Few weeks ago, we emailed some users that have made over 500 Sessions in their life about what and how Session could be improved. We heard them loud and clear, and spent our focus in this update.
It's not everything, but we believe it's a huge improvement compared to previous version.
Calendar is revamped. Now you're able to resize calendar duration directly. You can also drag and drop the calendar event from any apps that support drag and drop to timeblock it on Session.
Report page gets a huge overhaul. You can now filter your Session based on category, focus, and whether it has notes or not. Custom date duration is planned to. One regression we made is we ended up removing the daily pulse view. Rest assured, we are going to introduce something similar so you can easily visualize your most productive time.
We also added a new feature to Session, which is to export your Session as CSV. You can now export your Session as CSV. It's useful for professional users that did it to track their working time. Export respect filter that you set too.
And new languages! We introduced Japanese, Korean, Polish, Ukranian, and Russian translation for Session :)
One of the most common request from the survey is Apple Watch introduction. But majority said that it's "nice to have" and "it would be cool to have one". Sadly, there's no plan to introduce it from us. As we (or I, Philip) am working alone—we have to prioritize things that have wide impact. And that's macOS users. iOS users are a minority and we barely made any revenue from that. Working on Apple watch, at this stage, is a distraction.
As of road map, no promise, but here's some sneak peek. We would love to introduce 2 things:
Looks simple, but we are preparing this redesign for something big. You can quickly change menus by pressing CMD+1, CMD+2, etc.
Calendar resize, drag and drop
You can now resize; drag and drop to timeblock your Session. This works on all of your favourite (todo) apps that support drag and drop.
Report page redesign
Focus down your report by filtering, or navigate them easily on Mac with left and right arrow key.
Export as CSV
For those who need to export their timeslice in professional settings.
On this update we focus mainly tweaking the Session timer experience from start to end based on feedback from users. Here are some of them
We hope this update will reduce frictions and make Session more enjoyable.
Whole app redesign
Almost look like a new app!
Huge performance improvement
We've fixed a lot of things on this update, including real time sync algorithm
User calendar color
No more seas of gray calendar color
Open up Session for more people :)
Last month we said that Session have one of it's biggest update yet. This one takes it's throne.
First, we revamped Calendar.
Second update is on Widget. We made a widget for iOS and macOS! This enables you to:
…directly from your notification center (on macOS) or homescreen (on iOS).
Third: Shortcut. We added various convenience like pause, start, stop Session. Or even ask Siri how much focus you had today (configurable) on Apple Shortcut for iOS. macOS Shortcut will be introduced on next minor update (2.4.1)! It has been worked on. Just need time for some testing :).
And last but not least. Language support. Session now support (and translated by our amazing user):
If you want to see Session in your language, please don't hesitate to contact us! Let's make Session available for everyone.
All in all, I really hope you enjoy this update as much as we do :)
Start Previous Session
Start your previous Session from context menu
Calendar name = Session category
If Session found matched calendar name with Session category, it will be colored accordingly
Add event from Session
Schedule your calendar event from Session. Context menu available too
Widget on macOS and iOS
Apple shortcut for iOS and macOS (on 2.4.1)
We just released our biggest update yet: detailed reports! With this update, now it's possible for you to see your productivity trends. What time are you more productive? Which time period most distracts you? How long you've worked this month? What's the relative focus time change compared to last period? These questions are now just few clicks away.
These information helps you to know whether you're overworked or underworked.
Other big release: Apple shortcuts now sends data like intention, total focus second, category, notes, etc into Shortcut Input. This feature enable you to forward your notes or productive time to another app for extra flexibility. You can see more details here.
Other than that, there's countless bug fixes done that makes Session more stable than ever.
We don't have public roadmap yet, but next we will introduce new exciting things on iOS land. Exciting!
See your weekly trends
See your monthly trends
Updated timeline view
More data point!
Apple shortcut input
Now you can forward your Session notes, session focus time, etc into another app via shortcut
Ever wondered how long you've focused on specific category like writing, coding, a client, or maybe studying math? Now you can do that in Session. Introducing: category. This feature, while simple, open a lot of possibilities.
As a freelancer, now you can track for how long you're working for each client. For student, you can track how long you're focusing on each subject. Notes and mood help to discover why you're distracted and how things could get better.
Category is cool, but that's not all. You can also assign color for each category to easily distinguish which category you spent on daily on Session log.
There's one downside. In this release, we haven't worked on visualizing analytics. It's still barebone. You can't discover trend, see where you get distracted (and why), on weekly, monthly, or yearly level. We wanted to deliver it in this update, but the category project itself is took much of our time. The good news is, we're going to focus on that on next update.
