RescueTime alternative | Timely

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.
“RescueTime is not built to understand time from a project/task perspective; it's a productivity perspective. Timely saves time in terms of categorizing and billing — it's simpler.”
— Eryc via Typeform

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.

Bringing automatic time tracking to QuickBooks

Our QuickBooks integration lets you draft accurate invoices for all unbilled
work in Timely with a click and send them directly to QuickBooks Online.
Import all of your Toggl projects, users, clients and tags to Timely in a matter of seconds.

How to make the switch
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What makes Timely the best RescueTime alternative?

Offering AI and automation, Timely is quite a jump from RescueTimes manual approach. It completely flips the time tracking experience: instead of making you constantly interrupt your day to tell Timely what you worked on, Timely tells you with complete objectivity! Here are a few reasons why RescueTimes  users switch to Timely.

Bill accurately for all work

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

Save hours on time tracking

By tracking time automatically for you, Timely reduces weekly timesheet admin from 2 hours to 10 minutes. Just drag and drop tracked activities to your timesheet to log them, or click to approve time entries drafted by Timely’s AI. The whole ideas is to help you focus fully on your work without being interrupted by manual timers.

Manage projects and report effortlessly

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.

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.

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 — independent G2 users rate Timely higher than RescueTime in almost every performance category.
Compare Timely and RescueTime on G2

Timely trumps RescueTime on these features:

  • Ease of completing timesheets
  • Project accounting/revenue recognition
  • Invoice creation and delivery
  • Electronic payments
  • Performance and reliability
  • Billable time rate management
  • Tracking time to projects/tasks
  • 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
  • Quality of support
  • Ease of doing business
  • Product direction
Timely is a leader in Time Tracking on G2
Timely is a leader in Time Tracking on G2
Timely is a leader in Time Tracking on G2
Timely is a leader in Time Tracking on G2
Timely is a leader in Time Tracking on G2

Timely’s top features

Automatic Time Tracking

  • Automatic activity timeline
  • Automatic timesheets
  • Automatic reminders
  • GPS location tracking
  • Native integrations

Effortless reporting

  • Dynamic chart builder
  • Live client dashboards
  • CSV, XLS, PDF export
  • Project dashboards
  • Budget tracking
  • Flexible tags

Accounting and billing

  • Invoice integration
  • Hourly rates
  • Billable/Unbilled hours
  • Mark hours as "Billed"
  • Time entry history

Real-time visibility

  • People dashboard
  • Overtime
  • Individual capacity
  • Activity overview
  • Planning

10 minutes

Time spent on timesheets/week

< 5 minutes

Time taken to onboard users


Time tracking compliance

What past RescueTime 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.”
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.”
— 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.”
— Emiliano via Typeform

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