Think you're efficient? prove it with Momentum version 1.3

Are you above average when it comes to time management? The master of productivity at your office? Want to prove it? The latest version of Momentum will a paint of picture of just how well you do. Here''s how:

Charts

 

A new tab has been added with a progress chart that measures your daily goals for the current week compared to your progress (completed, aborted and failed Pomodoros). Keep track of your success and maintain motivation and focus to reach your goals every day, one work segment at a time.   

 
The weekly summary chart tracks your progress to keep your focused on your daily and weekly goals. To improve, you must measure. 

The weekly summary chart tracks your progress to keep your focused on your daily and weekly goals. To improve, you must measure. 

 

Daily Progress Metric

 

The former Task Progress Path metric has been replaced with a more useful POM Progress metric. This new metric provides a daily goal post to measure your progress in completing focused work segments (aka POMs or Pomodoros) compared to the goal you set at the beginning of your day. When combined with the POM Speedometer metric, you will know if you are on course to meet your potential for focused work time every day. 

Other improvements:

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Export/Import

Export all current tasks, assigned and completed POMs, as well as all historical data, including daily POM goals, completed tasks, Aborted/Failed POMs and more (well not much, more, but a little more, like date and time of entry). 

Why - I thought; "if someone wants to upgrade from version 1.0 to a new version, wouldn't it be nice not to have to start over?" I think the answer is yes, so let it be done. 

Performance

 

We have a need for speed! (And no patience for "laggy" user interfaces). Unnecessary background activities have been minimized resulting in smoother and more responsive interaction with the app. 

Versions 1.1 & 1.2? 

What happened the two versions between 1.3 and 1.0? They never received their day in the sun, but they are still with us or at least their bug fixes and feature enhancements are baked into version 1.3. Could this have been version 1.1 or 1.2? Sure. But after several major changes, it just "felt" like a 1.3 in the end. It happens, even if it seems illogical. 

Try it! Tweet it!

Download it. See how far you can go in a day, a week, two weeks... Tweet the results to @Cerrebellum and I'll post mine to compare. 

How Did I Get Here?

One frustrated night, shortly after New Year’s Day last year (2015), I opened a spreadsheet, turned over a clean sheet in a notebook and wrote out some questions:

  • Why do my time management methods break down and fail?
  • If my work day were a game, what would the scoreboard look like?
  • For any given work day, how would I score my performance for the day?

After searching unsuccessfully for years for a tool that provided tangible awareness over my schedule and tasks, I gave up my search and decided to build a crude tool from a spreadsheet to help make sense of my day like a scoreboard during a game.

Over the course of 15 months since that day, the original spreadsheet was gradually molded into a time and task management app now called Momentum. You can see and try it here. The app, to the best of my current abilities, integrates dynamic visual cues with the concept and methods of the Pomodoro Technique, developed by Francesco Cirillo.

 www.pomodorotechnique.com

 www.pomodorotechnique.com

If you’re not familiar with the Pomodoro Technique, it is a simple method for blocking time and allowing yourself to focus 100% of your attention for 25 minutes at a time. This method provides a safe place to ignore distractions, and achieve a productive and fulfilling state of flow.

The original Pomodoro Technique ebook, referred to in a 2009 Wall Street Journal article,  included sample worksheets, like the small example below. The initial versions of Momentum were modeled from these examples. 

Source: "The Pomodoro Technique v1.3", 2007, Francesco Cirillo

Source: "The Pomodoro Technique v1.3", 2007, Francesco Cirillo

For the next 15 months, averaging about 1 to 1.5 hours every other night, I:

  • learned to program in Microsoft Visual Basic for Applications (VBA),
  • learned to set up and design a dashboard
  • stretched my math skills further than they had been stretched since college
  • learned the intricacies of manipulating Excel
  • built a web site
  • wrote and produced a demo video and
  • Used, tested and fixed that spreadsheet over and over again.

15 months, many, many tasks and lots of patience have brought me to this point where I am writing to you today. Today marks the official launch of Cerrebellum, the company and Momentum, the app that integrates the Pomodoro Technique with a time and task management dashboard. Please, let me know what you think. Any constructive criticism is welcome and appreciated.

The final product, ready to go...

The final product, ready to go...

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Regards

Joel