Limitless is a productivity app for chrome which helps to increase online productivity by identifying sites which distract people. The app was created by Zingfin, a data analytics company based out of Silicon Valley. Recently we spoke about consuming and creating things and how they can affect our productivity.
Balaji Viswanathan, Founder of Zingfin, says, “The goal of the plugin is to help you grow your productivity by 10% by the end of 2014. It will look at the time of the day and browsing patterns and accordingly show different kind of messages. The goal is to use the “nudge theory” – a psychology model to provide both positive and negative feedback to users and improve their productivity.”
What it does?
The app categorizes various websites you visit into different sections such as work, social, other, learning. It then keeps track of the time you spend on various tasks, and shows it to you in terms of percentage of the time you spend online. It also encourages you to work hard by providing you occasional suggestions in a subtle manner.
Nudge theory is used for positive reinforcement and indirect suggestions to try to achieve non-forced compliance. It can influence the motives, incentives and decision making of groups and individuals alike, at least as effectively – if not more – than direct instruction, legislation, or enforcement.
How is it useful?
Unlike other productivity apps, which show you the time you spent on each site, and even allow you to block the site for a certain period of time, with Limitless the user does not have to add websites manually, though if you think a site is not correctly assigned to a category, you can manually edit it and assign or add a new category.
Some of the great features of the app are:
- It helps you set your new year resolution and goals for the year and day.
- This makes sure that your daily goals are aligned to your annual goals. The app also includes a translucent scratchpad to write your to-do lists.
- The text on the scratchpad is saved in the browser cache.
- When you open a new tab, it informs you about the number of seconds left in the day and also lets you know how much can be achieved in that amount of time.
- The app also tells you about your most productive time based on your browsing and interaction with the app.
The app has a minimalistic text based UI and the User Experience flow through each page is also intuitive. Each screen comes with a very motivating background image. An option to download these images would have been great.
The app has been downloaded for over 2.1K times with a majority of downloads in the last six days. The team is now working on the Firefox version, which will be released by the middle of February.
Get Limitless here