By my count we’re now up to 791 ways to be productive with your time and tasks on a Mac. There are To-Do lists, task managers, project managers, GTD apps, and Stickies.
There’s notebooks and time schedulers, too. If the first 790 apps didn’t tickle your fancy or curl your toes, trudge on, dear Mac user. What you need is Vitamin. No, not vitamins, as in C, or D, or B or whatever. How about a dose of Vitamin-R?
A Vitamin To Distort The Space Time Continuum
I’m a mom, a wife, a working woman, so time is important. The older I get the faster time seems to roar by. My challenge is to find new and innovative ways to manage my time without massaging my guilt.
Vitamin-R is a time slice task, to-do, project manager.
And you thought all you had to do was open a bottle, pop a little pill and the space time continuum would be altered to fit your schedule.
Unfortunately, reality bites, so we use apps in bytes on our Macs to alter reality in a vain attempt to fit our incessant desire to cram 38 hours of work and pleasure into the mere 24 hours that God gave us. Whew. It’s not easy being me. But being me could be easier with Vitamin-R.
Muscle Up With Vitamin R
At a base level, Vitamin-R is a beta app for your Mac that combines both tools and techniques to overcome your main challenge—too much stuff left to do at the end of your time each day.
After wading through all the advertising verbiage about task complements, organizing features, self discipline, positive feedback loops, ultimate aims, and the need to fully embrace how our brains are wired, Vitamin-R is simply a Mac task organizer with a twist or two.
Vitamin-R resides in your Mac’s Menubar. Download, drag and drop to install, double-click to use. Your tasks or projects are broken into 10 to 30-minute time slices so you can focus on one thing and get it done. It also helps to eliminate distractions so Vitamin-R lets you quit open apps on your Mac.
I’m thinking what you’re thinking. I’m paying someone for an app that can quit all the other apps I bought to get things done so I can focus on getting things done?
Oh, the irony.
Then you assign a time slice to the task at hand using a cute little slider. You’re done. Now forget everything else you need to do and work on the time slice task for the allotted time. Vitamin-R clicks like the 60-Minutes stop watch and verbally announces how much time is left on your task. When you are done with the task, click on the End Time Slice button. See? You’re done. You’re more productive. And the annoying voice not in your head is silenced. For now.
Click on the Now And Later Board button and more options appear. Now. Later. Scratch Pad. Objective.
In summary, you slice and dice all your work into non-distracting 10 to 30-minute slices. A timer and haunting voice mark your progress on each slice. Take some brain dump notes, schedule other slices, focus, focus, focus and somehow, magically, you’re more productive, feel better about yourself, and can now sell all those self help books on eBay.
In the end, Vitamin-R is merely another Mac app (the 791st one, to be more precise) to help us get things done by using focus and discipline. Vitamin-R should cost $500 but it doesn’t.
If it cost that much you’d be sure to use it, focus more intently, and work very hard to wring every ounce of productive nutrition from your investment.
Also in the end, I’m convinced that the unusual Vitamin-R interface is part of that whole left-brain, right-brain thing, whereby creative people use a different side of the brain than creativity-deprived humans like me. Vitamin-R seems to work, the interface and methods are different, but not over the top, but, in the end again (the end is ending this time… honest), Vitamin-R requires energy, discipline, and focus, and not many Mac apps can give you that.