Stayfocused is an application that works to try and improve the productivity of people working on computers. It has been developed by Dajia Zhu and helps users to concentrate on a more efficient manner. What the main aim is for the Stayfocused application is to try to get users to work for around 25 minutes and then have a 5 minute break. Although this might seem like a waste of 5 minutes, it helps to freshen the brain and therefore increase the productivity for the next 25 minutes.
What Stayfocused is orientated around is what is known as the Pomodoro, which is a technique to structure work in an extremely efficient manner. Of course, there are a lot of other suites that focus their energy on increasing productivity, but many are complicated to set-up and end up losing users time, rather than helping them to actually increase their workload. The work and break timer that has been incorporated makes this a lot more efficient than most other applications.
What Stayfocused is known for being is extremely simply to use. The interface is simple and therefore, extremely easy to get used to. There are only a couple of buttons including add and reports. Users can add tasks by putting in the name of the task. The reports are also an extremely important part of this tool. It allows users to understand not just what they have managed to achieve, but also how they are spending their time on a daily basis. This means that they can go back and analyse if there are any sections of their day that could be considered wasteful, and therefore, could be replaced with something else.
The task adding system is incredibly simple. There are different task types to choose from which will then be grouped into the reports that have been mentioned above. These include design, program, read, study and also write. For instance, a designer might suddenly realise that if they have been honest with time spent on tasks, they are spending much more time reading and studying, than they actually are designing. They can therefore see this before it really becomes a long term issue and change the focus of how they work.
Stayfocused is a great application that has quickly gained popularity. Currently, it can be run on operating systems including Windows NT/2000/XP/2003/Vista/Server 2008/7.