Be Focused Pro - Focus Timer & Goal Tracker

By Denys Yevenko

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Staying on task seems is a real challenge for our screen-bound generation. The Be Focused lets you get things done by breaking up individual tasks among discrete intervals, separated by short breaks. It’s a surprisingly effective way to retain motivation and focus. Create tasks, configure breaks and track your progress throughout the day, week or custom period. Use either your iPhone, iPad or Mac – your devices always stay in sync.

Key features:
- Manage your tasks
- Track your progress throughout the day, week or custom period
- Fast and easy goal tracking
- Customize to maximize productivity:
• Work interval duration
• Short break duration
• Long break duration
• Number of intervals between long breaks
• Target number of intervals per day
- Ability to start, pause, or skip work interval
- Auto-start the next timer (option)
- Ability to edit the number of intervals
- Export to a CSV file
- Ability to paste a task list from other applications
- Global hotkeys
- Optional ticking sound
- Different alarm sounds
- Launch at startup option
- Syncs between iPad, iPhone and Mac*
- Also available for iPhone and iPad

* Sync with iOS devices requires Be Focused Pro for iOS, sold separately.


What's new in Version 1.6.2

• Fixed "Unable to start timer" issue
• Updated the app icon design
• Multiple fixes and improvements



OS X Screenshot
OS X Screenshot
OS X Screenshot
OS X Screenshot

Customer Reviews

Sync lags

I purchased both the iOS and Mac separately given that the pro promises a sync in all devices. Now that I have them in Apple Watch, iPhone and Mac, I expect them to sync so that I can be reminded of my break or when to resume my work on either or all devices. In practice, this doesn't work smoothly. If I start the timer on Mac, it doesn't sync to my watch or iPhone until I individually open the app and let them sync; rendering the pro version almost useless. The sync is also not always smooth (watch to phone, phone to mac); there are some lags and delay (it seems it goes to their cloud instead of trying to leverage Bluetooth or device to device connections). The pro is not worth buying --the developers need to learn from Hours on how to make the sync smoother. In addition, the break timer on iOS doesn't bark when the time is off; making my breaks longer than 5 minutes or sometimes I forgot to get back to work altogether. Other than that, the app is pretty easy to use and visually appealing in all devices.

Decent but lacks a few niceties on the desktop.

I use Be Focused Pro daily, both on my iPhone and Mac. I find the Mac version more convenient, since most of my work is at the computer, but I'm glad for the phone version syncing with it when I'm on the run or planning. As a timer with reporting, Be Focused is great. Type in what you're working on, press the "Play" icon to start, and get to it. It even has modest time-tracking capabilities, a report of intervals worked and CSV export if you want to geek out your analysis.

It's one of this well-scoped apps that doesn't try to do too much and would suffer bloat if it added every user suggestion. Nevertheless, I find myself wishing for a few tweaks to make it more useful in my workflow.

1. Better keyboard control in the ToDo view. ToDo view offers a great place to sketch out a day. It would be nicer if I could collect ideas quickly from the keyboard without having to bother my mouse. A shortcut key to add a new task would be enough. Being able to arrow up and down between tasks and, perhaps, Enter to edit, Shift-Enter to start working, would be bonus. Ability to cut and past, even more so.

2. A persistent dialog (similar to Focus List). Be Focused Pro tucks away nicely in the menu bar--sometimes a little too nicely. There are times I want to look at a list of tasks while I'm in another app, but Be Focused Pro hides itself any time you click out of its dialog box.

I've suggested these features to their support.

Simple, but useful, and effective. Great integration

This is a very streamlined, easy to use task timer. You can set the duration you work, duration of your break between tasks, and how many work intervals you want for a “long break”. I am sucked into the Apple ecosphere, and thus can validate that this does indeed work on all OS X and iOS platforms, including the Apple watch. My only criticisms, which I hope the developer considers to really make this killer: 1) Use iCloud for better synchonization. It currently requires you to set up yet another id and password. This is unnecessary with iCloud sync. And 2) you can create multiple tasks, but they are all stuck with the same time duration for “work interval”. This is annoying. I want the flexibility to control the interval length for each task! Some tasks are more mentally gruelling and thus I want a slightly shorter timer. Other that, however, it’s really good.


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This app is designed for OS X
  • Mac App Store Price: $4.99
  • Category: Productivity (Mac)
  • Updated: Dec 09, 2016
  • Version: 1.6.2
  • Size: 11.4 MB
  • Language: English, Russian
  • Seller: Denys Yevenko
Rated 4+

Requirements: OS X 10.9 or later, 64-bit processor

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