– publicspace of Luxembourg City, Luxembourg has released version 3 of Vitamin-R, its innovative time boxing solution designed to overcome procrastination, retain focus and maintain motivation. Version 3 features a completely reimagined single window user experience, a soft break, and lock screen option, deeper customization, improved support for the Pomodoro Technique, clearer statistics, faster log handling, personalized profiles, an integrated help system, improved integration with OmniFocus 3 and Things 3 and many other improvements.
Vitamin-R creates optimal conditions for the human brain by structuring work into short bursts of distraction-free, highly-focused activity alternating with opportunities for renewal, reflection and intuition. The built-in task logging and analysis features create positive momentum towards productivity by providing users with tangible feedback on their progress and achievements.
- Slices Up Daunting Tasks into Manageable Chunks:
Vitamin-R breaks down large, vaguely defined tasks into a series of short “time slices” of between 10 and 30 minutes, each with a specific, actionable and reachable objective.
- Promotes Higher Focus:
Vitamin-R features an array of highly configurable visual, audio and speech notifications that prod users to get back to their task as soon as their attention starts to wander.
- Gets You Started, Keeps You Motivated:
Vitamin-R allows users to break through the resistance of procrastination and create a positive feedback loop of small achievements that gets them closer to their ultimate aims.
- Effective Task Switching:
Task switching is a big, but often unavoidable productivity killer. Vitamin-R makes it as efficient as possible and the built-in “breadcrumbing” technique helps users to pick up where they left off.
- Productive Breaks:
Regular breaks are not for slackers. In fact, they are especially important for people who work with high focus. Vitamin-R’s timed breaks make sure that a renewal break does not turn into a free afternoon and the “priming” technique allows your intuition to work overtime even before you start on a new objective.
- Promotes Awareness of Individual Rhythms:
Each one of us is different. Finding out what works best for you is the key to true productivity. Vitamin-R provides the tools to gain improved awareness of preferred work methods and rhythms. Armed with this new knowledge, you can eliminate unproductive work patterns.
- Get It Out of Your Head Quickly:
Did you know that your short-term memory can only hold 4-6 “chunks” of information? The slightest interruption and it’s all gone and you have to start from scratch. That’s why Vitamin-R provides you with the “Now & Later Board”, complete with FastType magic, to give you a place to quickly dump all those things that go through your head and allow you to quickly return to your task.
- Make It Your Own:
Vitamin-R plugs into your life rather than trying to take it over. You can use it occasionally to overcome procrastination or mental blocks or re-organize your entire working life around the concepts that it embodies.
- Works with OmniFocus, Things & The Hit List:
Vitamin-R integrates with traditional to-do list managers rather than trying to replace them.
- Block Out Noise:
The built-in noise machine can block out irritating coworkers and create energizing soundscapes.
- Ideal for Pomodoro Technique Aficionados:
Vitamin-R provides everything you need to implement the Pomodoro Technique: sophisticated timer, log book, and analysis component.
- Attention Deficit Disorder:
While Vitamin-R was never specifically designed with ADHD “suffers” in mind, many ADHD-ers have found its approach to focusing attention invaluable.
New In Version 3:
Version 3 features a completely rewritten single window user interface which integrates all major tools: workflow, log book, statistics, help system, and notepads into a single window. The new interface takes Vitamin-R’s peerless configurability to the next level, by offering the option to add or remove user interface and workflow elements to create individualized workflows.
The new “soft break” feature no longer interrupts the user at the end of a time slice, but instead waits for up to 30 seconds for the user to stop typing or mousing. Vitamin-R makes it easy to extend time slices for short periods.
The new “lock screen” feature allows users to optionally lock the display of their Mac during a timed break to force them to take breaks away from their desk.
The statistics tool has been completely rewritten for improved clarity and the log file handling has been optimized for users with a lot of logged time slices. The new log book provides a much-improved overview of recent time slices and serves as a place to rapidly switch tasks.
Vitamin-R’s integration with OmniFocus 3 and Things 3 has been updated and improved and now imports tag names and durations where available.
The new “Profiles” feature allows users to pre-configure the countless tool options to best match their preferences and workflow. Particular attention has been given to people who want to implement a purer version of the Pomodoro Technique rather than Vitamin-R’s more flexible approach.
The new “Pomodoro-style breaks” control allows timed breaks to be configured with the two or three short breaks followed by a long break advocated by the Pomodoro technique.
Other improvements include quicker keyboard-based controls for changing durations, improved options in the right-click status bar menu and support for macOS 10.14 Mojave and its unique visual style.
- Mac OS X 10.10 Yosemite or later
- 64-bit Mac
- 32 MB Hard Drive space
Pricing and Availability:
For now, the Vitamin-R 3 Beta is exclusively available from the publicspace web store for $24.99 (USD). The web store also offers Family, Business and Enterprise licensing and customers may choose to include a “forever upgrade” with their purchase. Each Vitamin-R web store purchase includes a free license for its companion product, Noise Machine, which is also available separately starting at $4.95 (USD).
Version 2 is available on the Mac App Store and will be joined there by version 3 shortly after its official launch.