November 17, 2015
You know, it’s easy to lose focus when there are so many other things happening around you that might require your attention. Maybe you get a phone call, a message, or email that pops in. Perhaps your colleagues keep asking you questions? It’s moments like that when you lose your focus and when your productivity drops off. The best way to stay focused is by using a productivity app, and, fortunately, there are several. But, there is one thing that separates the Productivity app, for iOS, from the rest of the herd.
Don’t expect a stunning user interface design: it’s a minimal app that aims to help you stay focused and track how much time you actually spend on each of your tasks. While it comes as a free download, you should be aware that there will be a $4.99 in-app upgrade to unlock all the features.
What Productivity can do is help you organize your activities: add a category, set goals, and schedule activities by time of day (morning, afternoon, evening, or night). Since the app is mainly focused on repetitive tasks, you can set your activities to repeat each day or on a chosen day of the week.
Now that you are all set, when you start a specific activity – “goal” in the app, because that’s the time you want to spend on that specific task throughout the day – simply tap on the goal to launch the time tracker. There is a problem with the free version, however: It won’t allow you to set more than three goals per category, so you will be tempted to make the purchase, because I assume you have more than three activities per day.
What’s good, is that you can run multiple timers in parallel and, if you forget to start or stop the timer, you can manually edit the activity time. An Apple Watch makes tracking easier, because it’s there on your wrist, and in such cases it’s handy.
Now, if you have been honest with yourself, you can see how you spent the day and whether you managed to reach your goal or not. That’s pretty helpful, because you’ll see what steps you need to take to increase your productivity, since that’s the whole point of the app. You want to do a better job in less time.
Productivity requires iOS 9, and it was optimized for 3D Touch. Interestingly, though, it wasn’t optimized for the iPhone 6(s)/6(s) Plus’s screen. Also, as I said before, it’s focused on repetitive tasks, so using it to measure time for a specific project is a stretch. But that’s something that could be part of a future update.
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