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"A simple, but valuable utility for creating timed focus sessions of productivity." - MacStories
"Focused Work helps you stay on track better than ever" - iMore
"Focused Work makes it easy to create and manage Focused Sessions." - 9to5Mac
"A tool that helps overcome that first step." - Knapsack
Focused Work is a powerful timer that helps you focus and be productive.
It's purpose-built for people who want to focus for long periods and struggle with this.
Add structure to your day with "Focus Sessions" that encourage you to complete goals, tasks, and help you divide your time into Focus, Break, and Prepare stages.
Pick from a selection of templates, including a simple timer, Pomodoro - inspired by the Pomodoro Technique, Flowmodoro - inspired by the Flowtime Technique, and other various sessions.
You can also create repeatable sessions specifically tailored to your needs. Add stages, set time limits, and much more.
Ultimately, Focused Work helps you be more accountable by reminding you to focus, reflect, and build healthy productivity habits by completing various daily goals.
· A simple, powerful timer that keeps you on-task
Choose what to focus on. Start the timer. Get stuff done!
· Curated Basic Sessions to get started
Run a Pomodoro session, Flowmodoro session, or even just a simple timer
· Create Focus Sessions
Tailor them to your needs with a plethora of configurable options
Be reminded to stay focused, when to take breaks, and also to start a focus session!
Track what went well for you during your focus session and what you can improve upon
· Scratch Pad
Jot down thoughts that come to mind during your session and return to them after
· Daily Goals
Completing your daily focus goals earns you a streak and helps you form healthy productivity habits
· Statistics & Charts
Review recent productivity across the past week, month, and year
· Block Distractions
Select apps and websites you want to restrict access to during a session
· In-app Shortcuts Automation
Automatically perform actions as you progress through your session, such as turning on Focus
· Link with Toggl Track
Explore advanced time tracking by linking with Toggl to create time entries, assign projects and tags
· Productivity Export
Export completed sessions in CSV format
Focused Work is available on iPhone, iPad, and Mac, with extensive support for each platform;
· Interactive Widgets
Control your session, view daily goals, and start a session from the Desktop
· Spotlight Search
Quick start and interact with sessions from search
· App Shortcuts & Siri
Start and interact with a session via various shortcuts that can also be linked together
· Session Alerts on all devices
Start a session on one device and receive update alerts on others with Focused Work installed
· iCloud Syncing
Sync productivity stats & created sessions between devices
· Privacy Focused
Your data is securely stored and managed via iCloud. No account registration.
· And much more!
Start a session from the Share Sheet, style the Timer, Widgets, App Icon, Keyboard Shortcuts, VoiceOver, Low Power Mode, Drag & Drop, Dark Mode themes, Quick Actions, Sidebar Navigation, URL Schemes, Menu Bar Timer
If you have any questions, please reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org
Welcome to Focused Work 5
- Designed for macOS Sonoma
A brand new redesigned app that helps you be super productive each day.
- Over 100 Improvements
A touch of love in almost every single corner of Focused Work.
- Flexible Sessions
Start the timer and take breaks when you need, and freely adjust time limits.
Start the timer and focus for as long as possible. Breaks are determined by how long you focus.
- Basic Sessions
Five new default focus sessions. Pomodoro, Flowmodoro, Standard Timer, Flexible Timer, and Structured.
- New Timer Widget
Keep an eye on the most important details, with actions to progress through your session.
- And so much more...
Check out the complete list in Settings → What's New.
This update also fixes a few issues;
• All Sessions: Fixed an issue where starting a created session wouldn't correctly set the session or stage goals
Ratings and Reviews
I love this app!
I love this, I use it every day.
There is just one thing. When I am focused and doing the focused things - these infernal reminders to focus that require me to stop focusing to shut them off are no bueno. And there is no easy way to stop them. I turned them off on one of my devices, but struggling to figure out where to do it on the mac desktop. Please make that an optional thing - that someone has to select to use instead of being automatically set up. It's awful. I have ADD and superfocus when I can FINALLY get myself into the zone.. and it actually disrupts my ability to stay in that state.
Developer Response ,
Thank you for the kind review, really appreciated!
It's possible to turn off particular alerts on the Mac app via the Preferences screen. Once the Focused Work app is opened, in the top left corner of your screen click the "Focused Work" menu button, then "Preferences". A new screen will appear where you can turn off the Distraction Awareness alerts. If you have any other questions please feel free to reach out at email@example.com. Cheers!
I hate when apps put annoying review reminders in my face, especially when I’m trying to focus
So I’ll give an honest review. This app is weird. Why do the default settings include a constant ticking sound, in-session popup notifications, and automatic transition between segments only logical for a robot? Is this intended to help a person focus? Customizing the sessions is nearly impossible, and even when you succeed, the app attempts to be persistent about sticking to the original template. I’m often finding that sessions get paused and never restarted, or new segments never start, and I don’t remember doing this myself. Excessive pause during a session, or excessively long break between segments? Those would be good times to alert a user that something is amiss. The concept is simple on its face, I’m not sure why I have yet to find a well made app that matches the ease of a timer with a few thoughtful features. Hoping this one improves on some good foundations, namely the design and the big bold view of the timer on the lock screen. Update: it appears a 10 minute pause notification has been put into the iOS version at least, which I learned because I guess I’ve spent 10 minutes writing this review. Would add 1/2 a star for that. Minus half a star for going back in the app only to find it’s still asking me to review.
Developer Response ,
Hi, thanks for the review! This kind of feedback is super helpful, appreciate you taking the time to write it out - lots of points noted. 🙏
I've a few questions I'd love to pick your brain on, in particular about the initial configuration, alerts, and templates - if you're open to it? Always trying to optimise for the right balance with those. If so, shoot me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org and I'll hit you up - cheers!
Tremendous App With some Caveats
The app is gorgeous, I love the design. & the core functionality is only matched by two other apps that I know of. Creating custom sessions with URL schemes is super neat. The popover timer, too. There’s just a lot to live about this app. However, there are two things that cause it to lose a star.
1. I don’t understand the logic of being able to start a timer on one device but NOT having the option to mirror the timer on another device. I spent way too much time trying to start a timer on my phone & have it mirrored on my Mac, only to find out that the iCloud sync is limited to sessions & notifications. I think the option should be there.
2. The app uses shortcuts for blocking rather than Apple’s built-in screen time API. If I remember correctly, shortcuts was the way to go before developers could access the screen time API, it’s been out for ages now and is far easier to use from a UX perspective. But I’m not a developer, so I can’t speak to how challenging it would be to implement, I’m just sharing something that bothers me, personally.
I’d love to move away from a different app that I’m using, which is equally gorgeous, morris timers, and has a bonus watch app — but lacks the ability to set custom sessions. However, until the timer mirroring issue option is added, I just can’t do it. But, I don’t think that should deter anyone away from using this app, it’s really great & the developer has done a great job. He’s super innovative.
Developer Response ,
Thank you for the super kind review, and helpful feedback! 🙏
r.e. #1, Focused Work was originally designed to work exclusively on-device rather than relying on an active internet connection, thus making it extremely cumbersome to link sessions between devices (which I've experimented with in the past). I'd love to add it some day though, and will add your vote for that feature!
For #2, touche! It will be something I'll look into in the near future.
If you're interested, I'd love for you to share some context why syncing timers is an important feature for you? Shoot me an email at email@example.com
Cheers, and thanks again! 😀
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- 75.8 MB
- Requires iOS 16.0 or later.
- Requires iPadOS 16.0 or later.
- Requires macOS 13.0 or later.
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- Focused Work Pro Lifetime $69.99
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