Last but not least, we made prototype for Chrome extension! What it does: show Session button on your favorite productivity web app. Clicking the button will automatically start Session and auto populate your intention. We have supported 3 major app: Todoist, Trello, and Github.
Try to install the Chrome extension, hover on Todoist task / Trello card. Session button will show. Click it to start your Session. Intentional focusing has never been easier.
All in all, we're very exited to see creative ways you're going to use Session. Enjoy!
Session button chrome extension can be downloaded from here
Group your sessions by category you want to track
Personalize Session with your favorite color
Start Session directly from Todoist, Trello, and Github on Chrome
2 new features and stability improvement. Session now can automatically mute Slack channel while you started working and on rest. The mute will expire after you have finished working (go to main page).
The other big feature is URL scheme. You can see the documentation here. URL scheme is a simple but powerful way to programatically navigate Session with just a link.
Mute/unmute your Slack team whenever you started / ended your Session
Programatically navigate Session with just a link
Session now can nudge you every few minutes (user configurable) whenever your Session is running. Now you can keep being reminded if you ever got distracted while Session is running
As you can probably tell, We are very excited. We have worked hard to make every inch of Session experience better.
First of all, Double pane mode. Now Session shows menu contextually, based on what you need at the moment. Planning what to work on and how long? Calendar view. Currently working? A notes view with some recent notes to keep you updated. Taking a rest? Another calendar view to see how your days went by in general.
Another big addition: calendar integration. Now you can see your meetings and calendar events right inside Session. You can also see your past Sessions on Apple calendar. Huge for monitoring own self.
Other than that, there's a lot of optimization and bug fixes here and there.
On next and following updates, we are going to focus on projects feature and better analytics. For now, stay productive and enjoy what Session offers!
Double pane mode
Keep you stay present and updated on what you've been doing
Calendar on Session
See what's upcoming and Sessions you've done
Sessions on Apple calendar
Gives you a bird eye view on how you've been doing
Task list suggestions
Blazing fast way to work on tasks you've done before
Global keyboard shortcuts (Mac)
Navigate the app without having the window on!
Session and rest went too long Automation trigger
Now you can run automation if rest / session (play music, change bulb color, etc) went too long!
Our main goal is always to find way how to keep us stay productive and in the zone. It's not an easy task. We spent a lot of time thinking on how Session can help you achieve this. That's why this version is a big deal for us.
First: we introduced White noise. It seems trivial: some user use their own music to stay focused. Why waste unnecessary resources to introduce built in white noise? Honestly, white noise is never on our radar. It's "useless". But we decided to open our mind and try working with white noise. Immediately, we found immediate benefit.
White noise gives you presence. It lets you know what "stage" you're currently in. By default, we used ticking clock to wired you in "focus" phase. On "break" phase, we used an ocean waves. These sound distinction will help you transition between focus and break mode—just like how "breathe" help you transition from "planning what to work on" to "focus.
If you used to work with music, try white noise for a few Session. Let us know what your thoughts about it.
Another feature we're going to introduce is Automation.
Imagine having Do Not Disturb turned on while working on Session, and have it turned off while you've stopped working. What about force close distracting application like Slack and other messaging system? Play music? Change bulb color? Now you can.
This feature also align with this update theme: presence. It helps you wired in and know what "stage" you're currently in.
On Mac, you can use AppleScript. On iOS, you can use Apple Shortcut. We'll cut it short here as we've made an tutorial for you to get the most out of Session
We wrote guides how to be more productive, automate your workflow, and how to make the most out of Session
Know exactly whether you're on focus or break
Rest window always on top
Now rest screen will be always on top to keep you stay rested. You can turn this off on setting if you don't like it.
Auto break mode
Now you can `force` yourself to take a necessary break if you're working too long.
AppleScript on Mac
Automate your workflow with Mac
Apple shortcut on iOS
Automate your workflow on iOS
Yes. You've read the title right. Now Session sync Session state between all devices! Now you can start on your Mac, end it, on a long break, and get notified when your break has ended from your phone. This is a game changer as you can stay focused, reminded to take necessary break, and get notified wherever you are.
We also introduced simplified Session experience in general. Take a peek below for more details :)
Real time sync between devices
Start on Mac, end on iOS. Vice versa
Push notification on iOS
Session on Mac will notify iOS when session, break, or pauses has ended
Session calculation now take account into pauses!
Manual force sync
Now you can force sync data between devices. Real time sync should handle this though. But it's nice to have the capability just in case!
