v2.2

Category, color + theming, chrome extension, and more

13 April 2021

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

New Features

    Category

    NEW

    Category

    Group your sessions by category you want to track

    Color

    NEW

    Color

    Personalize Session with your favorite color

    Chrome extension

    NEW

    Chrome extension

    Start Session directly from Todoist, Trello, and Github on Chrome

Bug Fixes and Improvement

  • Automatically delete Session calendar when user logged out
  • Group calendar on Session settings by source
  • Fix calendar issue on Session settings where it can't be scrolled when you have many calendars
  • Added a button to hide all calendars
  • Fix bug where notes text area still focused even when Session has ended
  • Fix notification where total calculated time on overflow doesn't take time passed into account

v2.1

Slack blocker and URL scheme

5 March 2021

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.

New Features

    NEW

    Slack blocker

    Mute/unmute your Slack team whenever you started / ended your Session

    NEW

    URL Scheme

    Programatically navigate Session with just a link

    NEW

    Presence notification

    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

Bug Fixes and Improvement

  • Sync improvement
  • Fix bug where overnight calendar render incorrectly
  • Fix bug where long break never got triggered
  • Fix bug where overflow notification never got triggered

v2.0

Double pane mode, calendar integration, keyboard shortcuts, and much more!

21 February 2021

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!

New Features

    Double pane mode

    NEW

    Double pane mode

    Keep you stay present and updated on what you've been doing

    Calendar on Session

    NEW

    Calendar on Session

    See what's upcoming and Sessions you've done

    Sessions on Apple calendar

    NEW

    Sessions on Apple calendar

    Gives you a bird eye view on how you've been doing

    Task list suggestions

    NEW

    Task list suggestions

    Blazing fast way to work on tasks you've done before

    Global keyboard shortcuts (Mac)

    NEW

    Global keyboard shortcuts (Mac)

    Navigate the app without having the window on!

    NEW

    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!

Bug Fixes and Improvement

  • Menu and navigation selector
  • Onboarding scheme to keep user know how to best use Session
  • Adjust background noise volume
  • Projected start date and end date on main view
  • Long break now take task "streaks" into account. Previously it count all tasks on that day.
  • Minimap on calendar
  • Redesigned calendar view
  • Day selector on double pane mode
  • Show projected Session when user drag the timer
  • auto scroll to latest calendar events
  • Calendar / timeline toggler now is within day view
  • iOS - Option to keep screen turned on while using Session
  • iOS - Fix bug where account sometimes logged out after not using the app for a long time
  • iOS - Fix bug where background sound sometimes not firing properly

v1.10

Be present: Automation and white noise. Automate your workflow with iOS Shortcut and AppleScript!

1 February 2021

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

You can learn how to make the most out of Session here And about automation here here.

New Features

    Session academy

    NEW

    Session academy

    We wrote guides how to be more productive, automate your workflow, and how to make the most out of Session

    White noise

    NEW

    White noise

    Know exactly whether you're on focus or break

    Rest window always on top

    NEW

    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

    NEW

    Auto break mode

    Now you can `force` yourself to take a necessary break if you're working too long.

    AppleScript on Mac

    NEW

    AppleScript on Mac

    Automate your workflow with Mac

    NEW

    Apple shortcut on iOS

    Automate your workflow on iOS

Bug Fixes and Improvement

  • Better syncing performance
  • Better calendar design
  • Free user now can change mood + get daily report

v1.9

Start on Mac, end on iOS. Real time sync between all devices!

10 January 2021

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 :)

New Features

    NEW

    Real time sync between devices

    Start on Mac, end on iOS. Vice versa

    NEW

    Push notification on iOS

    Session on Mac will notify iOS when session, break, or pauses has ended

    NEW

    Pause handling

    Session calculation now take account into pauses!

    NEW

    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!

Bug Fixes and Improvement

  • Huge performance improvement on initial sync when use has lots of data
  • Fix bug where iOS app sometimes didn't deliver session end notification
  • Ability to set total focused minute in reflection view
  • Distraction are now take into account on total Session
  • Ability to skip break and record session if timer has ended
  • Simplified Session flow and user experience

v1.8

Session scrubbing and huge core experience improvement

16 December 2020

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 :)

New Features

    Timer scrubbing

    NEW

    Timer scrubbing

    Clockwise for Session, counterclockwise for Rest.

    Start session without task

    NEW

    Start session without task

    Gives you flexibility to commit and think afterwards.

