I’ve been thinking about improving my work day hundreds of times in the past. I had practiced different blends of productivity techniques, but I didn’t find software for digital workers which leveraged all these techniques and kept me going enough time to see the results. That’s how I’ve decided to start own software company. Yeah, the story of Y-Productive is the story of solving personal productivity problem.
Now, as this crazy digital world is spinning, I feel the need to help digital workers who seek for their day improvement as I do. My personal motto is “There's no time like the present”. I want to be proud of each day so I want to put my efforts into right direction and not waste it for nothing. Do you feel the same? Follow me along to find out how I tackle it now and what are plans for the future.
The story began when I became entrepreneur 2 years ago. I had several good corporate jobs before, but then it was so exciting to become my own boss. The top expectation was to get more freedom in what I did. And I got that freedom and was able to work from any part of the world.
But becoming CEO of yourself brought problems with work-life balance as work started insanely consuming my time. A lot of tasks seemed critical to tackle — that’s how I went into a spiral of working more and more but accomplishing less and less. I had burnouts many times before, but the latest burn out was the most crushing one. Apathy, fever, no motivation to get out of the bed… it was around 1 year ago.
First signs of recovery started appearing only 2 weeks after. I was tired of laying on a sofa watching dumb TV series and thought about reading something valuable. Fortunately, I found “Your Brain at Work” book on my shelf written by Dr. David Rock.
It was someone`s old gift, but for some reason, it was not in priority reading list. Bad for me. I had started reading the book — it was a gold mine of anti-burnout advice. The book explains everything about productivity and work performance from the neuroscience perspective. The style is very engaging, no scientific boring language at all (seems I know why I was afraid to read it before).
When I finished the book, I was willing to act on a result again. I knew the next burnout is unavoidable at some point in the future, but I wanted to make it smoother. So, I tried to break down all the reasons of burnout into atoms so that I can recover my productivity little by little. As a result, I learned the weak spots I need to challenge:
Seems like too much to handle it without additional help, right? That’s how the idea for Y-Productive sparked.
Here are a few basic steps to start with the application:
I know, pressing the tracking button for a task is an effort. But tasks set the context to understand your activities. This way you only deal with the information that concerns your workflow. The whole workday is in a plain sight within one screen.
While automated productivity trackers propose you to figurally lay on a sofa and forget about acting on a problem, like I was a year before, Y-Productive is different. Being a blend of productivity tracker, time tracker, and task management software, it concentrates on what’s really important for your workday: actions invested to complete your goal.
Now I get a lot out of Y-Productive application myself:
The goal of the current phase #1 is straightforward productivity tracking software enriched with the context — your tasks for a day.
Straightforward productivity tracking (when you map websites/applications as productive/unproductive) is the solution which helps to put your efforts into the right direction, so you invest your actions and energy into a result.
Our next goal is to be able to identify behavior patterns, both productive and unproductive, and pro-actively help our users to improve their behavior throughout work day with an AI. A smart coach in our productivity fitness, if you will. That’s the next phase #2 which would require all our experience and your support and feedback to solve such a complex challenge.
We are all ears and eagerly waiting for feedback from you. If you want to improve your task performance and don’t want to give up on it by day 5 of your trial (like it happened to me with the most of similar apps), download Y-Productive desktop application. We have a lot of stuff to help you on your way.
Share your experience on how it works for you and and you’ll help us in return. Let’s make something that really changes people’s life. Thanks a lot!