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RescueTime (Automated Time Tracking Software)

Hey, NaNoWriMo writers! What does it take to write an entire novel in just thirty days?

Are you taking part in National Novel Writing Month this year? We're curious to know just what kind of effort goes into writing 50,000 words in one month. So we're doing an experiment, and we'd like your help.

If you participate, you will learn some awesome things about your writing habits. You will also get access to some great tools to keep you motivated and focused on finishing your novel.

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1.For the month of November, run RescueTime's productivity and time-management software to help get the most out of your time spent on the computer.

2.You will get a weekly report showing you how much time you are spending on your novel, along with other interesting facts about how you're spending your time.

3.We'll take a special look at how a project like NaNoWriMo affects people's productivity. (learn more)

4.To learn more, check out some of the things we learned during last year's NaNoWriMo.

You'll also get all of RescueTime's Premium productivity tools, free for the whole month.
If you would like to use RescueTime Premium after the month is over, you will be able to subscribe at 30% off the normal rate.

Block out distracting websites

Focus time

RescueTime lets you turn off distracting websites for a configurable period of time so you can focus on writing.

Set reminders to stay on track

Alert writing

You can select specific times to dedicate to writing, and RescueTime will give you a friendly nudge if you aren't spending your time like you planned.

Learn about your habits

Efficiency summary

A personalized weekly time-report helps keep you aware of how you are spending your time, and if you're staying focused on your goal.

How does RescueTime work?

RescueTime works by using a lightweight application to securely and unobtrusively gather information about what applications, websites, and documents you are spending time with. RescueTime then crunches that data into interesting and actionable insights for you, presented on a web-dashboard and in a weekly email.

A note on privacy

RescueTime takes your privacy VERY seriously. The only information that will be shared in this study will be high-level rollups of the entire group of participants. No personally identifiable information will ever be shared.

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Things we'll be investigating

Throughout the experiment, we'll be taking a look at the group-wide stats, looking for patterns that shed light on how to be productive in a project like this. Here are some of the big questions we hope to gain insight on with this study. Of course, we'll share all the good stuff with you as we find it.


You're all set up. Now what?

RescueTime is pretty hands-off by default. To take part in the study, you really don't have to do anything besides make sure RescueTime is running on your computer. (you should see the RescueTime icon in your Windows system tray or OS X menu bar). As we get into November, we'll provide you a link to a special report that you can use to understand your time spent writing.

You may also want to familiarize yourself with some of RescueTime's premium features that you can use to get the most out of NaNoWriMo.