Time 2

Stay focused and crush procrastination

#4 Product of the DayDecember 07, 2017

We all know and hate the guilty feeling we get when we procrastinate. With Time 2, that feeling is a thing of the past. To use the app, you add a task like "Tweak Sketch mockups, 30 minutes.” & a brightly colored timer counts down as you work. This timer helps you feel a slight twinge of pressure so you get your work done.

Reviews

 
  • Brent HeeringaFounder @ Valt, CS Prof @ Williams
    Pros: 

    Clean Design

    Pomodoro Style Scheduling Works

    Cons: 

    I wish the history was cleaner.

    I wish there were a few more options for organizing completed items or moving items around. For example, I accidentally left an item running on Thursday last week and incorrectly cancelled it today when I meant for it to be complete. I can't now record it as complete for Dec 7.

    Brent Heeringa has used this product for one day.

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Shaan SinghMaker@shaandsingh · Blue Cocoa, Harvard.
Hi Product Hunt community! My name is Shaan Singh. As we all know, being productive is extremely hard, especially when you have to set your own schedule. As a student, I understand this firsthand, but the same applies to developers, designers, and especially freelancers. The problem is simple: when working on something, like "Tweak Sketch file," it's too easy to get distracted in the middle of the task. How can we overcome the psychology of procrastination and stay focused? Time 2 is the solution. You can plan out your entire day, or even week, in terms of blocks of time. So, you might have "Tweak Sketch file, 30 minutes." When you start this task, a timer begins counting down and a brightly colored wave moves down with it. If you put Time down on your desk with the timer counting down and try to get some work done, you'll notice yourself staying focused. Remarkably, that simple little timer and wave interface applies a subtle pressure that helps us avoid distractions. Erik and I put a lot of work into making Time 2 a reality. Since we're both students (Erik is 16, I'm 18), it took a tremendous amount of schedule weaving to make this app. Our original app, Time 1, came out in January 2017. It was the #1 product of the week on Product Hunt when it came out, and it topped App Store rankings all over the world. This was a fantastic experience for us, and we were so happy people loved Time. With Time 2, we've added so much more – multiday planning, repeating tasks, reminders, omnipresent progress bar, the list goes on. We're so excited to share this with you, and we hope it helps you become more productive :) Shaan
Abadesi@abadesi · Community at Product Hunt
@shaandsingh Great to have you back on Product Hunt! I never used timers as a student but in hindsight wish I did. I use them almost daily now to stay focused on a task. What feature are you most excited about with Time 2.0?
Shaan SinghMaker@shaandsingh · Blue Cocoa, Harvard.
@abadesi Hi! One of the cooler features in Time 2 that I haven't talked a lot about is the omnipresent progress bar. In the screenshots above, this is the big purple bar under the title. A lot of times, we procrastinate on actually starting our work. Let's say it's the evening, and you're feeling a bit lazy. You have a couple tasks left. The progress bar tracks how many tasks you've completed out of how many you have in Time for that day. As humans, we naturally like to complete things. So, an unfinished progress bar for the day is sometimes just the push we need to finish our work.
Abadesi@abadesi · Community at Product Hunt
@shaandsingh Such a cool feature, thanks for letting me know 😄
Siobhan O'Rorke@siororke · Marketing @ Zenkit
This looks really cool! Will you have an Android version?
Shaan SinghMaker@shaandsingh · Blue Cocoa, Harvard.
@siororke We have gotten a lot of requests for this! Eventually we might, but right now it is not on the roadmap.
Andrew Curnow@arjcdaily · Founder, Social App
Ali Naderzad@ali_naderzad · Project Manager, OnLearningPoint
Just downloaded it on my iPhone. Gonna take it for a spin !
Shaan SinghMaker@shaandsingh · Blue Cocoa, Harvard.
@ali_naderzad Thanks :)
Xanthe Kueppers@xanthekueppers · Co-founder, Pilcro
This is a great idea. I think it could really help focus and productivity.
Lakó Dominik@lakodominik · Holme.hu
Hi. When Time 1 came out I purchased it, and I loved it, but I stopped using it. Is it free to update if I purchased the previous version?
Shaan SinghMaker@shaandsingh · Blue Cocoa, Harvard.
@lakodominik We decided to make Time 2 a separate app, which means it's another 99 cents to buy it. However, the reason for this is that Time 2 has so many upgrades that it's honestly worth it in our eyes. It's not just about making a quick buck for us. Time 2 has multiday support, so you can plan out tasks for different days. It has reminders and repeating tasks. It is super stable and won't suddenly crash on you. We think you'll love it :)
Charlie Coppinger@thecoppinger · Managing Director @ Arcane Strategy
@lakodominik @shaandsingh Have you considered changing to a low-cost SaaS model? The problem with low price one-time-purchase-apps is that you want to keep working on it, but in order to do so, you need to make money, too - fair enough - if it was $0.99 a month, you might see a dip in overall conversion rates, but in the long term you'll work out making much more, and importantly, you'll be able to sustain development without having to fall back on full new releases. Just a thought. Great work, either way, I'm a big fan.
Shaan SinghMaker@shaandsingh · Blue Cocoa, Harvard.
@thecoppinger Good points actually. We’re thinking about something similar. Thanks for the thoughts!
Charlie Coppinger@thecoppinger · Managing Director @ Arcane Strategy
@shaandsingh Hey, no worries! Keep doing awesome stuff. All the best.