We believe that facts can be starting point for self-improvement: KnowSelf logs the activities on your PC – at the end of the day you can analyse: How did you work, for instance how focussed have you been? What did you work on?

For IT and strategy consultants, we have found time to be highly fragmented; and have realised that a visualisation of such fragmentation leads to a powerful “AHA!” effect (Pammer & Bratic, 2013). This is the starting point of learning and change.

Private logging: KnowSelf logs the activities on your PC/Mac. KnowSelf does not send your data to anyone! The app is executed locally.

Contextualised finding: KnowSelf remembers which documents and websites you used while working on tasks. If you use KnowSelf to track your tasks, you can easily retrieve resources you used whilst working on a task.

Time management: Check what resources and applications you used; how frequently you have switched between tasks? Take note of your thoughts on how well you managed your time!


Viktoria Pammer, Marina Bratic, Sandra Feyertag & Nils Faltin. The Value of Self-Tracking and the Added Value of Coaching in the Case of Improving Time Management. In: Design for Teaching and Learning in a Networked World, Proceedings of the 10th European Conference on Technology Enhanced Learning (ECTEL 2015), pp.467-472, 2015. DOI: 10.1007/978-3-319-24258-3_41

Viktoria Pammer, Marina Bratic. Surprise, Surprise: Activity Log Based Time Analytics for Time Management. 2013 ACM SIGCHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, CHI ’13, Paris, France, April 27 – May 2, 2013, Extended Abstracts. A* Conference

Viktoria Pammer, Stefan Edler, Hermann Stern. Visualising the Fragmentation of Knowledge Work. Nordic Conference on Human-Computer Interaction, NordiCHI ’12, Copenhagen, Denmark, October 14-17, 2012.

Download (for Windows .NET 2014 versions):
KnowSelfInstaller including connection to MIRROR Spaces Framework

Download (OS X):
KnowSelfInstaller for OS X

User’s Guide:
KnowSelf – User Guide

KnowSelf is provided free of charge for research and private use. Know-Center also grants a non-exclusive usage license for KnowSelf as provided on this site in the context of the Time Management Course on the IMC OpenCourseWorld MOOC Platform until end of August 2015. In case of other commercial use, please contact us at knowself@know-center.at.

KnowSelf: © 2014 Know-Center – All rights reserved. OS X Sensors: © 2014 David Ganster – Available also at: KnowSensorX

KnowSelf is provided “as is”, without warranty of any kind, express or implied. In no event shall the authors, holders of copyright or exploitation rights, be liable for any claim, damages, or other liability, arising in connection with KnowSelf and its use.

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Acknowledgements: KnowSelf was developed by the Know-Center (www.know-center.at), partly within the MIRROR IP (www.mirror-project.eu). The Know-Center is funded within the Austrian COMET Program – Competence Centers for Excellent Technologies – under the auspices of the Austrian Federal Ministry of Transport, Innovation and Technology, the Austrian Federal Ministry of Economy, Familiy and Youth and by the State of Styria. COMET is managed by the Austrian Research Promotion Agency FFG. MIRROR – Reflective learning at work – is funded under the FP7 of the European Commission (project number 257617). The OS X sensors were developed by David Ganster in the framework of his bachelor thesis at Knowledge Technologies Institute, Graz University of Technology.