Distractions are everywhere. If you use your computer for work, chances are you spend a big chunk of your time in tabs and apps that don’t help you get your work done. In 2016 set out to create a solution to those who suffers from an increasingly common habits of watching cats on Youtube for countless hours. What if we could build clever a tool that helps you stay focused?
Maintaining a healthy balance between work and play involves limiting the amount of hours worked per day. Users therefore begin by setting up their work day length. Since users probably have an idea of which apps and websites they should spend less time in, they have the option to limit their access right from the onboarding screen.
Once Workplay has been configured it goes out of the way and lives in the menu bar. Users can easily switch between Work mode and Play mode and the app keeps track of the time left in a work day to encourage users to complete their goals every day. Time spent in apps can be monitored in real time and limits can be adjusted accordingly.
We wanted to create an unobtrusive and plain app that is easy to use and doesn’t take focus from the tasks at hand. Making WorkPlay a native MacOS solves this quite well, as the interaction with native apps often is handled through the menu bar with just a few clicks.