Coming soon to iPhone, iPad, & macOS
I haven't figured out a clever name for it yet, but I'm working on a personal work journal that makes it easy to track what you’ve worked on.
The app runs a Pomodoro timer that asks “what am I working on right now?” every 30 minutes.
Simply jot down a bullet point or two and you’ll finish with a summary of how you spent your day.
Swift, Xcode, Figma
I wanted to make a smarter Pomodoro app with options like:
"When your session ends, mark off one Pomodoro and record what you completed.”
Current Pomodoro apps don’t work this way. They prompt the user to write down the task before starting the session, not after, which is considered the “expert” approach.
I decided to build my Mac prototype the formal way and record tasks at the end of each session. The resulting experience was very positive. I was incentivized to use the app because I could see my accomplishments grow each day. Those entries grew into days and days of lists that had to be organized historically.
My timer had turned into a journal.
I built a working prototype in Swift for Mac.
The layout is basic and I can't edit entries after I add them, but otherwise it's a solid app that runs for weeks at a time without problems.
After dogfooding the app for months, I determined:
The timer window is split between a Pomodoro timer and today’s journal. Entries are shown in reverse order. The timestamp and bullet points are added automatically. The timer and list reset at midnight.
The journal window keeps track of my daily entries. It's helpful to be able to go back and review my productivity at the end of each week and help me plan my next week.
To the right (or below) is an interactive demo of how to use the timer to write down what you're working on.
This was put together in Figma using a wireframe kit I've been working on.
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