Do more in less time with 25 minute blocks. Take it one block at a time and surprise yourself with how much you can accomplish.
Inspired by tried and trusted time management techniques. Block & Flow is simple, beautiful and will get your productivity flowing.
- A 25 minute visual countdown keeps you focussed and avoiding distractions.
- Manage your energy levels with regular breaks
- Measure your day, week and longer by how many blocks you finish.
- Colour code a block for the activities that you do often or care particularly about.
- Goals enable you to be intentional with your time.
- History gives you understanding of where your time goes.
- A block’s duration can be changed to your ideal time.
WHY IT WORKS:
- It makes it easy to get the day started. Just do your first block.
- Creates an enjoyment and satisfaction as you see all that you get done. See your blocks build up one by one.
- It is clear when to stop. Stop when your block has finished, or after you have done x many blocks for the day.
- Every block that you finish is a small success. As these small successes build up, your self- belief grows.
- If you keep finishing your blocks. The time will add up to a lot and you will surprise yourself. (We under-estimate what we can do in the long term).
WHO IS IT FOR?
People tell me that they do x many blocks a day, or over a week which is fantastic. A few people have been completing their blocks for a year and more. I imagine someone completing their blocks over a month, a year and ultimately many years. I believe they will grow as a person, stretch themselves, and be surprised with what they are able to learn, create and accomplish. This is what excites me and motivates me to do my best for someone that chooses Block & Flow.
What will you accomplish, one block at a time?
Happy Block & Flowing
- A Monthly or Yearly Pro Subscription is offered. If you purchase a Pro Subscription payment will be charged to your iTunes account.
- Renewals will be charged 24 hours prior to the end of your current Pro Subscription.
- You can turn off auto-renewal at any time in your iTunes Store settings.
- Terms of Service: https://sites.google.com/blockandflowapp.com/legal/home/terms
Release fixes some minor issues:
- Order of the areas is now preserved after creating a new area
- 'Press to start' label shows in the block timer when the timer is stopped
- When an area is deleted the app no longer crashes when the next block completes.
I hope you are enjoying the app.
Ratings and Reviews
USED to be my favorite app
I paid for the upgrade and full version years ago which was supposed to be a one time purchase. Now I can't even do the basic version without paying a relatively high subscription fee. That is incredibly bad service for those that have been with you and bought it under old terms and conditions. I read a long "blah blah" response from the developer about 1000 true fans etc but I think they are also missing the fact that there are free apps out there and if you want to go viral it needs to be shared widely. I fully support and pay for apps that offer a free limited version and then a paid more fancy version. But this development in inordinately increasing the price for even those of us who paid for the full version years ago is bad business and I can't in good faith recommend them again. I used to even advertise this app in my lectures on productivity and to my grad students but no more.
Previous, outdated review: "This app is my favorite pomodoro app and I've tried dozens. I love the elegant design and the graphical representation of your work flow."
Developer Response ,
Thank you for taking the time to write a review. It is helpful to hear both the negative and the positive. I appreciate your frustration and would like to see if we can find a way to move forward and for you to enjoy using the app again. If you would like to send me an e-mail via the ‘Feedback’ button in the ‘About’ page in the Block & Flow app, I would like to try and help.
I would like to address your points and to also be candid with you. With regards to how the people were treated that had upgraded, I do feel I could have done this better. My big failing here is that I did not explain the change. Of course people will support or disagree with my course of action, but at the least I should have explained the change.
I understand your expectation about the in app purchase upgrade. I have reviewed the in app purchase upgrade and it enabled someone to create a further eight categories, to be able to export their data, and does not offer anything else or make any promises for the future. Irrespective you still had an expectation and if your contact me, I will try to make it right.
The in app purchase upgrade earned a tiny amount of money and was not enough to support the future of the app. If I had continued down this road the people that love using Block & Flow would end up not having an app. App pricing and business models can be tricky and I am trying to find a business model that creates a sustainable business and that works for the people that love the app. The first step has been to introduce ‘Pro’ subscriptions, which means I have a responsibility to provide a great app and to keep improving it, and in turn this is funded through a monthly or yearly subscription. When I introduced this, I did not know how people would respond and whether anyone would subscribe. I am grateful to the people that choose to subscribe and I believe Block & Flow has a great future because of their support. Thank you to the people that have subscribed, it is a big encouragement to see.
