Y-Productive

Keep your work and distractions under control

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#5 Product of the WeekJuly 18, 2018
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Receive the real-time feedback about your work efficiency and the number of distractions.

Manage tasks, keep an eye on your performance and block distracting websites like Facebook, Reddit or Product Hunt to keep your unproductive habits under control.

Reviews

  • Pavlo GrozianFounding Designer @ Zero
    Pros: 

    Good tool for tracking productivity. Think, macOS should provide it by defaults (as iOS will does since 12).

    Cons: 

    Security risk: collecting tons of private data and doesn't provide multi-factor authentication

    I left Rescue Time after figured out they a) constantly got hacked and b) they sell data. If you think it's not related — you're wrong. It get hacked to sell the data as well. Think, services like that should avoid using cloud, or if they are, it must provide top security level.

    Pavlo Grozian has used this product for one day.
  • Rodrigo ChiongFreelance Full-stack Web Developer
    Pros: 

    Insightful UI shows you in real time if you've been productive or not This alone makes it more useful than other productivity tracking apps

    Cons: 

    No free version. Task time tracking is limited, with no option to export or set billable hours.

    I've used this for about 2 weeks and very quickly it replaced RescueTime for me. The reports and real-time feedback on your productivity (in 5 minutes intervals), plus the insights it gives you like how many times you switched to non-productive apps, is amazing. On the other hand, time tracking is still limited, so if you have to log billable hours by client or aggregating several projects, I'd recommend using this with another app like Toggl.

    Rodrigo Chiong has used this product for one month.

Discussion

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Ryan HooverPro@rrhoover · Founder, Product Hunt
Honored to have the Product Hunt logo included in the video as a blockable website. 🙏🏼
Alex ZhebryakovMaker@alex_zhebryakov · Founder & CEO Y-Productive
@rrhoover ProductHunt is just so fun to scroll through that sometimes work goes aside :D
Alex ZhebryakovMaker@alex_zhebryakov · Founder & CEO Y-Productive
Hi PH! I am Alex. In a first place, I’m a dad of a 2-year old son and a husband of a lovely wife. And only then I’m a developer and a co-founder who spends all his work time with a laptop. Every day, I want to finish my work on time, close that laptop and spend the evening with my family or have some rest. It’s easier said than done. Did you ever notice how much distractions at our computer prevent us from reaching the goal? Colleagues and friends ping every now and then; Unplanned tasks ruin our schedule; Facebook, YouTube, apps, and messengers spend budgets to develop features that will distract us for sure. Now, you were so focused, and... Our willpower is just not enough to handle the technological pressure. To improve, I need to know WHY the heck I visit Facebook or use that app for a half of an hour? Did it harm my productivity or was it work-related? In real-time, please. RescueTime or the analogs aren’t enough here. They either put a pile of “good-to-know” stats without any context on my head or are just too difficult to get through the UI every day. We aim to make Y-Productive a blend of the most useful features to track and improve your workflow. I and my teammates use it every day. How is it said? “Eat your own dog food”, right? Here is my productivity chart preparing for the launch for example: We spent a good year in a beta polishing the app so I hope to hear what you think about it. Let me know your thoughts or questions about Y-Productive! P.S. don't forget to use the promo code: MEOWPRODUCTIVE on a pricing page (wink)(wink) P.P.S. What's your opinion about the app? Maybe the field to improve or add new features? Would be glad to hear your thoughts, people!
Andrey  AzimovHunter@andreyazimov · AndreyAzimov.com
@alex_zhebryakov Congrats with the launch! I've beed first of beta users 1 year ago. The app improved a lot since that time. My favorite part is UI. Can you please share plans for the future? What other feature do you want to add?
Alex ZhebryakovMaker@alex_zhebryakov · Founder & CEO Y-Productive
@andreyazimov thanks for asking! Our #1 goal is to implement the SmartCoach - an assistant that will provide useful tips during the day based on your habits. We require more users however to teach the AI. In the nearest future, we'll add the synchronization between different computers and the productivity profiles to switch the categorization on the fly for different work situations. Think work vs study or something similar. Maybe there's some feature that's missing on your mind? Would be glad to hear the opinion of everyone here.
Andrey  AzimovHunter@andreyazimov · AndreyAzimov.com
@alex_zhebryakov I think it would be great and you can start without AI. Just based on my data. Like best working average time. So If I start working at 9:00, 9:10, 9:20 recommendation could be 9:10 but if it keep increasing it should notify like "So supposed to work". So no AI needed.
Lera Shukatka@lera_shukatka · Support Team Manager, BeLive
@alex_zhebryakov my problem is usually being productive on the laptop... right till I take the phone in the hands. i think I've heard that in a distant future you'd have a mobile app as well or am I just confused?
Alex ZhebryakovMaker@alex_zhebryakov · Founder & CEO Y-Productive
@lera_shukatka we could, but not like "all the features of desktop YP for the phone". iOS, sadly, has very strict restrictions with third-party apps tracking the screen time or blocking other apps.
Michael Popchuk@michael_popchuk · Enterpreneur
Hey @alex_zhebryakov, my goal for using the app is to get a habit to plan a day and follow such plan. I tried achieving it with just a self-discipline, but it didn't really give a sustainable result. My hope is that Y-productive will help me to form such habit and support me in maintaining it. For now it seems that it will do the job. Do you by chance have any educational videos or articles on good practices of using the tool? I saw the hint on the main page but would appreciate more on the matter - like - what are the hints for reviewing the feedback? - what are the patterns I may observe? - how should I approach any negative patterns that I will observe? Or maybe you can recommend any relevant resource/book on the matter. Appreciate your response, M
Alex ZhebryakovMaker@alex_zhebryakov · Founder & CEO Y-Productive
@michael_popchuk hi Michael! Thanks for sharing! We have an intro video when you sign in in the app. My team mate also wrote a nice article on topic: https://www.y-productive.com/blo... He shares tips on how to use Y-Productive in a most effective way. The main idea is that our time and energy for the day is limited, and we can use it a lot better. Hints on how to combine such methods with the app functionality included ;)
Sergey Kliepikov@sergey_kliepikov
Useful app! Really helps you to control and analyze your time
Alex ZhebryakovMaker@alex_zhebryakov · Founder & CEO Y-Productive
@sergey_kliepikov glad to hear it! :)
Roman Stolyar@roman_stolyar
Very useful extension. Been using it since January 2018 and you know what :) my productivity has increased a lot! Thank you guys
Alex ZhebryakovMaker@alex_zhebryakov · Founder & CEO Y-Productive
@roman_stolyar it's delightful to hear that Y-Productive helps! Keep it up! :)