Set a task. Set a countdown timer for it. Repeat

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Hi all, Marie here, one of the Founders of Sloth! Thanks so much for the hunt! We weren't expecting this so early, just launched 2 days ago, but are honored just the same! To give some background, Sloth was born out of a personal problem of mine. Some of the best work I do is under pressure, which naturally led me to doing things at the last minute, which isn't a good thing. Sloth uses the concept of 'timeboxing', which is to allocate a set amount of time to each task therefore creating a deadline (pressure!) which can increase the productivity of the user. In Sloth, when you start a task it starts a countdown timer. The goal is to try and focus 100% of the time while the timer is on and to essentially beat the clock. It works best when the timers are short so a great way to use it is to set multiple timers for a large task by breaking it into smaller chunks. This technique is used a lot in software development, but it can really be applied to any field. Thanks again for the hunt!
@ngthatsme1 fighting distractions one second at a time -- cool concept.
@samir_doshi thanks Samir. That could be a very cool tagline :)
@ngthatsme1 Thanks haha... lord knows I need something like this on my desk at all times...
@ngthatsme1 Also, noticed on your site that you collab with other startups --- would you be interesting in talking? My co founder and I run a year old app dev company and would love to connect
This is a very helpful tool.. I look forward to using it. I have one feature suggestion if your interests and circumstances permit please regard your attention to the following idea: Consider adding a feature that allows users to set a punishment for not completing the scheduled task.. There can be a list of auto-generated punishments list to select from.. For example: 10 pushups. Also there should be the ability to add custom punishments so people can fit the right punishment for their scheduling crimes.. This may differentiate you from competitors.. but I will have to do more research.. Just a thought and no disrespect intended at your existing product as I see the tremendous value it provides.. Thank you for your consideration here. Jaswinder Brar
@jay_bee12345 Hey JB! thanks for the suggestion, we are more than open to ideas so feel free to comment away! Already working on v2, things like pre-set lists, silent alarms (color flash), and showing the complete duration and end time for the list. Re: punishments, I wonder if we should flip this to the positive and make it a reward instead. Although, punishments might be more fun 😈😈😈
@ngthatsme1 Both punishments and rewards may be beneficial.. As the punishments are designed to help you anyways.. 10 pushups will increase your day's workout.. Another example of a punishment is no video gaming all day.. Resulting in a more productive (less enjoyable) day.. The rewards idea is brilliant this will give extra incentive to complete the task.. Finish cleaning up your e-mail folder and reward yourself with an allotted time to browse your fav. recreational websites.. etc.. Thanks again!
Man, I've been through so many lists/task management apps that I have lost count. I am hoping that this is the one just because of how simple it is. Any integrations plans with Trello/Github/Gmail and the like?
@jmugizi Trello is on the roadmap!
I'm yet to find a To-do list/task manager that I stick with! I've tried Wunderlist and others. Currently just using Paper 3.0 for notes. But for some reason I just can't get them to stick! On to try this one :)
@bentossell Hey Ben, let us know how it goes for you! We also built in some messages of encouragement when you mark a task as 'Done', some of which are funnier than others.
@bentossell yes, I too feel the same with to-do lists and task managers. I found pomotodo effective though. There is something missing in the concept of to-do lists. May be it works for sprints but not that effective for regular tasks.
I don't understand why 15 mins, why they don't use regular 25 mins like pomodoro technique with short and long breaks?
@kirillkudin hey Kirill! thanks for the question. Our goal was to give our users flexibility. Everyone's different, but I find it helpful starting with a 5 or 10 min task to get me going and then working up from there. But you could just as easily set it to do 25 min with a 5 min break if that works.