Flow State

Flow state is also known as "being in the zone," which is being able to focus intensly on specific tasks for an extended amount of time.

In short, it means to be really focused and really productive.

How it works - Pre-defined commitment

Pre-defined commitment

Pre-defined commitment is saying that you will do something before you do it.

In Hours, we keep students accountable through social pressure. Simply getting on an Hours session with someone else induces self-accountability to follow through and make the most of the study session.

How it works - Pre-defined commitment
How it works - Accountability


Holding yourself accountable is one of the most underrated and effective methods of productivity.

Having someone there to passively monitor your progress on the tasks you list out is a great way to stay accountable for the tasks you'll complete. Hours helps boost productivity exponentially, in a way that's not distracting at all.

Study groups are a perfect example of good accountability, and we simulate it online on Hours.

How it works - Task definition

Task definition

Task definition is as simple as defining the tasks that you need to accomplish. It gives a clear sense of direction for exactly what you need to get done.

Some good examples of task definitions would be:

  • Finish writing conclusion for English 11A essay
  • Study flashcards for upcoming history test
  • Rewrite statistics notes

Since on Hours, we display all your tasks publicly for all participants for accountability reasons, it's important for others to help keep you accountable for specific tasks, instead of generic tasks.

How it works - Task definition
How it works - Credits


The entire idea of Hours is based off of this Wordpress article defining the less-known productivity technique "Hours".

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