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Effortless

Stay focused and beat procrastination on your Mac.

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aracena
Maker
Hi Everyone, I'm very easily distracted a habitual phone checker and struggle with my ability to focus. So my co-founder and I decided to make a simple app that shows me all the time in the menu bar the task I'm working on and a timer. I feel that by seeing the task all the time its harder for me to get sidetracked, and the timer creates an artificial constraint that allows me to stay focused. I hope you find it useful, I really would love to know your opinion
Toni Codina
@aracena Interesting minimal app! Now I just need a Mac...
Binoy Xavier Joy
@aracena Help page is missing here https://www.tryeffortless.com/help/
aracena
Maker
@binoyxj Thank you so much, I forgot to add it, but now its up and running
aracena
Maker
@tcodinat thank you Toni, what OS are you using?
Toni Codina
@aracena I use Windows :)
aracena
Maker
@tcodinat Hopefully if everything works out we will have it for windows :D
Ian Chadwick
@aracena I saw this on Twitter whilst procrastinating and all it's done is make me procrastinate more... =/
Daniel Putzer
Been struggling with procrastination more than usual lately, let’s see if this helps! Definitely looks promising.
aracena
Maker
@dantheputzer Daniel let me know what you think!!! thank you
Amrith Shanbhag
Second launch in two weeks 💪 This looks great @aracena, what are you planning on launching next?
Navid Mirzaie Milani
This is just great, small, simple and solving major problems. Congrats on the launch.
aracena
Maker
@navidmirzaie thank you Navid, please if you see anything that can be improved let me know!!! thanks again!!!
Enrique Benitez
Looks really nice and useful! Good job 👍 just one thing, I see a white strip on the right of my task list, UI bug? Also, I'd be really useful if you add integrations (Trello, Slack, etc...) and sell as pro feature (freemium model) 😄 Another thing, how did you build it? Electron? Swift? Thanks! 🙂
aracena
Maker
@bntzio Enrique Thank you for the feedback. It is a bug :/ 3 other users reported it we are working on fix in it. We built it on swift
aracena
Maker
@bntzio Hey Enrique We fixed the white strip on the right of my task list. Here is the update please let me know if this solved the problem: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/effortless/id1368722917
Sergio Ruiz
As one of your early testers, it's a pleasure see Effortless here in PH. I'm sure that it will help many people to be more focused. As I told you before: the great value that Effortless offer is the clean and minimal design and structure, please try to keep it in mind. Great job my friend!.
aracena
Maker
@sergioruizdavila Thank you Señor!!!! and Im sorry about so many previous bugs LOL
Sergio Ruiz
@aracena Hahaha, no problem, Effortless works pretty well in general.
Julian Cardenas Mazo
Simple and fucking awesome
aracena
Maker
@juliankmazo :D Thank you Julian!!!!!!!!!
Conrad Barrett
trying *this* + things // daily things list added into effortless every morning
aracena
Maker
@conradd Awesome, I would love to hear your feedback after you try it! thank you !!!
Devon Wilson
Very clean and effective. Great job :)
aracena
Maker
@devon_wilson thank you so much if you see anything that can be improved please let us know, we would love to hear your feedback
Jijo Sunny
This is awesome! I'm manually doing this now with Things 3 + Brain.fm (for timer). Suggestion – how about displaying the total time for the tasks added (& time left)?
aracena
Maker
@jijosunny Thank You Jiro, I would love to understand this, so like email 20 - 19:59 something like that?
Jijo Sunny
@aracena Nope, I think you're doing that perfectly with the timer. I meant the total time to complete all tasks (overall timer). If I add 4 tasks of 15 mins each, and complete 1 task, it should say 45 minutes left. Just to give a sense of time. BTW loved the 'add 5 minutes' feature 😻
aracena
Maker
@jijosunny Got it!!! Love that idea. I'm glad you liked the add 5 minutes, we try so many version of this, and we finally ended up with this version, It's awesome that you notice it and like it :D
Chandika Jayasundara
This! I've been going through countless pomodoro timers etc. looking for something that does just this. Thank you for reading my mind! :)
aracena
Maker
@chandika Awesome!!! what do you think can be improved?
Chandika Jayasundara
@aracena It will be good to increment the original time set for a task when you 'add 5 minutes'. that way you know how much time was spent in the end. other than that, i think it's best to keep it as it is. it's the simplicity that gets the job done here.
Huyanh Hoang
Pros: Easy to use Simple UI Cons: UI still buggy, I can't add write extra numbers i.e. (get 10 leads 180) Random white bar in the right-middle side (I presume it's the scroll bar, but it looks off) Problems appearing on the top bar, might be because I already have so many items up there Conclusion: Great app, just fix the bugs Using macOS 10.12.6
aracena
Maker
@whoyawn Huyanh thank you so much for reporting those, many people have written us about those bugs we are working on them right now. sorry about it
aracena
Maker
@whoyawn We just release a new update and we solve this problem. let me know if its all good now. Here is the link to get the update: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/effortless/id1368722917
Michael Goldstrom
This is simple and superb. Truly effortless.
aracena
Maker
@goldstrom thank you MIchael !!! please if you see anything we can improve let us know!!!
Giacomo 🐍 Lacava
As a serial procrastinator, this looks pretty good! Any plans for a Windows version?
aracena
Maker
@toyg Giamoco hopefully soon we will have version for windows!!
Ricardo Arroyo
Awesome app, great work! The only thing that bothers me is that when counting down everything moves a couple of pixels because of the width of the numbers.
aracena
Maker
@ricardo84 Ricardo thank you this is a bug, we are going to try to fix it soon. thank you again for the feedback please let us know if you see anything else
Leo Bian
Very good app! But it can not display the full interface (Command+E) in the fullscreen app.
aracena
Maker
@bianwenbo Hey Leo this is a bug, Sorry about that, we are fixing it hopefully next week we will have it done. Check next week for updates
Ethan
I really want to try this out! Is there any way to directly download the .app file? Also, a suggested feature: A time log of all the sessions, saying how long was spent on each thing and when. It can be a minimalist one ;)
aracena
Maker
@booligoosh_booligoosh Thank you for the feedback we are working on it
Tim Shnaider
This is a fantastic example of simple effective. I'm sure everyone is asking for logging, and integration with other time recording tools - they would be nice feaures, but as a tool to focus on time spent and a checklist, close to perfect!
Tim Shnaider
Someone recently launched an app here that simply showed time left in your day/month/life in task bar. And were charging for it. And people were paying for it. This app is actually useful and is free. You can charge right now for real value.
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