I think that the best possible vision for this app is that it is your productivity coach.
It has an amazing ability to institute blocks that previously were not possible on iOS. I think that improving those features is a huge quick win. Making it easier for the user to create groups for blocking (like being able to copy other groups, having templates to make it easier to create good blocking groups, giving users more options on what they have to do to cancel the session, etc.) would improve on the core functionality of the app.
But long-term, I think that the focus score could be something really powerful. Right now, it’s slightly useful for me because I can check in on when I’m on my phone too much.
But it’s not actually a reflection of how focused I am. It doesn’t take into account what I’m doing on my computer, and it basically treats all phone use as bad.
enabling users to customize the focus rating for each app is a necessary step, but even if that were possible, motherfuckers whore would still be at best a reflection of how focused I am on my phone.
Comparing me to other users is not super useful for me because right now I’m just comparing myself against people who don’t really use their phone. It doesn’t mean they’re more focused or effective.
So I guess what I’m saying is that I don’t think the community element is a great use of developer time. I don’t think it adds a ton of value to the user.
In the medium term, I think it would be fantastic to be able to show the user what apps are breaking their focus, and basically suggesting blocks to the user. Like saying that if you block this app and that app at this time, it’s likely to prevent you from losing a ton of focus.
That would have a significant value add even before integrating with computer app use.
But long-term, I think ideally this app would also track usage and focus on the computer as well as the phone.
If you do that, there are some amazing features that you could implement. Things like, I am notifying a user when they are going down a rabbit hole or getting distracted. Suggesting a good time for a user to put in a block and do a deep focus session, because the data shows that is that user has a focus session at that time, they’ll be more productive for the rest of the day
So that’s what I’m talking about when I say that the long-term vision could be a productivity coach
There are a lot of apps that try to do this. I’ve personally tried Rescue time and Rize, Neither does any of this effectively.
Obviously to implement this vision you would probably need to use AI. I don’t know if that’s some thing that you guys have the developers for, but if you do I really think that a product like this could be insanely useful
To sum up, I think that the best feature is you could add in the short term are things that make it easier for the user to create blocks. In the medium term, I think the best features would help the user understand what apps are making them lose focus, what patterns are emerging on their phone usage, and how they could be more productive. Like what interventions, focus sessions, and blocks they could use. Long-term, I think that it makes sense to try to pull in data from all the users’ devices and do use AI to help people get nudged in the right direction to be more productive and understand which patterns lead to productive days.
Anyway, sorry if that’s too grandiose. I just wanted to put out what I think it would be an amazing direction for this app. It would be something I would pay a lot of money for
But even now the block features are pretty damn good and I’m loving the app very much! Thanks for making it!