FlowSavvy: Time Block Planner - Interview with the developer of a fantastic app

Did you have any prior development or coding experience?

We had almost no coding experience prior to starting FlowSavvy. I had taken just one entry level web development class in college, and my brother had done a small amount of coding in his physics classes. Most of our coding skills came from working on FlowSavvy.

What was the most challenging aspect of developing mobile app?

- Getting people to use it at the start when it looked like an app from the 90s and was only available in a browser

- Creating a fast, reliable algorithm that schedules like a human would, and then making that sync with external calendar apps in an efficient way.

The interviewee, Jacob Barnes, is one of the Co-Founders of FlowSavvy.
FlowSavvy is an automatic time-blocking app, meaning you can just enter your tasks into your To-Do list, and FlowSavvy will plan time for everything in your calendar. It really is "time-blocking on easy mode".

Name a few of your favorite apps and reason you love them.

- Mealime: Makes groceries take a fraction of the time. Choose your meals, it creates your shopping list, and then it integrates with Walmart so you can either do delivery or free pickup.

- Opal: Blocks apps on my phone/computer, and if I want to unblock them, I have to set a time for how long they should be unblocked for. Much better than iPhone screentime restrictions.
This app helped break my phone addiction.

- Spotify: Gotta have music

How long have you been working on this app?

We started it as a side-project in Dec 2019, got more serious about it 6-12 months after that, and have now been working on it full time since mid-2023.

What need of the user did you have in mind when developing this app?

Time-blocking tasks into your calendar manually is a HUGE pain. People that understand the benefits of time-blocking and want to time-block their tasks in their calendar have no easy way to do so, so they inevitably give up on time-blocking after it becomes too tedious. FlowSavvy gives you instant and automatic time-blocking, so you can still get the benefits of time-blocking without taking an hour every week to plan everything out and hope nothing changes.

In what way do you think your app is better than similar apps on the market? Please describe in detail what innovation you think you bring and what you are proud of in your app.

What makes FlowSavvy different from similar apps is that it's just so simple and easy to use. Other automatic time-blockers are packed to the brim with customization options and features, which is great for some people. For a lot of people though, they just want something that's as easy to use as any regular calendar app and doesn't have a huge learning curve. No other automatic time-blocking app is as easy to use as FlowSavvy.

What are your future plans and expected features of the coming new versions of this app?

Our next release will add the ability to tag and filter tasks in the ToDo list so users can stay a little more organized instead of using one ToDo list. At the same time, we'll also be releasing a search feature so users can quickly find tasks and events.
Future projects will likely include more integrations with other calendar and task management apps and limited offline capabilities. Our plans for the future are to add features that will make the app more useful for people without making it more complicated to use.

Assuming new users of your app are reading this page. What do you want to ask them to do (contact you about X, Share the app, etc.)?

Let us know what you think, whether positive or negative! We love hearing peoples' thoughts on why FlowSavvy does or does not work for them, because that helps us know how we can improve the app for everyone. We'd love to hear from you!

FlowSavvy: Time Block Planner

About App:

FlowSavvy is an automatic time-blocking app, meaning you can just enter your tasks into your To-Do list, and FlowSavvy will plan time for everything in your calendar. It really is "time-blocking on easy mode".

FlowSavvy smartly plans the tasks from your to-do list into your calendar so you can see exactly what needs to get done and when.

Advanced auto-planning:
> Automatically divide tasks when they don’t fit in your calendar
> Automatically distribute your workload over multiple days
> Automatically update your calendar whenever you make a change (no more manually moving all your time blocks!)
> 1-click redo your entire calendar when you get behind
> Generate optimized time blocks from your to do list up to 8 weeks ahead
> Customizable auto-planning settings so FlowSavvy works how you work
> Customizable planning hours (Work hours, Personal hours, etc.)

Task/Event features:

> Set deadlines and durations and have FlowSavvy decide where to plan them or fix them to a specific time
> Recurring events and tasks (<-- flexible habits!!)
> Partial completes and progress tracking
> Complete tasks directly from the calendar
> Tasks color coded by how close they are planned to their deadlines (green, orange, red)
> All day events and busy/free events

Other features:

> Push notification reminders
> Sync with Google Calendar, iCloud, and Outlook
> Multiple calendar views and to-do list views
> Unlimited events, tasks, and calendars
> Quick capture tasks in the inbox, plan them later
> Dark mode and custom colors for events and tasks

This is weekly planning like you’ve never seen before.

Download FlowSavvy now and experience automatic time blocking!

Categories: Productivity

Date: October 2, 2023

Developer: FlowSavvy

About developer: The interviewee, Jacob Barnes, is one of the Co-Founders of FlowSavvy. Flow ... Read more

Website: https://flowsavvy.app/


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