Stay on Track With 30/30

It’s Productivity Month on iPad.AppStorm! Throughout July, we plan to share with you all our tips, tricks, apps and resources to help you both improve your iPad experience and work better and more productively!

One of the gems on the productivity app market is 30/30, and if you haven’t tried it out yet, now’s your shot. It’s got lots of great features and is quite a looker, too. A built in timer and plenty of customization options for all of your tasks are just the tip of the iceberg with this pick. I’ll run through all of the best features of 30/30 and what makes it such a task managing powerhouse.

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Stay on Task

There’s a pretty prominent timer up top, and that’s going to be where you get the most use out of 30/30. This isn’t just a to-do list where you pop your grocery list into some checkboxes, and if that’s what you’re looking for, there are better apps for that. 30/30 keeps you on track with all of the things you need to get done. With a full task list, hit the timer to get things rolling, tap again to pause, or tap and hold to stop the timer entirely. Adjust the allotted time for the current task without editing the task itself by tapping the +5m and -5m icons. Lock the task list to prevent editing, or delete, check off, or reorder the current task using the icons spread around the timer’s face.

30/30's timer will keep you on track.

30/30‘s timer will keep you on track.

Create a new task by spreading apart vertically or “zooming in” on the task list. You can insert a new task anywhere this way. This takes you to the new task creation, and you have some options for your task. Give it a label or description, like “writing project” or “sort the recycling.” There are ten colors to choose from, so you can code your tasks and task lists or just give them a bit of flair. The different icons let you quickly indicate what sort of task you’ve created. Before you tap Done, set a time limit for the task.

Create a task for anything you need to get done.

Create a task for anything you need to get done.

Once you’re back to your task list, you can manipulate your tasks. Because you’re working to a timer, you’ll want to make sure all of your tasks are in the right order, set to the right time, and you don’t have any extraneous tasks hanging around. Tap and hold a task to select it, and then drag your task to reorder it. Slide a task to the left to move it to the bottom and tap it with two fingers to move it to the top. A three finger tap will create a copy of a task, and a slide to the right will delete a task. Double tap a task to edit it, but if you do anything you want to take back, shake your iPad to undo.

The folder icon in the upper left reveals all of your task lists. You can create a bunch of task lists for different work projects or to use at home or for hobbies, so you aren’t tied to constantly editing a single list every time you switch gears. All of the settings for 30/30 are available by tapping the icon in the upper right. There are lots of great options here, and you can tell 30/30 to stay on all of the time or turn off the Shake to Undo feature. I really like to have 30/30 auto-loop my tasks, and you can look for that, too. If you’re running 30/30 on another device, turn on iCloud syncing to get your tasks everywhere.

There are lots of ways to move your tasks around.

There are lots of ways to move your tasks around.

30 Minutes or All Day

30/30 is a Pomodoro-style app, or at least you can use it that way. Pomodoro timers keep you on a work schedule with regular breaks thrown in. You’re all but forced to stop and stretch your legs, look away from your computer, and do something else for a few minutes. You certainly don’t have to use 30/30 like that, though, and it works great for just stacking timed tasks on top of each other to stay on target. If you can more visually understand that you have a certain number of things to get done and a limited time to see each task through, it can help you to more strictly focus.

This is a really well-designed app. 30/30 is meant to be the sort of app you stay inside of all day, and that’s not a bad thing. It looks amazing, with a flat design and bold, bright colors. The individual elements are large, and the buttons are intuitive. There are a lot of gestures to learn, but it’s an app that just works. It makes sense, and the graphics and function work hand in hand.

Get into the settings to edit just about anything.

Get into the settings to edit just about anything.

30/30 is fully functional and works perfectly as-is, but you don’t get all of the icons with the free download. You can support the app, though, by getting some additional icons or get a big icon pack and save a buck. That’s a normal IAP. There are some built in “thanks” purchases you can buy if you just really like the app. The developer basically leaves it up to you to pay what you think 30/30 is worth to you. That’s certainly not unheard of, but I think it’s rare enough in iOS apps, especially apps of this quality, to warrant a check in the cool column for 30/30.

Final Thoughts

Even if 30/30 didn’t come free, it would definitely be worth a download, but I can’t justify not giving it a test drive if all it costs you to get 30/30 onto your iPad is a bit of time. This is just a spectacular app. It looks great and fills a really specific hole in the task and todo market.

If you’re the sort of person who has trouble focusing, and who doesn’t, 30/30 may be the app that turns it around for you. Task creation is super simple, and you can have a ton of lists for all of your projects. 30/30 is a stellar productivity app and a game changer if you’re looking for something to turn your to-do act around.


Summary

Awesome app for setting up a task list and sticking to a schedule.

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