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Just10Minutes Review and Giveaway – 100 Copies to Be Won!

By Ryan Blundell on 22 Feb 2010 09:40 am EST
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Contest details at the end of this article.... keep reading, and good luck!

Just10Minutes

Pssst! Hey, can you keep a secret? Don’t tell Kevin, but I kind of didn’t start this review quite when I was supposed to. Okay, well actually, I left it until the last minute. I know I know, I shouldn’t have, but you know how things come up. Okay, well actually, nothing came up, but I did think about doing it earlier. Yeah, I had it planned out and everything. Okay, well actually…

At some point (or points) in our lives, there’s a few things that need to be done, that we dawdle at. We scramble around at the last second trying to complete the task, or we come up with some sort of excuse. Whether it be the imaginary dog eating homework, the over-exaggerated traffic jam or the timely computer crash. It’s time to stop wasting time and start making time. Stop procrastinating and start producing. Just10Minutes is designed to ensure your projects are completed, by setting work and break intervals until the task is done. We all know you’re checking out the CrackBerry blogs when you are supposed to be working anyway (caught you!), so why not check out Just10Minutes? Oh and Kevin? I was just kidding about dragging my feet, honest!

About Just10Minutes

Just10Minutes is brought to you by Ademendo Software. The company also developed the soothing multiple alarm application ZenMinder, which we reviewed last year. They also created the Don’t Be Bored! Application, which provides hours of entertainment with thousands of humorous images. Now that I think about it, Don’t Be Bored may actually cause you to procrastinate. It’s a good thing Ademendo came up with Just10Minutes. The application is available to BlackBerrys running OS 4.2 or higher. It’s currently in version 1.0.1.1 and requires 143KB of space.

The idea of Just10minutes is based on the (10+2)*5 procrastination hack. This idea was presented by Merlin Mann over at 43folders.com, back in 2005. Here’s how it works:

You have a work period of ten minutes, followed by a break period of two minutes. This 10 minute work period must be completely dedicated to a single project. That means focused, dedicated work, with no distractions (and no BlackBerry). After this time, your break period begins. At this point, you have free range; you can even play brickbreaker! Once the 2 minute break period is up, it’s back to work. This process is repeated for a total of five intervals. Your hour is done and so is your work. I definitely like the concept. How do you implement this on your BlackBerry? I’m glad you asked.

Just10Minutes
Main Menu

Just10Minutes uses this procrastination hack and incorporates it into a powerful To-Do list. If you wish, you can add a little organization to your task list by using categories. There are no categories initially included, so you have to create your own. When creating a new task, you can record the name of the task, set the assigned category, set the due date (if applicable) and any related notes. The main menu will display your tasks in two different ways, depending if you use categories or not. If you use categories, the main menu will display a type of menu tree, with the Categories list first and the associated tasks below. If no categories are created, you will just see a general list of tasks. You also have the option to sort the task by due date or category; thereby allowing you to quickly switch between views. You can also integrate the native BlackBerry task application as well.

Just10Minutes
Creating a Task

In the main menu, each task entry will display the name of the task, as well as the date/time of when it is due. You will also notice a small square box to the left of the task name. Once you complete a task, Just10Minutes will reflect this with a checkmark. You can then easily see your progress. With a large number of tasks to tackle, you may feel a bit overwhelmed and not know where to start. The application gives you the option to choose a task at random. Okay that’s enough procrastinating; let’s look at the task process.

Just10Minutes
Get to Work!

When a task has been selected, the screen switches to what looks like a countdown clock. Here you can view time ticking away, as well as the name and category of the task. At the bottom, you can choose to start working, edit the task or mark the task completed (note: after pressing Start Working, the same button switches to Take a Break.) As your work period ends, a pop up will indicate that it’s time to take a break. Depending on how you set up the application, you may hear a tone, a vibration, see the LED flash blue, or any combination of the three. The break period works exactly the same as your work period, including end of period notifications. If you complete the job, you can click on the Task Done button to leave the timer screen and mark the task as completed. For repetitive tasks, Just10Minutes is perfect as it allows for tasks to be reopened and reassigned from ‘completed’ to ‘in progress’. This saves time on having to enter in the same task over and over.

Just10Minutes
Settings Menu

If you are having trouble sticking to the 10 minute / 2 minute routine, Just10Minutes enables you to modify your work and break timers. Perhaps you enjoy using the Pomodoro technique. In a nutshell it’s a 25 minute work period followed by a 5 minute break. For more information, check out pomodorotechnique.com.

Conclusion

By using Just10minutes, you will keep your Boss, Teacher or anyone else happy. It’s a powerful way to get you out of the rut and onto the job at hand. With native task integration and multiple task organization, you will definitely keep on track. Just10Minutes offers a free trial period. If you want to buy it after you try it, you can pick it up for $3.99 from the CrackBerry App Store.

