Published April 26, 2013
App Review: Zamora Time
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Rating: 3/5

A procrastinator extraordinaire, I’ve long struggled with focusing on the tasks at hand, often wasting what little of my 24 hour day I can feasibly use. Stumbling upon Zamora Time, a productivity app for my Windows 8 machine, I decided to give it a spin in the hopes of joining society as a competent task master.

Zamora Time —for the most part— does its job pretty well. The app is a combination of a checklist and a Pomodoro timer, a time management system that has you working in 25 minute intervals followed by a five minute break. Having used separate apps, websites or even paper to keep track of my never ending to-do lists in the past, it was nice to have something that rolled all of this functionality into one place. You begin using the app by adding items to your checklist for that day and providing descriptions of the task. Once you’ve settled on what needs to get done, you click on an item, start the timer and hit the grindstone. For anyone who hasn’t used a Pomodoro timer before, this mechanism really does help focus users on getting a great deal of work done in such a short time. Or at the very least, it compels you to get off your butt and get started.

If you’re still getting distracted, the app allows you to document the number of times you find yourself whisked away to your social media, YouTube, or other siren sites. Or, so I thought anyway.

One of the more glaring flaws about Zamora Time is its unwillingness to dispense any information about its other features. Testing the interruption feature, I thought it would have cataloged the times I wandered from my ever expanding workload; it instead created new checklist items with the timer and everything. This kind of brings to question whether the interruption feature is a misnomer, instead being a useful tool for breaking your tasks down into sizeable chunks. Another weak point of the app is the inability to transfer leftover tasks from the previous day into the current one. This leaves users to re-enter the tasks they — still — need to complete.

While great for its standard features, Zamora Time is kind of obtuse to users and fettered by a minor annoyance here and there. If you need a tool to prioritize, Zamora Time is an alright, albeit not well rounded, app for the job.

For Fans of : Pomodoro Timer, Timer Apps and Note Apps

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