and stopping timers as you move between tasks, Timely lets you stay 100% focused on your work. In addition to automating daily time tracking, it also minimizes timesheet admin by drafting time entries for you. Free more time for the work that matters!

Manage projects and report effortlessly

Report effortlessly with confidence

Timely makes it easy to translate masses of granular time data into accessible, professional reports for clients and stakeholders. Its real-time dashboards keep you on top of critical business information, including project budget spend, billable percentage, overtime and employee capacity.

Protect team trust

Offering user-level privacy by design, Timely is a tracking tool that teams can actually trust. Every employee gets their own private work timeline and they control what information goes public. We will never support creepy surveillance functionality — your private work data is for your eyes only.

Work anywhere

Timely is ready for wherever work takes you. With apps available on Mac, Windows, iOS and Android in addition to the web, you can move seamlessly between your laptop, phone and tablet. Our secure GPS location app also lets you automatically track the time you spend at different locations from your mobile — ideal for capturing travel, meetings, site visits and events, and logging time on the go.

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Why G2 users love Timely?

Teams of all shape and sizes upgrade their time tracking with Timely to effortlessly capture and manage their time. But don't just take our word for it — see how independent G2 users rate Timely against

RescueTime

Timely is rated highest for:
  • Ease of completing timesheets
  • Performance and reliability
  • Tracking time to projects
  • Billable time rate management
  • Project accounting/revenue recognition
  • Policy compliance management
Timely has an average 96% satisfaction rating for:
  • Ease of use
  • Ease of setup
  • Ease of admin
  • Quality of support
  • Ease of doing business
  • Product direction
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Work anywhere

Timely is ready for wherever work takes you. With apps available on Mac, Windows, iOS and Android in addition to the web, you can move seamlessly between your laptop, phone and tablet. Our secure GPS location app also lets you automatically track the time you spend at different locations from your mobile — ideal for capturing travel, meetings, site visits and events, and logging time on the go.

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G2 users love Timely

Teams of all shapes and sizes upgrade their time tracking with Timely to effortlessly capture and manage their time. But don't just take our word for it — independent G2 users rate Timely higher than RescueTime in almost every performance category.

Timely trumps RescueTime on these features:
  • Ease of completing timesheets
  • Performance and reliability
  • Billable time rate management
  • Tracking time to projects
  • Project accounting/revenue recognition
  • Integrations
  • Reporting
  • Invoice creation and delivery
  • Electronic payments
  • APIs, integrations and workflow
  • Mobile user support
  • Automated reminders
  • Policy compliance management
Timely is rated higher overall for:
  • Ease of use
  • Ease of setup
  • Ease of admin
  • Ease of doing business
  • Product direction
  • Quality of support

Timely’s top features

Teams of all shape and sizes upgrade their time tracking with Timely to effortlessly capture and manage their time. But don't just take our word for it — see how independent G2 users rate Timely against

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Automatic Time Tracking
  • Automatic activity timeline
  • AI-drafted timesheets
  • Automatic reminders
  • Idle time detection
  • Native integrations
Effortless reporting
  • Dynamic chart builder
  • Live client dashboards
  • CSV, XLS, PDF export
  • Project dashboards
  • Budget tracking
Accounting and billing
  • Invoice integration
  • Hourly rates
  • Billable/Unbilled hours
  • Mark hours as "Billed"
  • Time entry history
Real-time visibility
  • Automatic activity timeline
  • Automatic timesheets
  • Automatic reminders
  • Idle time detection
  • Native integrations
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Time spent on timesheets/week
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Time taken to onboard users
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Time tracking compliance
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What people make of Timely

What past

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users make of Timely

“Timely’s visuals of applications open in parallel make it much easier than RescueTime to figure out at big-picture level what you did in the day. Timely makes it easy to want to actually do your timesheet daily. The display of total Logged time in dollars on the time entry screen is a great incentiviser.”

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Andrew via Typeform
Andrew via Typeform

“I'm really liking Timely’s workflow and it is helping me capture absolutely every hour of my waking day so I can analyze how I spend my time and not miss any billable hours.”

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Dan via Typeform
Dan via Typeform

“Timely’s interface is beautiful. It makes the horrible task of logging our time more fun! The drag and drop features are marvellous and I really like the project management features.”

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Emiliano via Typeform
Emiliano via Typeform
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“Timely’s visuals of applications open in parallel make it much easier than RescueTime to figure out at big-picture level what you did in the day. Timely makes it easy to want to actually do your timesheet daily. The display of total Logged time in dollars on the time entry screen is a great incentiviser.”

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Andrew via Typeform
Andrew via Typeform

“I'm really liking Timely’s workflow and it is helping me capture absolutely every hour of my waking day so I can analyze how I spend my time and not miss any billable hours.”

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Dan via Typeform
Dan via Typeform

“Timely’s interface is beautiful. It makes the horrible task of logging our time more fun! The drag and drop features are marvellous and I really like the project management features.”

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Emiliano via Typeform
Emiliano via Typeform
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