Contest:

We have 100 copies of Just10Minutes to give away. Just leave a comment on this post to enter. Contest ends this Sunday at Midnight PST, so don’t procrastinate. Please only leave one comment, multiple entries won’t count.

Pros

  • Intrgrates with native task application
  • Modify work and break timers

Cons

  • no more excuses for slacking off

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Reader comments

Just10Minutes Review and Giveaway – 100 Copies to Be Won!

537 Comments

This is an excellent app to keep track of my due payments that are coming up. I love the UI also its beautiful.. Giveee meeeee

Don't be bored app isn't that good. Every 3rd picture has a cat in it & most pics overall are PG rated

Once a procrastinator, always a procrastinator. If this could get me out of procrastinating, I would buy it 5 times! Sadly, I'm not sure if there's any hope for me anymore.. :(

Very good app. I am using free version (miss pro features a bit ;) and it really can help to focus on work!

I'd really like to win and get my marks a bit higher at grammar school! This utility might help me to plan homework and tests.

Procrastinated for about 10 minutes before making this comment. So, I definitely do need this. Pls, send me a copy! Now back 2 wrk!!!

As a Stay At Home Dad, Cub Scout Leader, School Volunteer and small business owner I could really use this.

I love my BB STorm and it has made my life more organized etc.

This app would really add to that and help calm the chaos that is my life

The true test would be me not procrastinating too much and not starting the app in the first place. If I already had the app I would have posted this at least 10 minutes ago. Oh well back to work time to play blocked traffic.

Theres a Yahoo widget called Ten Plus two that does the same thing. except you cant change its settings. this is alot more sophisticated and id love to win it. well win anything for that matter llol. pick me!!

It is great application for business user like us, it intergrated with bb well
Thanks for giving us the chance to win the copy, later

I've read much about how to Get thing done but I've found that it's not easy to have Mind like water in real life. Hope to have one copy to get my tasks done and keep me on track!

Procrastination at it's finest. I've got something due in a few hours and I'm checking CB! So I could use this.

Nice app,,,,and i need it too,,,,cause my boss is on my back all the time,,,,,don't think he knows what it means to have a blackberry!!!!need to stay connected all the time!!!!! Not really, but i do need the app! Thanks.....

Wanted to immediately enter the contest but procrastinated by looking at all the comments first! Better win one of these so I can get some work done!

As a busy mom of four kids, I would love to win a copy of Just10minutes! I use my blackberry to help me get things done and this would be great. I constantly reset reminders for my tasks until I get them done.

New to blackberry but already use the tasks on my blackberry for reminders for my college classes. Would love a copy of Just10Minutes!

I have recently been using the time on my Storm, set at 15 minutes to get to work on a project. I find that I often work long past the 15 minutes. Setting the timer just gets me started.

I would really like to give this application a try.

Chris

Without this program, I don't know how I remembered to actually leave a post to try to win... I could really use it!

I could definitely use this to help me get stuff done. Working full time and having 1mo old twins, its so hard to get stuff done because I always put it off. I could really make use of this. Nice app guys!

And I figure my chances must be good. Because all the procrastinators will never get around to leaving their comments!

Im always late at job I receive lots of warnings and my mom says that I dont have an idea of what is time really so i. Definitely need this app im mess when gotta do things and im in a rush thanx crackberry

Work full time. Two part-times jobs! Three grand children and basically no life otherwise.....

I need this app!

Peace...

I was just thinking this morning how I never get any of my tasks done in the morning because I get distracted by Twitter, forum reading, etc. Looks like this app would help.

I've been trying to implement something similar on my own, but am seriously struggling (see how I'm on cb when I should be working?? I've definitely been here for longer than my allotted "free time").

My boss would love you if I won this...and might overlook how often I visit this site during the day. :)

I've been reading this forum for a while now. Until I seen this "JUST10MINUTES" i never felt teh need to post.

This looks like something I could use..

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Richard

I just downloaded the trial version so I can check this one out! I am the Queen of Procrastination!! This is definitely something I could use!!

New to the forum posting but long time reader. Until I seen this app I never was inclined to register. This looks like something I'll rely on.

Richard

I always find that I end up kicking myself in the *Beep* towards or closer to deadline, as procrastination is my MIDDLE NAME. This would definitely help me out, A LOT!

ps. Great blog... loved the sense of humor!

What an excellent program especially for us that are managers and supervise over 15 folks that are always setting up meetings, or have tasks that are critical to complete in a timely manner. This would be a great program to enhance any Blackberry device. Keep up the "good work"

I am currently in the IT Industry with a lot of different projects that I work on. This would be great to help me manage my time better.

such an app for me. i actually procrastinate by looking up ways how not to procrastinate :D i need this!

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