Be Focused - Focus Timer & Goal Tracker for work
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.
- 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
- Ability to paste a task list from other applications
- Global hotkeys
- Optional ticking sound
- Custom alarm sound
- Launch at startup option
- Also available for iPhone and iPad
- Full synchronization between iPad, iPhone and Mac
- Export to a CSV file
- No banners, no ads
What's New in Version 1.6
- Added new completion sounds
- Fixed the issue with "Skip break if idle"
- Added the ability to hide the task "Other"
- Changed the app name and icon
- Improved performance
- Multiple fixes and improvements
Makes Me Better at My Job
This app adds some structure to my day, and also reminds me that I need to step away from the computer pretty regularly. As a bonus I maintain a reasonably accurate record of my productive time spent each day, optionally on what task (yay data!). I say optionally because I don't always pick a task. I use the hotkey (CMD + Shift + r) to start each timer, so it doesn't really take any time or thought anymore to get that going. Sometimes I forget to start it, and that's fine. I'm not getting paid based on this app (but I have data about my work habits anyway!).
In general, I believe that I get more done using this app because I can say at any given time, "This is work time, I am working" rather than taking arbitrary breaks throughout the day. I do 20' on 2' off, in case anyone is wondering. I originally started using it to make sure I gave my eyes a break every 20 minutes, but the general productivity and focus benefits are there as well.
Definitely helps with focus!
What a simple but effective technique. I had been wanted to try out the Pomodoro Technique for a while. This app helped me implemement it.
Starting a clock for 25 min forces me to focus on what I want to get done next. Then knowing that I have a 5 min break every 25 min, keeps me focused on the task at hand. And that 5 min does so much to refresh me and make me ready for the next 25 min. In the past, I’d jump over to email when I needed a “break” and that was usually just a waste of time - or at least not the best use of my time.
I haven’t tried other apps, but I can’t think of what other funtiionality I’d need for this. I’ll probably upgrade to the paid version to have it sync with my phone. During the breaks, I leave my computer and want the timer to tell me when to come back.
I Like It A lot!
I sit in front of a computer screen for 8 hours a day. The eye doctor and my chiropractor tell me that I need to get up and walk away from the computer for a moment to give my eyes a rest and to keep my back and hips from ‘freezing’ up. I couldn’t seem to remember to do that, since the time passed by so quickly and I get wrapped up in my projects. So I went looking for an alarm app. This one has a free version, I can set it for time I want and it resets automatically. It even has a time between resetting to the 20 mins (or whatever you set it to). There are setting choices. I set it at the lowest 1-min. setting just to give myself time to move around a little and get seated before the 20 mins starts counting down again. It’s just what I needed. I like it a lot!
- Category: Productivity
- Updated: Nov 03, 2016
- Version: 1.6
- Size: 11.4 MB
- Languages: English, Russian
- Seller: Denys Yevenko
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Compatibility: OS X 10.9 or later, 64-bit processor