Time Sink helps you track how you spend your time on your Mac. It automatically logs opened windows and applications, and keeps track of how long you've spent using things in total (i.e. running), and in the foreground (i.e. actively using). It does this without any user intervention required to start or stop processes - it's just set-and-forget easy!

New ad-hoc timers even let you track time you spend away from your Mac, so you can capture your entire day.

You can view graphs showing your usage over time, sorted either by date and time (showing a logical view of your work habits), or by total and/or foreground time used, showing which apps and windows get most of your time. You can also create pools, which are groups of associated windows, to allow automatic tracking of activities -- put Safari, Firefox, and Chrome in a Browsers pool, for instance.

Data can also be exported manually or automatically, for further analysis in a spreadsheet or database program.

What’s New

Version 2.0.1

• Added a checkbox to include status item apps (e.g. windows from menu bar apps) in Time Sink's timers.
• The Escape key can be used to cancel app interval dragging in the Activity Report window.
• Fixed an issue some users of multi-display multi-Space systems had activating Time Sink's menu bar item.
• Increased report window minimum width to account for certain time formats.
• Fixed a bug that prevented Time Sink from working on Mac OS X 10.9.5.

Ratings and Reviews

4.2 out of 5
9 Ratings
9 Ratings
Gonzo-the-Great ,

Answer for: Were did my last hour go?

I write very few reviews. But Time Sink stands alone as the best (or only) app that tracks screen time, etc, so effectively. All too often, I find myself sucked into one app, then another, then websurfing, then writing an email, then … where did that hour go? I can be so focused on what I was doing I completely lose track of time. This answers the question. I’ve had version 1.x installed on my Mac for years, and I’m incredibly grateful it’s there when I need it (usually a few times/day). I can’t imagine working without it.

I will update this review for version 2.xx. In the meantime, if the new version is even close to the 1.xx, then $5 is a pittance to pay for the benefit I (and hopefully you) will gain from this app. It helps me stay in control of my time by reassuring me I was on task or showing me where I lost my path.

Whatever I’m doing, it keeps me honest. Thank you so much for Time Sink and the frequent (free) updates between the BIG releases. For my peace of mine, Time Sink has been repaid its cost to me many times over. Upgrading was a no-brainer for me.

ferretface99 ,

The detail I need

As a Flash animator, I often charge by the hour. And I often have lots of FLAs open at once. This app keeps track of each FLA inside Flash and logs the time I spend on each one individually.

SJP-iPad ,

Nice For Seeing Where Your Time Goes

This is a an application that I purchased just for fun and out of curiosity. I will admit that when I first began to use it I was a bit confused, seeing application times being displayed and then vanishing. I searched the menus and finally found how to keep the full list of applications visible, even when they are not active. Nonetheless, while the application appeared confusing at first glance, as I did explore the menus and get the settings where I wanted them for my personal preferences, the app became far more pleasing and interesting. It is useful and interesting to see where your time is going while sitting in front of the computer. The ability to drop and even blacklist an application provides some flexibility that can be useful. For future revisions, the app designers may want to consider a timer or timers that can be controlled by the user - such as for keeping track of billable hours while working on a project for a client. It is an interesting app at a reasonable price which seems to perform as advertised. I have not noticed any interference with other applications, but should that become an issue, the app can be shut down or set to use less processor resources. Nice app.


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OS X 10.8 or later, 64-bit processor



Age Rating
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