How can we improve Simpleology?

Add a timer and time allocation to tasks/targets

To assign time blocks to tasks, ie 5min, 15min, 30min, 1hr, 2hrs etc so we can estimate time needed for the day. A countdown timer would also be cool when we start a task/target so we dont get caught up wasting time. This creates a sense of urgency

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  • Will McKnight commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Simple Pomo timer.. Take a look at this program, Simple and has tracking.. something along those lines. 25/5 duration. with 15 min break after 4 complete pomos

  • Jason Kozub commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Why not use a timer from your phone or buy a timer from a supermarket. That's what I did

  • Justin Wheeler commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    A combination of this and the ability to have my scheduled tasks on an internal Simpleology calendar that are automatically added would be what would make this a must use software solution and worth paying for. Be great to see it developed along with the calendar which is the second most requested feature.

    It's a shame that both of these date back from original mentioning 4 and 3 years but doesn't look like either have had any input from the simpleology team as to why they are not possible or why they haven't been done yet.

  • kurt petrich commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    another UI for the timer might be similar to what David Seah is doing. So that it becomes kind of like a game. You fill in little rounded squares for every 15 minutes, or the system does it automatically for you. GoalsOnTrack has used this idea as well. Pomodoro type timers are generally a good idea. But I want to see how many "Pomo's" I've spent today or how many i did for a given task. Or... how many Pomo's have I devoted to this task so far (if i'm writing a book, lets say. how many pomo's did i spend on chapter 1).

  • John Pulley commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    I agree with Steven. I know the integration may take a bit of programming, but this would really impact planning more effectively.

  • Steven Metzger commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    For me, the perfect improvement would be a combination of the timer function (Nirvana has an excellent setup) with an interface to Google and other calender programs that would allow the user to see the open time slots on their calender, and then drag and drop tasks into the available slots based on the time required to complete them.

  • Shauna VanderHoek commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Oh yeah - me too! My most productive days are when I've listed all my activities on paper, allocated time to each task, total the estimates and KNOW I'd better get moving because I have a 10-hour day planned!... and then a lot gets done!

  • rita delongchamp commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Distractions are inevitable. I would love one pop up that I could quickly create myself (like dream catcher): Examples: Are you on task? Can this be done later? Leave email now! No facebook allowed! Get back to goal. :)

  • Dominic Delf commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    I logged in to ask for this item, to find at top of list. Also want to add why not have a days/ weeks countdown timer to for short / medium goals set. In line with the urgency of completing targets this would also prove to be a powerful focus.

  • Alex Mathai commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    needs to be available via mobile or portable to some other mobile app. have plenty of tasks that require me to be away from my laptop...

  • Tony Lotven commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    I would like to add for those of us that spend a lot of time working on a computer, that a "time out" timer every 20-25 minutes to step away from the computer would be very helpful. Once I am on a roll, I tend to ignore the need for planned breaks. My own searching of research, both scientific and anecdotal, has shown repeatedly that productivity levels for people on computers is diminished significantly without breaks. On the other hand, breaks tend to increase productivity. So for me, a "break time" function would be a great prompt, just like the browser blocker reminds me to stay away from surf exploring. Thanks

  • Kathleen Lloyd commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    The pomodoro approach is great, and I use the app alongside simpleology without undue drama. But, the idea from Ivan and Roo Roo re cumulative time capture and tracking would be magnificent.

  • Serhat Soylu commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    i was about to request exactly this feature and seen it is requested already by the fellow members. It seems we have a likeminded community here. To get an idea on how it could look like please check action machine. It is based on pomodoro approach and functions great. I am using simpleology with the action machine and i can say it definitely helps me to stay on track because i set myself a deadline for each task i have. This makes me do the thing exactly in this time frame. It would be great if the Simpleology team can implement a similar system. Thanks

  • Scott Clayson commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    This is soo funny..I was just coming over here to make this suggestion and lo and behold it is the first one on the list AND is planned..AWESOME!

  • Simon Waxman commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Yes, I particularly like the idea of a timer. This would useful to record how long a task is taking/has taken right there on the system and to be able to archive that information with the task.

  • William Kahn commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    I agree this is one of the most important changes and would like to see with Both Ivan's and Roo Roo's functional improvements (Ivan - Estimate/Actual tracking and cumulation, and Roo Roo's on/off timer with cumulative time capture would both be great for project billing and general productivity management). I would agree with Vic also that the timer should be a checkbox - would be nice to set a default option in profile that would be overwritten by checkbox election if necessary.

  • Ivan Bodnarchuk commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    I requested a similar idea, but with some differences:
    Ability to add "Estimated / Actual Time box" for each task & Cumulate Time filtering by labels; and then transfer the received data to any tracker you want.

    Please see it here for more details:

  • Vic Duran commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    This is a nice feature, but since the timer will not be applicable on all kinds of tasks, please make it optional.

  • Hamad alhajri commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    I'd like to see "pomodoro technique" integrated with simpleology this will increase the productivity

    pomodoro is also a simple technique, it's work by breaking the tasks into pomodoros each pomodoro is 25 min with break for 5 min after 4 pomodoros a break for 15 to 20 min and this would be a full pomodoro,
    in start my day we have determine how many pomodoro each task is needed.
    we need the pomodoro timer in the mobile apps and it should work in the background so if the sceen is lock it will still give us the reminder this should be enough but if you want to implement the full pomodoro technique that would be great.

    thank you

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