Meet Focus: the best time manager for iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch and Mac. Focus is the most elegant and professional way to get more wore done, working in highly efficient work sessions, one task at a time.
“[…] a tool that can genuinely make people more productive" – MacStories.net
“[…] a must-have for anyone who finds themselves easily getting distracted or forgetting to take occasional breaks." – iDownloadBlog.com
Focus Sessions are a highly efficient way to work. Focus for 25 minutes, then take a short break to relax your mind. After four sessions, take a 15 to 20 minute break. This method maximizes energy, stimulates creativity and promotes a sense of achievement!
Focus includes a lightweight task manager that lets you organize the things you want to work on intuitively. By working on one task at a time, you won’t be distracted and can focus all your attention towards completing that goal. That way you’ll be perfectly organized on your path to success.
Check what you’ve already done! Focus keeps track of your work and offers in-depth and motivating statistics. See your daily, weekly and monthly activity so you don’t lose sight of the big picture.
Seamlessly use Focus on your Mac, iPad, iPhone, and Apple Watch. Sync across your devices using iCloud; use Handoff to pick up your current work on another device and get up-to-the-second data with iCloud Push. You can also use the Today widget to quickly glance at your progress, import tasks using the handy Action extension, and more.
FOCUS & APPLE WATCH: A PERFECT FIT
Using Focus on your wrist is a natural fit. The independent Apple Watch app is made for for easy and lightweight interactions that lets you control sessions and track your progress throughout the day. With the Focus complication, you can customize your watch face to see your current progress at a glance.
One subscription for all devices (Mac, iPhone, iPad and Apple Watch): Focus Pro includes lightweight task management, in-depth activity data, fast and secure iCloud sync to have your data across all your devices and more for $4.99/month or $39.99/year.
Special offers for existing customers as well as free trials are available.
Price and duration of each subscription is displayed in Focus, updated at the time of purchase. Payments will be charged to iTunes account at confirmation at purchase. Subscriptions automatically renew unless auto-renew is turned off no later than 24h before the end of the current period. Subscriptions and to-renewal can be managed / turned off in the iTunes account settings.
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Introducing the Focus URL Scheme: create tasks and control the timer from outside the app.
Read more and see all available options at masterbuilders.io/url-scheme
Ratings and Reviews
Better alternative to Be Focused Pro
I used to use Be Focused Pro, but got frustrated that I kept losing my data when I wanted to look back at the reports to see my progress. Using Focus was a lot better because I can visually see how my productivity varies each week/month and how much time I put into each task. One time the Focus iOS app wasn't syncing correctly with the Mac app but I was able to receive help after emailing the support team. I am very satisfied that I still have my session progress saved. This app informed me about my productivity in my fall semester of college and I am looking forward to continue using it to finish my senior year (especially with Student Teaching tasks!). I also really love the menu bar item because it reminds me to get work on the present task. The dark mode and accent colors are a nice and necessary additions, as someone who works on my computer at night. Overall I would recommend this app to anyone who wants to keep track of their productivity with the Pomodoro method or set up their own work and break session length. Keep up the good work!
Unreasonable Expectations of Customers
This is not a new concept and I am positive Focus is not the first to create this sort of application--it certainly is not the only one. What did I get from my download? I got hit with a descriptions of payment plans, a whopping $4.99/mo for the month-to-month subscription. Upon investigating what $4.99/mo would get me, I found the app that is a literal start-stop timer that you are expected to use again and again and again cycling 5 and 20 minute breaks at the right intervals. I don't suspect many would be willing to fork over $4.99/mo at this point when so many subscription based models are vying for our money. I'm in fact disappointed that such a simple application (even slightly unattractive visually) would even ask for a subscription, and not even at a more reasonable $.99/mo or a $1.99/mo. I might have even tried to use this app for its intended purpose, but I doub if it even helps people focus. Big pass. I think you should reconsider how to make money in the app world. Do not expect for a second that the world shares your enthusiasm for your products and pricing. I apologize for the critique as I'm sure you are lovely people. Think about it.
Developer Response ,
Sorry to hear that Focus is not the right app for you. If you know what the pomodoro technique is and wanted to work that way to be more productive, you would’ve got more value out of Focus. Please keep in mind that the price for the yearly subscription is way cheaper and you have a free trial to see if this works for you (the timer functionality is completely free btw). Focus will turn 5 this winter and it is the only app in this space that gets regular updates and new features, so we are very confident in our business model and thanks to it we will still be around in 5 years ;-) I’m sure you’re also a very lovely person, so no hard feelings. Best, Jan
Nice app that needs improvments
I used multiple Pomodoro concept apps but found Focus 5 a nice app that can be on the top list. I tried 7-days trial version in Mac and iOS, and I liked its sleek design and smooth sync function. They pay attention for the details in the activity part, with the visual coloring for higher or lower activity on that period. I liked it!
However, some works need to be improved. For example, when the focus or break time is finished and you add a new task, you have to click "Show Task Details" drop down to activate the task; otherwise, the currently active task will stay active. I think when I create a new task, that means timer should be activated on the newly created task automatically without clicking the details.
Also, while I'm ok with the subscription model, the price is steep for the newcomers, and there is no education, academic or other sorts of discount.
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