Focusbar

Developer: Macoscope sp. z o.o.

Current Version: 1.3

Last Updated: 3 years ago

Download Size: 2.6 MB - Download

Description:

NEW – we've added iDoneThis.com support to Focusbar. If you have a iDoneThis.com account, you can now submit your tasks to iDoneThis.com calendar at the end of your working day.

Bring your tasks to a focus with Focusbar - simple but powerful tool to help you work on one thing at a time. Stop multitasking and stay focused.

It's simple...
Just press ‘start activity’, type your task and press enter. Focusbar will show up on your screen from time to time, reminding you that it’s time to work on what you’ve planned.

It's smart...
Every time you switch to another window, Focusbar will show up – in case you want to check your Facebook account or spend two hours on Tumblr. It’s like a little pat on your shoulder which says – you silly, silly procrastinator, I know what you’re doing. Stop it and get back to work.

It's super effective!
The effects of using such a simple tool are really surprising - when you focus on just one item, you accomplish it much faster than you would have if you’d allowed yourself to be distracted or tried to multi-task. It’s really amazing how fast you can get something done if you focus. With Focusbar, of course.

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Release Notes:

• NEW! iDoneThis.com integration
• Start/Stop activity global keyboard shortcuts
• Bugfixes

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Most Helpful Reviews

5/5
Version 1.3
Review by chewybagel

Good Focus Reminders - I was a bit skeptical but actually having a visual display of the task at hand does cue me to keep on task more. And the integration with iDoneThis is very helpful.

Found helpful by 5 out of 5 people
1/5
Version 1.2
Review by ChocoAlmonda

Looking for more - Even when set to "Wild" on annoyance, I feel that it's not annoying enough. It does give you a nice reminder every 10 seconds or so that you should be doing something else. I look forward to more revisions of this app. EDIT - It needs to have some feature where it allows you to pick the application you should be in to complete your task. I set it to "read the odyssey" and opened the Kindle.app. When reading, it still popped up. It's not a very smart application.

Found helpful by 4 out of 5 people

More Reviews for Current Version

5/5
Version 1.3
Review by chewybagel

Good Focus Reminders - I was a bit skeptical but actually having a visual display of the task at hand does cue me to keep on task more. And the integration with iDoneThis is very helpful.

Found helpful by 5 out of 5 people
3/5
Version 1.3
Review by the_mrap

Useful with a painful bug. - The app itself does the job well. It constantly reminds me on my one actionable task. That's the awesome part. But when it starts at login, my computer freezes. I have to force-shutdown and then boot the computer again. Everytime, on the second time it works. It seems to be getting hung up on a high-priority operation. Hope this helps!

Found helpful by 3 out of 4 people
5/5
Version 1.3
Review by GinonRocks

Ever think, "Where was I again?" - I do all the time, it comes with the territory of my job. I often have to juggle a million little things at once, of varying priorities, so that I'm always interrupting one task to attend to another. With the iDoneThis Focus Bar app, I have a constant reminder of what task I should be focusing on. Love it. It's a completely unintrusive reminder but it changes the tenor of your work day because you set yourself a singular, big picture goal.

Found helpful by 3 out of 4 people
4/5
Version 1.3
Review by Siros

Good focus app but turn off iDoneThis reminder and make scriptable - I had been using this app for a few months. It does a real good job at keeping your attention on the task at hand. The only annoyance that recently appeared is the reminder of iDoneThis integration on startup. I have my workflow to automatically quit and open FocusBar on every job I do (I use the Pomodoro system), and it is really annoying that the iDoneThis reminder is there every time, that FocusBar does not anything until you click it away, and there is no way to turn it off. This has made FocusBar unusable for me for now. But it should be an easy fix? One feature enhancement I would request is one simple AppleScript command so that we can update the text in FocusBar with an automated workflow. I don't think there is a need for making everything (like the position of the window) scriptable, I just need the one command 'tell app "FocusBar" to display "My next task"'. Now I am doing this by hacking the preferences file with PListEditPro and that is supremely unreliable :/

Found helpful by 26 out of 26 people
2/5
Version 1.3
Review by scooterD3

Used to be fairly good... - For some reason it keeps popping up 3 seconds after I dismiss it. It is extremely annoying. The annoyance level is set on NONE, and yet it pretty much just stays up there. This is a very annoying bug I believe, as I don't remember this software doing that before.

Found helpful by 2 out of 2 people
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