So you’re the type who makes a lot of lists but find it hard to actually get started or focused on something? Then perhaps you need the motivation of a clock ticking – enter 30/30, a timed app that makes you list down what you need to get done and then starts a countdown.
What you get: a nice big screen with a virtual timer that will mark how much time you have left to do something. You start off first with adding all the tasks that need doing to a list. Using touch gestures, you can deftly add tasks until you have your list sorted.
You can also assign a time to each task from one minute to up to 180 minutes (three hours). After each task is eliminated, the clock will then chime which is your cue to then move on to the next task. Either swipe away the finished task or you can just reorder the tasks with a hold and drag. Sudden interruptions? Touch the clock to pause.
Think of 30/30 as a to-do list with an additional motivation kick. For people who like the Pomodoro technique, which forces you to be in the zone and work to the end of a timer, 30/30 is pretty useful. While you can download it for the pretty price of free, you can also purchase a variety of icons just so you can somewhat alleviate the tedium of adding tasks by customization. But you don’t have to pay extra for added features because, well there aren’t really any to speak of.
It does include amusing gestures such as shaking your iDevice to undo an action and syncing to iCloud, but apart from that the app is pretty barebones and no-frills. I am still trying to understand who would pay US$4.99 for the full set of icon packs or $0.99 per icon pack.
Like Unstuck, 30/30 is a situational app that works fine on the occasions when you need it, like timed deadlines. But the lack of sound customizations, like amusing voicepacks, is a sore point with the app. If you work better with time constraints or need more structure in your life, then maybe take 30/30 for a spin to give you that added kick in the rear.
30/30 is easy enough to use but whether it has the ability to keep you using it for the long-term might be another. If you end up getting used to blocking out the alarm, then 30/30’s chimes will lose their charm over time.
“THINK OF 30/30 AS A TODO LIST WITH AN ADDITIONAL MOTIVATION KICK.”
Free (with in-app purchases)
Having a timer to motivate you to finish your tasks is both genius and a pain.
Adding, removing and editing tasks is a breeze with simple swipe gestures.