I did think long and hard about introducing the pro subscription and how to treat people that had previously upgraded. My aim was to give people the best experience of Block & Flow and for all the features to be available to use in the free one month trial. The intention was to keep it simple, and that if someone finds the app useful, they can continue using the app after the free trial month and purchase the monthly or yearly pro subscription.
For someone that had previously upgraded, they were given three months before being prompted about the pro subscription.
I really did not know whether people would choose the pro subscription or not. People do write to me with their stories of how they use Block & Flow, and what they have accomplished with the help of it. My thinking was that I need such people to support the pro subscription and that these people would probably be the people that had previously upgraded. I needed to find out if they would support me and the app going forward. It is a relief that people have as a majority been supportive and I am determined to do my best for them.
Having taken the first step, I do intend to revisit the free to pro subscription experience and to improve it. There are aspects of it that I do not like, and that could be done in a way that makes for a much better experience. I have had several good suggestions and am open to ideas for how to approach this.
Once again thank you for your feedback. I do hope that you contact me and that we might find a way forward.
I loved using this but...
The developer added a new subscription feature to support development of the app. That’s OK unless you purchased the app under a previous agreement. You could’ve done one of two things. First, you could have continued with this app and called it the classic version or something of that nature. You could’ve continue to update it and allowed for further use out of it for those of us who purchased it in good faith and wanted to continue to use it. Failing that and to me what would have been the better option would have been to grandfather everyone in who had already purchased the app under your old agreement. This way, you would’ve had a built-in base that would have advertised the app for you virally. Instead, I’m going to delete the app and go back to using “Forest” which has been upgraded frequently with no additional charges. I had purchased it also but ditched to B & F for reasons I had at the time.
This was bad execution for your customers. 👎🏽
Developer Response ,
Hello Scott, thank you for the candid review. I also want to say thank you for the encouragement and useful feedback that you have given over the last couple of years.
Your points are valid and there are definitely some actions that with hindsight I would have done differently. If you send me an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org, I will try to make amends for the situation.
In case it helps, I am sharing my thought process and how I handled the switch to a subscription model. For people that had previously purchased the upgrade in app purchase, I did give a 90 day window to use the app before moving to the subscription model. When considering what to do, at the time, I was really concerned about whether anyone would support the change to the subscription model and it failing was a huge fear. For Block & Flow to have a future, it does have to generate enough revenue to be a sustainable business. Whether people supported the change to the subscription or not, would decide the future. My reasoning was that if the people that have used Block & Flow for 1 year, 2 years, or more, do not see the value in the subscription, then the app does not deserve a future. This is why I choose 90 days, versus grandfathering, as I needed to find out if people valued what I have made.
Thankfully people do value Block & Flow, choose to subscribe, and choose to continue their subscription. This means a lot to me, and creates a great opportunity for the future. I am full of respect for the people that use Block & Flow, want them to do well, and want them to keep going with the different challenges that they set themselves. I imagine the change in a person if they keep doing the good work that they do with the help of Block & Flow, and imagine how far they will be after 7 years of such effort. I am trying to steer the future in a direction where Block & Flow becomes more and more useful, and that it is there for people for many, many years.
There are still many challenges ahead and I will keep taking them on one block at a time. I care about the people that use Block & Flow, and do keep pushing myself to keep improving, so that I can do more for them. They are very special people.
Once again, thank you for the fair feedback. I have been lucky to have you as someone that has used my app.
Pretty but not doing what I need
I really like the user interface and how simple it is, but it only breaks the block when you actually exit out of the app—if you just minimize it to go to another app, it keeps the block going. Found myself straying to Facebook, realized what I was doing, and came back to find the block still going. Not sure if it’s possible to break the block when it minimizes, but that would be good, especially if you can choose apps to exclude from breaking a block (I get a lot of calls on my cell for work so wouldn’t want the phone app included). Would be a good app for someone with better focus than me, I think, but I need something more intensive to break my bad habits.
Edited to respond to developer: being able to adjust severity would be awesome! I would personally want the block to break when exiting or minimizing the app.
Developer Response ,
Thank you for the review and helpful feedback.
What would you like to happen? Would you prefer the block is just paused if you stray to Facebook, or that the block is cancelled and reset back to the start?
This is an area that I plan to improve in the future. I would like someone to be able to change how strict the app is depending on their preference.
Once again, thank you for leaving a helpful review and thank you for updating your review to answer the questions.
- One foot after the other Ltd
- 27.1 MB
Requires iOS 10.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.
- Age Rating
- Rated 4+
- © One foot after the other Ltd
- In-App Purchases
- Monthly $2.49
- Yearly $19.99
With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.