App of the Week: 30/30 – Simple Task Management
Here at Rocket Matter, we have seen the upside and downside to multitasking. While we have the ability to switch between tasks, we do not have the ability to attend to all of them effectively. Kick your multitasking habit to the curb with 30/30, the simple task management app from Binary Hammer. We’ve featured the app before, but it’s been getting such rave reviews that we decided to promote it all over again!
The 30/30 app is grounded on the principle that you should focus on a single task at a time with no distractions. Work for 30 minutes, and then do something unrelated for 30 minutes. The time constraint forces your mind to focus, and then you are rewarded with a break.
It’s understandable that a 30/30 work/break balance is a little unrealistic, so the app allows you to list tasks and give each task their own time- from 1 minute to an hour. You can create as many tasks as you need, and can also include your breaks. The app claims that you can create enough tasks to last for over 10 days straight without repeating (whoa!).
The app is essentially a digital Pomodoro Timer, but you are given a colorful in-your-face breakdown of what you’re supposed to be doing, how much time you have left to do it, and what’s coming up next.
The app is simple and colorful, with a gesture-based interface completely free of buttons. You can pause your tasks if you need to and also increase or decrease task durations on the fly.
The 30/30 app is free, and is available in the Apple App Store for virtually all iOS devices (including iPad, iPhone, and iPod Touch). The app walks you through everything you need to know in order to use the app effectively. I actually used it for the first time while writing this post, and I must admit it is pretty effective. I finished with 30 seconds to spare. Now it’s time for a break!
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