TimeNuggets is a new iOS app from independent developer Yermek Balabekov. It’s available now as a free ad-supported download from the App Store, but after 30 days requires a $4.99 in-app purchase to maintain full functionality for a year.
TimeNuggets is a task manager that encourages its users to think about the priority of the tasks they want to complete. Upon creating a new task in the app, it must be assigned to one of four priority strata — A, B, C or D, with A being high priority “must be done today” tasks and D being “zero priority” tasks which don’t really need to be done at all — and then it is arranged on to an attractive chart at the top of the screen, effectively showing a “stack” of tasks in order of priority
Tapping on a task marks it as completed and contributes to a percentage completion rating for each of the four categories. In this manner, the app is intended to get users thinking about whether they are correctly choosing the correct tasks to perform each day, or whether they are putting off important things to do things that could either wait or which don’t need to be done at all. To this end, the full version of the app (available free for 30 days, but which much be unlocked with the in-app purchase after that point) allows the user to view a graph plotting their completion percentages for each of the four priority strata over time, allowing them to see if they are correctly managing their time. Data may be viewed over a custom period of time by selecting start and end dates from a calendar, or by using preset “Last 7 days” and “Last 30 days” buttons.
That’s essentially all TimeNuggets does. It’s a simple app with a clear purpose, and it has the potential to help perpetual procrastinators manage their time a bit more effectively. That said, as a task manager it is left somewhat wanting in terms of features; there’s no means of setting due dates or reminders, for example, and no means of synchronizing with other devices or online services. As such, it’s somewhat questionable as to whether or not the app is really worth paying for after the initial 30 days are up. There are a hefty number of iOS-based productivity apps that perform similar functions available for no cost whatsoever, so TimeNuggets really needs to add some more outstanding features before it’s in a position where users will be willing to pay money for it — at present, its only real distinguishing feature is the stat-tracking over time.
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