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1. Plan your work

If your work at computer contains regular tasks that repeat on a daily/weekly basis, register them in the Settings dialog before going on.
Every task you want to measure must exist in your day plan. In order to do that click the Add Add ... button. The Task settings dialog shows up. Enter suitable description of your new task and set its priority. If necessary, setup other task properties too.

Task dialog
An example of a high priority task with time notification.

2. Work your plan

If you want to start working on a task, highlight it and click the Select Select button. This will set the task as current. Once you click the WorkWork button, Rachota will start measuring time you spent on this task. The same can be achieved by double clicking the task item itself.
If you need a break, click the Relax Relax button to temporarily suspend measuring the time. When you finish a task, click the Done Done button.
You will need to let Rachota know when you switch between tasks or you are leaving the computer. Rachota will continue to measure time until you tell it to stop or switch tasks.
Day view is obviously the most used part of Rachota.

Day view
Main Rachota window showing planned tasks at the end of a day.

3. Analyse your time data

Most likely you will want to use Rachota to generate reports that display your time data. To do this, switch to History tab and select the period of time you are interested in.
If you are curious about either working hours or times when you worked in the past, switch to the Times tab. Rachota provides three types of graphs and allows you to highlight tasks based on certain criterion.

History view
History view of two weeks data highlighting the time spent on e-mails.

If you need to know exactly what tasks you worked on during the selected period, switch to the Tasks tab. If necessary, use the Add filter Add filter button to narrow the set of tasks displayed in the table below.
If you need to generate a report or invoice for your boss or customer, click the Report Generate report ... button. In the Report generation wizard you will be able to specify properties like format (TXT, CSV, HTML), file name, description, content and things like that.

History tasks
Search for important finished tasks in October and November lasting more than two hours.

In order to see a breakdown of tasks by projects, switch to the Projects tab. This is where you can inspect your projects in terms of their time share, tasks, state or priority.

History projects
Breakdown of tasks by projects in 4th week of 2008.

Finally, Rachota can also analyze your data, compare them with other users and provide you with useful suggestions to better use your time in the future. To use this feature, switch to Analytics view.

Analytics view
Analytics view with comparison chart and suggestions.