Be Focused Pro - Focus Timer & Goal Tracker
By Denys Yevenko
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Staying on task seems is a real challenge for our screen-bound generation. The Be Focused lets you get things done by breaking up individual tasks among discrete intervals, separated by short breaks. It’s a surprisingly effective way to retain motivation and focus. Create tasks, configure breaks and track your progress throughout the day, week or custom period. Use either your iPhone, iPad or Mac – your devices always stay in sync.
- Manage your tasks
- Track your progress throughout the day, week or custom period
- Fast and easy goal tracking
- Customize to maximize productivity:
• Work interval duration
• Short break duration
• Long break duration
• Number of intervals between long breaks
• Target number of intervals per day
- Ability to start, pause, or skip work interval
- Auto-start the next timer (option)
- Ability to edit the number of intervals
- Export to a CSV file
- Ability to paste a task list from other applications
- Global hotkeys
- Optional ticking sound
- Custom alarm sound
- Launch at startup option
- Syncs between iPad, iPhone and Mac*
- Also available for iPhone and iPad
* Sync with iOS devices requires Be Focused Pro for iOS, sold separately.
What's New in Version 1.6.2
• Fixed "Unable to start timer" issue
• Updated the app icon design
• Multiple fixes and improvements
The app is good for keeping time on work or studying, and also for timing breaks, which helps to keep productivity high. The only issue with the app that is a major set back is the sync with other devices. If the timer is started on the iPhone it won’t display on the macbook unless a manual refresh is done. Sometimes the manual refresh does not work either so the account has to be signed off and signed back in in order to sync with server data. Starting the timer on the mac does not automatically sync to other devices as well. Refreshing the data on the iPhone will actually reset back the timer on the mac. Please fix this!!! Productivity takes a toll when working on a project and having to be glued to the mac to check, or having to guess, if the timer is working properly across all devices.
Update: An essential part of my routine
Although the name and the icon have changed several times, the app is great and I still use it almost every day. The glitches that were somewhat annoying in the past appear to have been fixed. I never have trouble with synchronizing or anything else. It’s a wonderful productivity tool, not too complex, but flexible enough with its parameters.
Original review: Have used it for several months
Often I stop using app store apps I have downloaded after a few days or weeks and then feel like a fool for having wasted my money. This one is different. It gives you the reminders you need and stays out of your way otherwise. Not too fancy, but has enough features to give me the customizations I need — you can change the length of pomodoros and breaks, and name the tasks you are working on.
I think the paid version is a little buggier than the free version for some reason, but I like the synchronization it offers.
If you find it skipping breaks, I suggest that you turn off the “skip break if idle” setting. That feature seems to be a little too aggressive about what “idle” means.
Simple and very helpful for my productivity.
This is a very simple app, which is exactly what I need to boost my productivity. While you can configure tasks and view progress, I just like to have a few recurring tasks to keep me focused. I have one for my GTD-like review process, one for work tasks and one for personal tasks. Once that was set up, I only have to click the menu bar and off I go. Pomodoros keep me focused for long enough to get meaningful work done, but let me take measured breaks so I don’t feel overwhelmed. The syncing to iOS devices is a nice plus. A fifth star would be added if it automatically linked to OmniFocus to read tasks. It’s not critical, but since I live by OmniFocus, it would give me a lot of additional benefit without a lot of extra work.
- Category: Productivity
- Updated: Dec 09, 2016
- Version: 1.6.2
- Size: 11.4 MB
- Languages: English, Russian
- Seller: Denys Yevenko
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Compatibility: OS X 10.9 or later, 64-bit processor