Ac tion­Ally

Let’s ac­tion that!

Mac Format - - RATED | MAC APPS -

$37 (about £25) De­vel­oper Nicky Ha­jal, ac­tion­

Re­quires OS X 10.8 or higher

Ef­fec­tive time man­age­ment is Ac­tion­Ally’s aim, help­ing you plan and ex­e­cute tasks. At a set time each day, it’ll prompt you to plan what you’re do­ing the fol­low­ing day, in­clud­ing how and why tasks should be done. When the time comes, you fire up work ses­sions to de­fine how long you’ll fo­cus on a given task, and you can block a userde­fined list of ‘dis­tract­ing’ web­sites (although this didn’t seem to work dur­ing testing).

The in­ter­face is a float­ing win­dow that cov­ers the screen. Set­ting up tasks is easy enough, although it has a lack of key­board-only con­trol, which doesn’t feel ef­fi­cient. The work­flow model is at least in­ter­est­ing, and you get handy emails dur­ing your ini­tial time with the app to help you make the most of ev­ery­thing.

The seven-day free trial will let you see if it works for you, but we soon found our­selves re­turn­ing to sim­pler Cal­en­dar lists and Breaktime ses­sions. Craig Gran­nell An in­ter­est­ing take on task man­age­ment, which of­fers value – if it clicks with you.

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