Effortless is a Mac menu bar app that helps you stay focused on one thing at a time. It allows you to create a simple plaintext to-do list and shows the task you're currently working on your menu bar. Effortless also keeps track of how long you plan to work on each task and features a countdown timer to help you manage your time.

What’s New

Version 2.0.24

・Tasks without a timer are now supported by adding a task with "0" seconds
・When your task runs out of time it automatically stops showing the "0:00" after the task name
・Quick Add now accepts tasks without a time set
・Quick Add now automatically starts the task timer even when Effortless is paused

Ratings and Reviews

4.9 out of 5
22 Ratings

22 Ratings

Justin-Town ,

Lives up to the name

I’ve used every ToDo, GTD, Pomo____, Kanban, ranging from very simple to extremely convoluted. When I opened the app, my instinct was to monkey around in the preferences and make connections to my calendar and email. Needless to say, all of that effort was not required.

Yet Effortless does every single thing you need it to do, so you can be effective. And nothing else. And for the first time, my time estimates are more meaningful and quantifiable.

Thank you thank you thank you so much to the developer(s)? I assume that’s Julian Pulgarin. Bravo.

Ha hrmmf ,

Great little productivity tool

Great app for managing productivity and working through my Trello todo list. Really helps me understand how long some of my regular tasks take to finish.

Would be great to see the ability to customize the keyboard shortcuts for pause/done/add time and have it not automatically begin the timer when I’m just setting up my list.

Nellea ,

Utterly minimalist. Brilliant!!

A couple of stickies--"Goals" and "Routines"--plus "Effortless." Then things happen. No drama, tinkering, options, colors, fonts, decisions, nor testing. Work just gets done. It's pleasurable, satisfying, completely effective, and of course, effortless. I've gone from gasping and breathless to simply breathing. I love this app. Please make it work forever.


Julian Pulgarin
8.4 MB

OS X 10.11 or later, 64-bit processor



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  • Family Sharing

    With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.