Stay focused and beat procrastination on your Mac.

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 2.0.25

・The time associated with tasks in the task list is now updated as time elapses or when 5 minutes are added
・Fixed bug where "Time's Up" notifications were not being shown in macOS Catalina
・Fixed bug where pause/unpause text would get out of sync
・General performance and user interface improvements

Ratings and Reviews

4.8 out of 5
30 Ratings

30 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.

rickghome ,

Good with annoyances

I had very high hopes for this little utility. Great concept, but at least one flaw that makes it annoying. As a menu-bar task tracker, it's simple an obvious. Works as designed. The time-tracking feature is very useful too.

The annoying part is that the time-tracking feature gets out of sync every time. Add a new task, and you have to "unpause" repeatedly to get it to stop. Then you can restart the timer.

I hope this developer can make a few improvements to make this a 5-start utility.

Developer Response ,

Hi Rick, sorry about this bug you encountered and thanks a lot for bringing it to my attention. I've been able to reproduce it and will have a fix out shortly.

App Privacy

The developer, Julian Pulgarin, has not provided details about its privacy practices and handling of data to Apple. For more information, see the developer’s privacy policy.

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