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 view the amount of skipped intervals
- Ability to paste a task list from other applications
- Pie Chart reports for better estimation how much time was spent on a certain task
- Global hotkeys
- Optional ticking sound
- Ability to change the frequency of the Chronometer sound
- Wide range of alarm sounds
- Ability to adjust the volume of the Chronometer sound
- Ability to adjust the volume of notifications
- 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
Minor fixes and improvements
Ratings and Reviews
Best concentration app
This app has given me a way to remain motivated through A level revision which is tedious at the best of times. It includes all of the functions you would ever need for a timer and builds in time to relax.
I struggle with having enough self-discipline to get work done but this allows for more accountability. At the moment, I am on a five minute break which is something it sets automatically after every 25 minutes. It means that you can work well but means that breaks don’t turn into full days of not working as there is a timer waiting for you.
They have literally thought of everything. It has a green timer when you are on a break, a red timer when working. You can label the timer according to the task to help you keep track. It tells you how many sessions you have done that day.
Pure gold. Seriously, everyone should get this timer. Go. Download it now.
Great tool for procrastinators and ADD
If like me you struggle to keep you attention focused on a task through to completion or find yourself easily distracted, then this app is a must have.
It’s definitely improved my work productivity since I began using it. A lot of apps for this purpose are overly-complicated, but the approach Be Focused has used is simplicity and yet clever with the red and green count down timer on the task bar. I like the 25/5 approach (25 minute work intervals with regular 5 minute breaks after each work interval). For me this works very well. 5 minute is just enough time to get away from desk to stretch your legs, or have a quick chat/check the news and coffee break etc, but Be Focused reminds you its time to start another 25 minute work interval after your 5 minute break count down is ended so there’s no danger your break becomes 1 hour!
I also like how the app counts the work intervals for a task to reach completion so you can keep track of how your work productivity time is being used or how long each work task takes.
I’m sure the paid version has a lot more fancy features (I haven’t checked it out) but the free version is well work trying if you struggle to get things done or are easily distracted.
Good pomodoro timer
I like this timer very much because it inlcudes a to-do list and allows to define the duration of work intervals and breaks. It is convenient to use and also provides some summary statistics about the number of work intervals. To improve this good timer further I have one suggestion, though: It would be great if it was possible to save the break time if a break is skipped. This would allow to take a longer break or an additional at a later point in time when a break has initially been skipped. The reason why I would this is that breaks sometimes come at a time when I would like to continue to work. Instead of skipping the break entirely, however, I would just like to postpone it somewhat.
Up to six family members will be able to use this app with Family Sharing enabled.