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
- Different alarm sounds
- 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 1.6.2
• Fixed app launch on Mac OS Mavericks (10.9)
• Minor fixes and improvements
Effective and unobtrusive
The pomodoro technique is very useful. There are a zillion trackers, but this one is free and does the basics well. The time periods are adjustable, it’s unobtrusive when not in use, etc. So this is the one I ended up keeping on my machine.
One needed improvement: it uses 1.7% of my CPU even when it is not active! That is not much, but for an app that is supposedly doing nothing (except waiting to be started), it seems excessive.
Update July 2017: I’m still using it. The only ability I would add is a “stall” button. Often the end of a 30 minute period does not coincide with a natural break point, so I end up continuing to work. There is no way to “tell” the app that I’m still working, or ask it to “remind me” to take a break in a few minutes.
Dramatic Study Improvement
This app has dramatically improved my study habits and productivity. I start the timer when I sit down at the computer and then start working with the goal of reaching my first break. I can forget about the break while working because I know the timer will tell me when I can take it. Rather than constantly wondering if I have worked enough to “earn” taking focus away from my work.
I also like how it will not automatically start the break session but does not let you pause the break session either. This let’s me continue working if I am in the middle of something and does not let me "cheat" on my break.
Great for anyone with ADHD
I’ve had a problem keeping track of time and staying focused on mundane/boring tasks for as long as I can remember. I’m now 23 and this is the first I can say I’ve been able to stick to some kind of scehdule with any sort of consistency.
It’s also excellent in that it allows you to see what you’ve accomplished and how much time it takes (in the form intervals) you to do a certain task.
You can set the times that you spend working or on a break (short and long) and how often they occur. I’ve also found that the default times set work well, but everyone’s different and this app totally gets that.
I’d give it 6 stars if I could.
- Category: Productivity
- Updated: Mar 16, 2017
- 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