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Focused app review: eyes on the prize!



Focused takes an interesting approach to productivity by allowing you to construct purpose-driven music playlists from the tracks on your iPhone and iPad in order to suit your moods, working style, and environment.

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I’ve always found music to be very distracting when I’m trying to work but those of you who find that it helps your mojo flow a little easier will definitely enjoy this app so be sure to check it out if you’d like to learn more.



Enhance Your Work With Music

What we have here is an interesting app in the Productivity category of the App Store that has been designed to help you increase your focus and productivity by creating playlists from the music in your iTunes music library.

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One thing I really like about this approach is that it takes the song durations into consideration so you can effectively structure your work periods and ensure you are taking plenty of short breaks on a frequent basis.

Labels can also be added to your work periods for further personalization.

Boost your productivity
Boost your productivity

Are You a Clock Watcher?

Focused will provide you with an alert when it is time for you to take a break, and if you’re of the clock-watching persuasion then you can also prevent your screen from locking so that you can keep an eye on the time.

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Of course, multitasking is supported so you can continue listening to audio and receiving alerts even when the app is minimized.

Work at an optimal pace
Work at an optimal pace



Pros & Cons


  • Stay focused and motivated with this handy productivity booster
  • Create your own music playlists based on what helps you work more effectively
  • Adjust the timings of your song selections to intelligently create rest periods
  • Receive an alert when it is time for you to take a break
  • Prevent your screen from locking if you would rather keep an eye on the time
  • Customize the visual interface by choosing between two different themes
  • Add your own custom label to each period to fully customize your work process
  • Multitasking enables you to continue listening to audio and receiving alerts even when the app is minimized
  • Also available in Spanish


  • There is nothing negative to say about this app

Specify your work music
Specify your work music

Final Words

I actually really like the concept behind Focused, but I’m more a fan of the structured approach to work and time management rather than the music so I think I’ll stick with e.ggtimer for the time being.



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Mark is an opinionated writer who loves to review apps. In 2012, he started reviewing Apple apps on a regular basis and wonders how he survived up to that point without these apps.