▷ 4.5/5 Stars, Macworld May 2015
Recapture the Lost Art of Joyful Concentration. Overcome Procrastination. Get Motivated.
Vitamin-R creates optimal conditions for your brain by structuring your work into short bursts of distraction-free, highly-focused activity alternating with opportunities for renewal, reflection and intuition.
The built-in task logging and analysis features create positive momentum towards productivity by providing you with visible feedback on your progress and achievements.
▷ Slices Up Daunting Tasks into Manageable Chunks
Vitamin-R breaks down large, vaguely defined tasks into a series of short "time slices" of between 10 and 30 minutes, each with a specific, easily reachable and actionable objective.
▷ Keeps You Focused
Vitamin-R features an array of highly configurable visual, audio and speech notifications that prod you back to your task as soon as your attention starts to wander.
▷ Gets You Started, Keeps You Motivated
Vitamin-R allows you to break through the resistance of procrastination and create a positive feedback loop of small achievements that get you closer to your ultimate aims.
▷ Effective Task Switching
Task switching is a big, but often unavoidable productivity killer. Vitamin-R makes it as efficient as possible and the built-in "breadcrumbing" technique helps you pick up where you left off.
▷ Productive Breaks
Regular breaks are not for slackers. In fact, they are especially important for people who work with high focus. Vitamin-R's timed breaks make sure that your renewal break does not turn into a free afternoon and the "priming" technique allows your intuition to work overtime before you even start on an objective.
▷ Find Your Rhythm
Each one of us is different. Find out what works best for you and unlock the key to true productivity. Vitamin-R provides the tools to gain improved awareness of your preferred work methods and rhythms. Armed with this new knowledge, you can eliminate unproductive work patterns.
▷ Get It Out of Your Head Quickly
Did you know that your short term memory can only hold 4-6 "chunks" of information? The slightest interruption and it's all gone and you have to start from scratch. That's why Vitamin-R provides you with the "Now & Later Board", complete with FastType magic, to give you a place to quickly dump all those things that go through your head and allow you to quickly return to your task.
▷ Make It Your Own
Vitamin-R plugs into your life rather than trying to take it over. You can use it occasionally to overcome procrastination or mental blocks or re-organize your entire working life around the concepts that it embodies.
▷ Works with OmniFocus, Things & The Hit List
Vitamin-R integrates with traditional to-do list managers rather than trying to replace them.
▷ Block Out Noise
The built-in noise machine can block out irritating coworkers and create energizing soundscapes.
▷ Syncs with all your Mac OS X and iOS Devices
Vitamin-R for Mac seamlessly syncs with the iPhone version and multiple Macs via its simple Dropbox integration, so you can log your time slices wherever you are.
▷ Ideal for Pomodoro Technique Aficionados
Vitamin-R provides everything you need to implement the Pomodoro Technique: sophisticated timer, log book and analysis component.
▷ Attention Deficit Disorder
While Vitamin-R was never specifically designed with ADHD "sufferers" in mind, many ADHD-ers have found its approach to focusing attention invaluable.
- enables standard window controls for popup window
- fixes integration with OmniFocus 3
- fixes a screen fading bug
- fixes a potential crash if the "Gill Sans" standard font is removed
Ratings and Reviews
Fast Developer Response, Solid Program
Requested feature: A table that shows the number of hours worked/focused per week. This way you can aim to beat your focus hours the prior week.
Developer Response ,
Please update your app, the latest release fixes the crash.
This crash was due to a behavior change in the recent macOS 10.14.4.
Should you experience any problems with Vitamin-R, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org immediately so that we can fix them.
Your mind is skittish and squeamish. This app is a supportive friend asking you the tough questions (what do you want? how will you get there?) and cheering you on (almost there! time for a break!). This friend understands how your mind works, so in a way it's an empirically-grounded coach.
I come from trying a family of productivity-related techniques. There's the ABCD (urgent/important) decision-making matrix. There's Pomodoro (AND THE BEAUTIFUL HORO APP!!!!—check it out). There's Cal Newport's inhuman—but nonetheless impressive—calendar management techniques. There's my anxiety and existential dread (10/10 wouldn't recommend). There's my tender and slowly growing motivation, a change stemming from Shawn Achor's Happiness Advantage (10/10 check him out). And now there's this app.
This app synnergizes with the happiness practices I've done. The app sets up a scaffold that makes taking the first steps towards a goal much less daunting. It also enchants your brain so that it becomes productive. It doesn't address the emotional part of productivity because it can't; emotions are a matter of building mental habits. Vitamin-R, on the other hand is a sled ready to be jumped on every single time you've got something you want to accomplish. It may have secret habits that it builds, but I've only just started this relationship with Vitamin-R. I'll come back once the honeymoon phase is over.
My hunch is I'll be appreciative of this app for a long time because it is inline with most lines of research I've read about regarding motivation, creative work, working memory, L/R (or diffuse/focused) modes of thinking, goal-setting, tyranical/annal and thus ultimately counterproductive time-management methods. The only line of thinking ithis app doesn't touch is Shawn Achor's 'happiness first, achievement will follow'. I think this isn't a problem since it wasn't designed for that. It tackles the issue of solving a problem here and now, not of changing your long-term fulfilment directly.
This app gets it in so many ways I'd like to shake Frank Reiff's hand and let him know I appreciate his existence.
With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.