What is Hours?

Hours is a social productivity app, helping people’s work time become more focused, productive, and fun!

Anyone can easily start a session, invite their friends, and get to work! Participants will then add their tasks, set a timer, and communicate with their friends.

Flow State

We've all heard of flow state. But, in case you haven't heard of it, flow state is also known as "being in the zone," and 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.

Hours is built to try and help participants achieve flow state, and here's how:

  1. Pre-defined commitment
  2. Accountability/social pressure
  3. Task definition

Pre-defined commitment

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

An example of this would be if you were to tell yourself that you'll go to the gym tomorrow. It automatically gives yourself accountability to follow through on what you said you would do, regardless if anyone knows or not.

In Hours, thought most of the accountability comes through social pressure. Simply getting on an Hours session with someone else induces self-accountability to follow through and make the most of the productivity session.

Accountability/social pressure

Holding yourself accountable is one of the most underrated and effective methods of productivity. Having the right amount of social pressure to finish your tasks boosts productivity exponentially. Hours is built around the idea of mixing accountability with social pressure.

How do we do this? Well, you invite friends, family, co-workers, and whoever else to your Hours session.

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, in a way that's not distracting at all. No need to hop on a video/audio call, but you can if you'd like.

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Task definition

Task definition is as simple as defining the tasks that you need to accomplish.

But, what needs to be kept in mind is the fact that the tasks you create must be specific.

Don't list tasks like "finish [task]" or "build [project]", because it's too generic to be held accountable for. It's important to make your tasks as specific as possible, and even split tasks up into multiple tasks if you need to.

Some good examples of task definitions would be:

  • Finish writing conclusion for English 11A essay
  • Design "about" page for personal website
  • Brainstorm new ideas for a LinkedIn headline

Especially 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, even though they may or may not know exactly what you're working on.

Benefits of flow state

One of the core goals of Hours is to help participants achieve flow state. But, what are the benefits of it anyways?

  • Increased efficiency and focus on tasks
  • Decrease in self-consciousness
  • Feeling of personal control and reassurance on specific tasks/situations
  • Increase in intrinsic rewards
  • Overall boost in productivity!

Credits

The entire idea of Hours is based off of this WordPress article defining the less-known productivity technique "Hours". Our goal is to externalize this technique to an interactable platform, and hopefully draw more attention to this surprisingly effective productivity technqiue.