    Website blocker allow/deny list

    NEW

    Website blocker allow/deny list

    Feeling restrictive? Allowlist only allows website that you have chosen.

    Preference page redesign

    NEW

    Preference page redesign

    Personalize Session to fit your workflow

    Auto proceed on Reflection mode

    NEW

    Auto proceed on Reflection mode

    Automatically goes to break / idle if there's no activity for 30 minutes

    NEW

    Floating window

    Multi display user rejoice! Session app can be changed to "always be on top" to keep you on track of your progress.

Bug Fixes and Improvement

  • Snap timer scrubbing for minute interval you choose (every 5, 10, etc)
  • Website blocker show Session's new logo
  • Cancel Session on breathe view
  • Remove long press button on iOS
  • Fix timeline view where some midnight event are shown as "night"
  • Show total duration on idle view
  • Add "start Session to menu bar"
  • Fix website blocker and restore behavior if user doesn't have Google Chrome installed
  • Minor update now shows data from stayinsession.com/changelog
  • On iOS: if user close app on Session reflect, Session automatically store the data

v1.7

Session core experience 🎉 (part 2 of 2)

3 December 2020

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 🤩

New Features

    Redesigned flow

    NEW

    Redesigned flow

    Session flow has been redesigned to deliver the same functionality with less clicking!

    New Icon

    NEW

    New Icon

    Session now has a unified icon for Mac and iOS!

    Session duration on menu bar

    NEW

    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

    NEW

    Toggle Session overflow reminder

    Now, you can turn off session, rest, and pause reminder right from settings.

    NEW

    Keyboard shortcut for submit!

    On iOS 14 + MacOS BigSur, CMD + ENTER will start Session and submit reflection.

Bug Fixes and Improvement

  • Improved performance and energy usage significantly
  • Improved real time sync realibility
  • Calendar view now auto scroll to the first Session if exists
  • Timeline view has a new header
  • Fix iPadOS layout issue on split screen
  • Fix iOS issue where reflection textarea sometimes blocked by keyboard
  • Fix iOS issue where notification timer sometimes keep persisting

v1.6

App blocker & Session core experience (part 1 of 2)

16 November 2020

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.

New Features

    App blocker

    NEW

    App blocker

    Block specific app while session is running

    Granular Session duration

    NEW

    Granular Session duration

    You can now choose any session duration and breaks that you like

    Hide icon

    NEW

    Hide icon

    Hide session icon from dock app

    NEW

    New Browser Support

    (Brave, Microsoft Edge, Chromium, Opera)

Bug Fixes and Improvement

  • Fix BigSur daily report crash
  • Fix BigSur layout issue
  • Fix BigSur issue where calendar and list item are not editable
  • BigSur huge performance improvement
  • Fix accessibility issue on high contrast mode
  • Change temporary password copywriting to one-time password

v1.5

Daily report and data export

9 October 2020

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!

New Features

    Daily report

    NEW

    Daily report

    Daily report shows you how you are doing yesterday

    Daily reminder

    NEW

    Daily reminder

    Get reminded to start a Session everyday. You can customize what day and what time to be reminded.

    Data export

    NEW

    Data export

    Export your data to CSV format to further process the data.

    Timeline grouping

    NEW

    Timeline grouping

    It's now easier than ever to scan your progress on timeline view with day-of-the-time grouping.

    NEW

    Contrast improvement on light mode

    Better contrast for light mode. It was too muted before.

Bug Fixes and Improvement

  • improved sync reability
  • Fix issue where app didn't respect "Show reflection on task end"

v1.4

Mood tracking system

28 August 2020

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.

New Features

    Mood system

    NEW

    Mood system

    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

    NEW

    Improved menu bar navigation

    Now you can pause, unpause, compelete, and abandon session directly from menubar.

    Enforcable theming

    NEW

    Enforcable theming

    Now you can use dark mode / light mode no matter how long it is.

    Volume adjustment

    NEW

    Volume adjustment

    We added volume adjustment. Useful for headphone users.

    Monthly productivity pulse

    NEW

    Monthly productivity pulse

    To visualize how your months went by, we added productivity pulse on each month row.

Bug Fixes and Improvement

  • improved sync reability
  • better sign-in and sign-out flow
  • easier to identify current free / pro plan and for how long
  • calendar / timeline preference is now remembered between restarts
  • fix stuck notification bug issue
  • add timer still running indicator on reflection view