As you may recall sLife is a free application that you can use to monitor which applications you use on a regular basis, and then graph the usage on a pretty chart. Previously sLife 2.0 application was only available for Mac users, but after four months the Windows version has also been released.
Most of the features available in the Mac version are also available for the Windows version. This includes things like setting goals, managing activities, viewing computer usage according to application/document/website, and more. Here’s a quick overview of the primary features:
- 5 visualizations to help you understand and manage your computer time and productivity: Day View, Applications View, Web & Documents View, Activities View and Goals View.
- Activities let you group computer interactions according to a criteria that you define. You can call an activity anything that you want such as ‘Checking email’ or ‘Consulting for client A’. As an example, imagine that you create an activity called ‘Reading news’ and associate it with the web page titles ‘New York Times’ and ‘Google News’. Every time that you visit the web page of the New York Times or Google News, Slife will associate the visit with the ‘Reading news’ activity and track time against it.
- Create a goal to help you spend less time performing an activity (i.e. ‘Watching YouTube videos’), or to motivate you to make more efficient use of your time.
- You can easily disable all activity logging in Slife without quitting the app by going into “Private Mode”. To do so, look for the Slife menu icon in the system tray, right-click on it and select the “Private Mode” item.
If you’ve been looking for a good way to track your computer usage I’d say sLife is about as good as it gets for the price… free! It’s like having your own personal stalker. ;)