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How Focus Bear compares to Focus To-Do

Comparison
Sep 4, 2022
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It seems like everyone is always busy these days. We’re all juggling work, school, and family responsibilities, and it often feels like there’s not enough time in the day to get everything done. It can be hard to know where to start when it comes to getting more organized and becoming more productive.

That’s where productivity apps come in. There are a lot of different options out there, but Focus Bear and Focus To-Do both aim to help you make the most of your time.

So how do they compare?

To help you decide which one is best for you, let’s take a look…

What is Focus To-Do?

Focus To-Do is a time and task management application that helps you to manage tasks and get work done efficiently. It’s based on the Pomodoro Technique, a popular time management method that has been proven to be effective in helping people get work done.

Focus To-Do allows you to allocate a set amount of time for each task you want to tackle and focus on the task in blocks of 25 mins until the timer is up. This can help you to stay focused and avoid procrastinating.

What is Focus Bear?

Focus Bear is a productivity app that was created by someone with ADHD for people who have trouble staying focused. It helps you to manage your time without having to think about it and is helpful for anyone who wants to block out distractions.

Focus Bear allows you to set your computer use hours, create custom morning and night routines, and customize your focus modes for different activities so that you can make the most of your time.

Comparing Focus Bear vs. Focus To-Do

Both Focus Bear and Focus To-Do are time management applications that help you to get work done more efficiently. However, some key differences between the two may make one better suited for your needs than the other.

First, let’s take a look at what features Focus To-Do offers:

Focus To-Do Features

- It’s free: Focus To-Do is a free application that can be downloaded on a variety of devices, including Android, iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch, Mac, Windows, and Chrome Extension. You can also upgrade to the premium or lifetime tiers starting from $1.99 per month, to unlock more features.

- Set a time for each task: With Focus To-Do, you can set an execution time for each task so that you know exactly how long it will take and aren’t left guessing. This will help you to better estimate how much time you need for each task and plan your schedule.

- Synchronize all your devices: If you upgrade to the premium app, Focus To-Do will automatically sync your tasks and progress across all of your devices so that you can carry on where you left off whether you’re on the go or at home.

- Record your progress every day: With Focus To-Do, you can see how much progress was made over days or weeks which can help you analyze your work habits. For ease, you can view your progress data in various formats like bar charts and calendars.

- Add reminders so you don’t forget anything: With Focus To-Do, you can set reminders for tasks so that you don’t forget anything important. If you need to remember to do some reading or submit an assignment, you’ll always be reminded.

- Split a task into small pieces: If a project seems overwhelming, you can break it down into smaller individual tasks so that it’s more manageable. That way, you can focus on one thing at a time without feeling overwhelmed.

- Recurring tasks don’t need to be added each time: If there are certain tasks that you do regularly, like checking your email or writing a blog, you can set them up as recurring tasks so that you don’t have to add them each time.

Now, let’s look at what features Focus Bear offers:

Focus Bear Features

Get started for free: Focus Bear is free to download and use, with a 21-day free trial. After that, it costs $5/mo. It’s currently only available on MacOS Catalina.

Customized focus modes: Whether you’re working on a project, taking a class, or doing something else, you can customize a focus mode to fit your needs. For example, if you’re working on a project, you can set a timer and enable Pomodoros so that you work in short bursts with breaks in between.

Block out distractions: With Focus Bear, you can easily block out distractions across all your devices so that you can focus on getting work done. Block social media, email, and other websites that tend to be distracting.

Set computer use hours: Stick to a healthy work/life balance and set your computer use hours so that you’re not working long hours into the night. Instead, you can set a time limit and focus on other things when the timer is up.

Personalized morning and night routines: Start your day off right with a customizable morning routine that gets you focused and motivated for the day ahead. In the evening, wind down with a relaxing night routine that helps you to relax and disconnect from work.

Productivity-boosting breaks: Focus Bear has a built-in break timer that helps you to take breaks at regular intervals. This is important because it allows you to avoid burnout and come back to your work refreshed.

The break reminders are not just a gentle push notification either — it takes over your whole screen so you really get the message. Don’t worry though, it can tell if you’re in a meeting (based on your camera/microphone being turned on) and won’t interrupt you’re on a call.

You decide what the break activities are. If you’re in an office environment and pullups aren’t appropriate, some chair based stretching and deep breathing exercises are the way to go.

If you really can’t do the break right now, you’ve got an option to postpone by 5 minutes but Focus Bear will ask you to reflect on whether you really need to do that.

Automatic goal tracking: Focus Bear tracks your progress towards your goals automatically, so you can see how well you’re doing. This is helpful because it allows you to adjust your goals and focus as needed.

Which app is best for you?

If you’re very disciplined and good at avoiding distractions, Focus To-Do is a good option. If you find that you get off track quickly and need a tool to help, Focus Bear is the best choice. Also, if you’re interested in not only improving your productivity but also developing healthy habits in the morning and evening (e.g. do some meditation and exercise before starting work), Focus Bear will help you up your habit game whereas habits are not a priority in Focus To-Do.

Download Focus Bear for free today to start being more productive.

Comparison
Sep 4, 2022

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