Try RescueTime for Free in November


Participating in National Novel Writing Month? I’ve teamed up with RescueTime to provide my blog readers the opportunity to use the productivity-tracking tool FREE in November to help you reach NaNoWriMo success. Read on.

Last week on the blog we discussed productivity, and the idea of using auto-analytics to track your online habits and find ways to be more efficient in your work. I introduced an online tool, RescueTime, that can help with this. Since then, I’ve been talking with the folks at RescueTime and was impressed to learn that they’re actively seeking ways to improve their product so that it’s even better suited to the particular needs of writers.

As part of this endeavor, RescueTime has come up with an experiment in which YOU can take part, and it involves being able to use the Pro version of Rescue Time free for the month of November.

Robby Macdonell is one of the developers at Rescue Time, so I’ll let him explain:

RescueTime loves helping people make the most of their time, and even more than that, we love understanding how people make the most of their time. We want to know what it takes to undertake a project like NaNoWriMo—and more than that, we want to know if writers have unique productivity issues that RescueTime could address. So we’re doing an experiment, and we’d like your help.

If you use RescueTime’s premium productivity and personal analytics software for the month of November (free), you’ll be able to track your time on the computer and get a good understanding of how productive you are being while you work on your novel. You’ll also get to use our productivity-enhancing tools that let you block out distracting websites and get daily progress alerts when you reach your goal for time spent writing. Along the way, you’ll get detailed reports of how you are spending your time, as well as a few writing-specific reports, specially cooked up for NaNoWriMo.

At the end of the study, we’ll look for patterns among all participants, and see if we can spot any trends that reveal ways to help writers stay motivated and focused. Of course, we’ll share the cool stuff we find.

As a way to say thanks, anyone who participates and would like to continue using RescueTime’s Premium services after the experiment is finished will have a chance to do so at a discount.

If you’d like to try RescueTime for a month and help us learn more about the writing process at the same time, you can join the study here.

And by the way, you don’t have to officially be doing NaNoWriMo to take part. Simply set a word count goal for November, and sign up.

This sounded like a great deal to me, so I wanted to share it with you. I’m also undertaking my own experiment with RescueTime. They’ve provided me their Pro version so I can get serious about tracking and improving my productivity. I’m going to work with it for the next couple of months and report my findings back to you.

So, will you take RescueTime up on their offer? Let me know!

Click here to learn more and sign up.

Click here for a quick guide to getting the most out of RescueTime Pro, including tips on how to block distracting websites, set up a writing schedule, create productivity alerts, and more.

  1. Danyelle says:

    What an awesome tool! I’m going to share it with my blog readers and NaNo circle. Thanks!

  2. This is awesome! I’m heading over to sign up now. Thanks for the info.

  3. amber says:

    I’ve been using rescuetime lite and would love to try to pro version in November. Thanks for this great opportunity!

  4. Mary Garcia says:

    Thank you for posting this. I tend to get distracted easily and am looking forward to being able to block my timewasters.

  5. Thanks, Rachelle, I am ging to try it.

    Lyndie Blevins

  6. Jane Wells says:

    Thanks, Rachel!
    I’ve signed up, and have the same questions as Becky. None the less, even the light version looks like it’s going to shame me into better behavior!

  7. Okay. Maybe I’m going about this wrong?

    I went to RescueTime and tried to download the program – the only one I’m able to download for free is the Lite version. Which is great, but it’s not the Pro version you’re talking about here. Do I wait until Nov 1st to get that? And now that I have the free Lite version, am I going to be notified of the free month of Pro in November?

    Robby – one other thing: I couldn’t find this offer on the NaNoWriMo website. You should have them include it in their Fun Stuff/Special Offers!


    • Robby says:

      Hi Becky! For anyone signing up through the page linked above ( you should get all the pro features from now until the end of November, even though the sign up page says you’re getting the lite version. (we’ll be cleaning that up in the next day or so.) If you’re not seeing the Pro features, something is wrong on our end. Can you open a help ticket at We’ll make it right for you! Thanks!

  8. I’m down with this! Gearing up for NaNo already so this is perfect timing! Thanks Rachelle, for sharing this, and thanks, Rob, for being available.

  9. Rachelle, thank you for letting us know about this opportunity. I can’t wait to try this during NaNaWriMo.

  10. Nikole Hahn says:

    I passed this info on. I tried Nanorimo once, but I couldn’t work that way. I’m such a planner and need to write relaxed. I did, however, get a great idea for a novel.

  11. joylene says:

    Just to receive Rescue, I’m tempted to do NaNo, but … I’ve got to finish my current WIP. I have to! Darn. Well, I hope they are able to make Rescue even better. I’ll wait until December and then take a serious look at it. Thanks.

  12. Okay, I’m in for NaNoWriMo, but I sure could use some more buddies to challenge me! My handle is swright011699 if anyone wants to add me to their buddy list.

  13. Heather says:

    I’d love to do this, but have 1 question. I have a work computer (at the office) and a home computer. Can it track on both?

  14. Sarah Thomas says:

    I’ve been using it for a little over a week now and am pleased to report that I’m actually wasting LESS time on social media than I thought!

  15. Roxanne Sherwood Gray says:

    Wow. Thanks so much for sharing this opportunity. I definitely need to increase my productivity. NaNo is a great time to try this.

  16. Lanny says:

    Rachelle, you are a breath of fresh air! Thanks so much for this latest act of kindness from you. I will indeed sign up for RescueTime, since I’m also doing NaNoWriMo in November.

  17. Prithika says:

    Thanks for this chance to try out Rescue Time. I’ve just been struggling with a dip in my productivity.
    Emails, websites and pending housework have all combined to make the second half of October extremely unproductive for me.

  18. Hi Rachelle,

    Thanks for caring enough to post this and help us regain some precious time. I’m going to give this a try. With my day job, every time to write is a precious moment (not to be confused with the little statues of kids).
    I’m guessing on 80,000 words for the mystery/thriller I’m working on, so I’m trying to hit 30,000 by November first. Away we go!

  19. I’ve been meaning to do this for awhile. This was the push I needed. Thanks for sharing Rachelle and Rescue Time.

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