This is a huge and exciting update. We have made every inch of Session's core experience to be better. To start: now users can move the timer hand clockwise for Session, and counterclockwise for Rest. This greatly improve Session experience. If you had a bad day and wanted to get quick win, start focusing just for a short time. Or go deep with longer interval.
Scrubbing is great, but it's just the beginning. We now let's you start Session without any task and make the task name editable on working mode. This gives you huge flexibility as you can start right away and include "what I should work on 🤔" as part ot the current Session.
One of the biggest complain in reflection view: many user find that they often forget to close it. Worry no more. If there's no activity on Reflection for 30 second, Session will auto continue it and record your Session.
Other than that, huge improvement on all part of the apps! Notable list: website allow list and deny list, floating window capability, preference page architecture redesign, and many more.
On next update, we are going to focus on something special: start on Mac, continue on iOS. Stay tuned :)
Clockwise for Session, counterclockwise for Rest.
Start session without task
Gives you flexibility to commit and think afterwards.
Website blocker allow/deny list
Feeling restrictive? Allowlist only allows website that you have chosen.
Preference page redesign
Personalize Session to fit your workflow
Auto proceed on Reflection mode
Automatically goes to break / idle if there's no activity for 30 minutes
Multi display user rejoice! Session app can be changed to "always be on top" to keep you on track of your progress.
This version enhances lots of things from Session core experience. Redesigned Session flow, Session duration on macOS menu bar, partial keyboard shortcut (others are coming!), auto short and long break, hide Session notification if time is overflowed, and some more!
Session has been made to run more efficient. This update has significant performance improvement. Sync has been made to be more reliable too.
On personal news, our commitment for part-time job has just ended, so we can focus 100% on Session in the coming months! We're excited to help you all stay focused and make session better for you 🤩
Session flow has been redesigned to deliver the same functionality with less clicking!
Session now has a unified icon for Mac and iOS!
Session duration on menu bar
Now it's easier than ever to show how many minutes left you have in your focus without opening the main app window.
Toggle Session overflow reminder
Now, you can turn off session, rest, and pause reminder right from settings.
Keyboard shortcut for submit!
On iOS 14 + MacOS BigSur, CMD + ENTER will start Session and submit reflection.
This version releases part 1 improvement for Session core experience. The update is split into two-part because of BigSur release. The new MacOS update didn't run Session correctly, so we focused to do quick bug fixes and crashes in this update.
Another notable part of this update: App Blocker. App Blocker augments Website blocker, and it's a great way to further block distractions like social media, messaging, and games app. This helps you be more mindful more focused on the task you have at hand.
Website blocker has new browsers support: Microsoft Edge, Brave, Chromium, and also Opera browser.
We also added granular Session duration control (most requested), and hide dock icon.
From visual part, accessibility is improved. Now Session renders correctly on high contrast mode.
Block specific app while session is running
Granular Session duration
You can now choose any session duration and breaks that you like
Hide session icon from dock app
New Browser Support
(Brave, Microsoft Edge, Chromium, Opera)
This version introduces data export and daily report—a long requested feature from users. With daily report, Session will show you a page with how you are doing yesterday. It's a good way to start your day, knowing what you progress what you have made the day before.
Other big changes is data export. Pro user now can export data in CSV format. Some user asked this feature to further process their data. Here it is!
We also have big news coming at the end of October. Stay tuned!
Daily report shows you how you are doing yesterday
Get reminded to start a Session everyday. You can customize what day and what time to be reminded.
Export your data to CSV format to further process the data.
It's now easier than ever to scan your progress on timeline view with day-of-the-time grouping.
Contrast improvement on light mode
Better contrast for light mode. It was too muted before.
This update's goal is to serve a future groundwork for next version—daily and weekly reporting. To make that possible, we introduce a new data point: mood. Mood could be selected on reflection after every session has ended.
Mood, while simple, adds an important data point. For example, you can look at your data, find patterns on days when you got distracted a lot, and compare it to your notes and see what triggers them.
Other than that, we also added improvements such as volume adjustment (important for headphone users), enforcable theming, and productivity pulse.
This update excites us! We can't wait to improve your Session experience and help you get more focused and reflective.
The new mood system in a simple but powerful way to analyze how much distraction, neutral, and focus session you have in a day / week.
Improved menu bar navigation
Now you can pause, unpause, compelete, and abandon session directly from menubar.
Now you can use dark mode / light mode no matter how long it is.
We added volume adjustment. Useful for headphone users.
Monthly productivity pulse
To visualize how your months went by, we added productivity pulse on each month row.