Life Balance

Developer: Llamagraphics, Inc.

Current Version: 5.6

Last Updated: 4 years ago

Download Size: 3.6 MB - Download

Description:

Chances are, you spin your wheels on stuff that doesn't matter to you more than you would like to admit. Maybe you are exhausted and stressed out from work. You spend too little time with friends and family, having fun. Your to do list is more of an enemy than a friend, filled other people’s priorities. You think, if only I worked harder, I could accomplish important life goals. That strategy does not work over the long haul.

Life Balance offers a more relaxed approach to getting things done. Influenced by psychological research on happiness and by our own struggles to keep it together when life gets crazy, we developed a time management software that is guided by your dreams. It helps you ensure that your daily routine really serves your long-term goals.

Take your dreams seriously and avoid burnout and stress. Download Life Balance and let it gently guide you to the serene, organized and productive life you want. Life Balance users are accomplished at work, engaged in their social life and community, and still have time to pursue a hobby or interest. You probably know and admire some of these people. With Life Balance, you now can become one of them.

Features:

• Outline with section drill down, rearranges easily
• Task list responds to changing priorities on the fly
• WIFI sync to iOS version (sold separately)
• Pie chart feedback
• Filter using places with scheduled hours
• Optionally syncs with iCal (does not yet support new MobileMe calendars)

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Release Notes:

Fixes a bug in 5.5 that could delete a Life Balance document when the application is relaunched.

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Most Helpful Reviews

5/5
Version 5.6
Review by CaitMcC

addicted to this app for 20 yrs - I am addicted because 1) I have been using Life Balance by Llamagraphics for at least 20 years and have never outgrown it. 2) Easy to change major goals and life directions on the fly - on my iPhone on a 5 min break at work. 3) I love the feedback in the pie chart (is achieving this goal taking more/less effort than I thought?) I'm learning about my personal planning process and my values from this feature. 4) Easily save my entire database to an archive file for my 6 mos review of my piechart, contexts (places), goals, tasks 5) Using this software has taught me to really think about my goals and efforts, etc not just throw ideas down and yell at myself for not crossing things off faster.

Found helpful by 24 out of 25 people
1/5
Version 5.6
Review by Bird_of_Prey

Feel like I wasted my money - I like the concept behind the app, but its not user friendly at all. I spent more than 30 minutes trying to get it to add events for today to my “To Do List”, the event just stays in the outline. Certain due dates show up as more important (i assume thats what green red and yellow mean) when they should when they should be less important and vise versa. There is a 10,000 word manual (called “table of contents”) that details how to use it, but even that can’t be used because bits and pieces of the manual only apply to the older version, making it even more complicated to figure out. I would change my rating if the app was more user friendly and included a quick & easy to understand video that details how to use it

Found helpful by 5 out of 7 people

More Reviews for Current Version

5/5
Version 5.6
Review by CaitMcC

addicted to this app for 20 yrs - I am addicted because 1) I have been using Life Balance by Llamagraphics for at least 20 years and have never outgrown it. 2) Easy to change major goals and life directions on the fly - on my iPhone on a 5 min break at work. 3) I love the feedback in the pie chart (is achieving this goal taking more/less effort than I thought?) I'm learning about my personal planning process and my values from this feature. 4) Easily save my entire database to an archive file for my 6 mos review of my piechart, contexts (places), goals, tasks 5) Using this software has taught me to really think about my goals and efforts, etc not just throw ideas down and yell at myself for not crossing things off faster.

Found helpful by 24 out of 25 people
5/5
Version 5.6
Review by thewolf4t

User Friendly, Helpful for My Needs - Easy to use. Like ability to break tasks into smaller tasks as needed. Like Colors. Wish it was a little cheaper, but I'm happy with my purchase.

Found helpful by 2 out of 2 people
4/5
Version 5.6
Review by [email protected]

Long time user for good reason, but would like to see new improvements - I use Life Balance rather than OmniFocus. Both a good, but here's why Life Balance is better for me: - LB's pie chart shows a quick view of how I'm doing balancing various projects and parts of my life. Nothing else does this. I've looked. This is the LB feature I cannot replace. - LB generates an ordered to do list, and the to do list changes dynamically based on what you've done recently. This is fantastic! Again, nothing else does this. I can sit down and do the top priority thing without having to keep competing priorities in my head. The trick is, don't think, just do what's next. If you're looking for the Zen-like state suggested in Getting Things Done, of writing things down so you can stop thinking about them, this is a great path. - The LB outline is more compact so I can see more at once, and don't get overwhelmed that it seems like an endless list scrolling to infinity. The OmniFocus UI is pretty but doesn't work as well in practice. - The OmniFocus count of things I'm overdue on, showing up as a red number on the icon itself even before I launch it, stresses me out. - LB focuses not just on the time to get things done, but the effort. This feels more realistic to me. Here's what I wish were better: - There are crashing bugs from time to time, especially during task entry. I can go weeks without hitting one, or a day with eight crashes. Prior versions of LB were more stable. (At least there's an autosave so you don't lose much, but: grn.) - If I put a due date on an item, I'd like it at the top of the priority list on that date, not just shuffled in with the rest. Yes, due items are promoted closer to the top, but I want a much stronger weighting. - Could use better setting of dependencies, though the "complete subtasks in order" handles this well enough for 95% of the cases I care about. But those last 5%… - Could use something like a pause feature, specifically for when I'm waiting on someone else to do something before I proceed. Being able to track that, perhaps with a time interval to "check on Alice to see if she did Foo," would be really handy. All in all, I like Life Balance very much, have used it for longer than I care to admit, and I hope Llama Graphics will release an update! Stability first...

Found helpful by 13 out of 13 people
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