Be Focused - Focus Timer & Goal Tracker for work
Developer: Denys Yevenko
Current Version: 1.6.2
Last Updated: 6 months ago
Download Size: 11.4 MB - Download
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
• Fixed app launch on Mac OS Mavericks (10.9)
• Minor fixes and improvements
Most Helpful Reviews
Great for Time Management - I just got the free version of this app today, and it’s been so helpful already. I’m a full-time freelancer who works from home, so sometimes it’s really hard to focus on tasks. This timer makes it easy but timing for 25 minutes then alerting me, “Time for a break!” followed by a timed 5 minutes (it becomes 15 minutes every few 25-min segments. I think every 4 rounds, but i’m not sure). You really don’t realize just how much time you’re slacking on until there is something constantly timing you. This is a great way to get things done!
Not working after last update - After the update for this current version. My app doesn’t open anymore. I’m using Mac OSX 10.9.5
More Reviews for Current Version
Good, simple timer! - I get distracted a lot while studying so this app is fantastic so far! I timed it so that I study for 30 mins each cycle with a 6 minute break in between. After 3-4 cycles, I take a long break for 15 minutes. You can set up this routine in the app and customize your time lenghts for the cycles and breaks! The only thing is I wish there was a setting for the alarm volume, I use earbuds and sometimes it’s way too loud (I have sensitive hearing). Maybe there’s an option to do so in the pro version, I’m not sure since I’m only using the free version. So far so good, I recommend the download! It’s simple and aestheically pleasing too.
Multiple tasks at the same time is not working - I added multiple tasks and if I start timer for one task for a while, then want to switch to another, timer in another task is showing the same time as the timer in the previous task! I thought that timers are independent and time kept is for each individual task. Is this a bug or design, I am not sure, but because of this it is useless for me.
Multiple features do not work; unusable. - I must have been using a different app than everyone else who reviewed this. There’s no notification when a period is over (despite the preference to notify on completion being checked in the settings). It looks like the app only notifies by sound, which obviously doesn’t work in an office; I can’t have my computer dinging every 5 minutes. I tried to skip a work interval to the rest interval after discovering that I missed half a rest interval due to the above problem (received no notification when the work interval completed) but the option to skip the work interval just started the work interval again; it didn’t go to the rest interval at all, and I was unable to make the app actually skip the work interval.
A focus app that sends you notifications? - It sort of does what it claims to. However, the fact that it intrudes with random notifications when you’re not using it makes this a complete non-starter.
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.