Ian's Awesome Counter 4+

Focus Prompts

Cross Forward Consulting, LLC

    • 4.9 • 47 Ratings
    • Free
  • Only on Apple Watch

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Ian's Awesome Counter is a utility designed to help you be more focused and aware of yourself.

My son, Ian, can sometimes have difficulty with regulation and management of his attention. We’ve tried several different strategies for helping him with this. One of the strategies that we found most successful was giving him regular prompts throughout the day and ask whether he thought he was on task and staying focused.

Initially this took the form of a repeating countdown timer and a hand clicker, but after a while this became rather onerous to keep up with, so instead he and I worked together to design an Apple Watch app that would make this easier to do.

The result is this app. You configure how often you want to be prompted, when the prompts should begin and end each day, and what your goal for successful periods is. Then Ian’s Awesome Counter does the rest.

If you turn on notifications you’ll get an alert at the end of every period asking how you did and the values are recorded in the app. You can see your last week’s performance in the History view.

This app is provided completely free of charge. I’ve found it really helpful for my family and my hope is that by sharing it, other families will find similar help from it. It can be worn either by the person working on their focus or by a parent/carer who can then relay the prompts.

What’s New

Version 1.0.1

- Quick bug fix update to address an issue where notifications would sometimes not correctly be delivered for 5 minute prompt reminders.

Ratings and Reviews

4.9 out of 5
47 Ratings

47 Ratings

Remmy909 ,

Simple and effective, helping me get back on track

I have ADHD and am in grad school and let's just say I can count on one hand the number of days I've felt I put in a good effort and did not waste the whole day anxious and avoiding my work within the past *year*.

It's easy to feel like you failed that day if you look in terms of large still-unfinished goals but for me just seeing all those good time blocks add up is very motivating and is helping me feel less overwhelmed by my course work.

I appreciate the fact that it's only on Apple Watch and the perfect simplicity of the app, because it reminds you that what really matters is accomplishing your goals and not just having some more data that you can obsess over.

I also LOVE the story behind this app and just want to say thank you SO much to Ian and David for making this available to anyone. I just got a notification from the app and probably should get back to work! This was very long, but get this app!!

FM_M ,

Absolutely perfect.

It’s a reminder that brings you “up to the surface” just long enough to make sure you’re still on course. After that it gets out of your way - no logging, nothing that wrecks your flow state. Just “hey hi - are you doing what you want to be doing?” and then it goes away.

You don’t even have to go through the pan of setting up your day and saying “ this is what I shall work on today!” …. because we just don’t work like that.

The ONLY ask I’d have is to lengthen or shorten the 45 minute interval. Some days in on a successful zone and I’d like to bump it longer; some days I’m struggling and I’d need to tighten it up to shorter intervals.

Overall - absolute godsend. Thank you Ian for bugging your dad to make this 😉, and thank you, Ian’s dad, for deciding to make this and release it.

EMKorn ,

Perfect for ADD

Having ADD has been a challenge when trying to complete a task or staying focused. This app helps me become more focused and consciously aware of staying on task. The first few times just brought focus to the fact I should have been focused. However, it eventually starts drawing you in because you have be accountable to the alerts.

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The developer, Cross Forward Consulting, LLC, indicated that the app’s privacy practices may include handling of data as described below. For more information, see the developer’s privacy policy.

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The developer does not collect any data from this app.

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