An Hourglass for the 21st Century

In this digital age, it can be easy to get immersed in the infinite expanse of applications, websites, and hyperlinks. Amidst the thousand and one apps out there to help boost our productivity and focus, even a little bit of tangibility can make a world of difference. Timeular provides exactly that.

At its core, Timeular is very simple. The standout feature is the eight-sided dice-like peripheral that you flip around to track your time. Think of it like a modern hourglass that uses bluetooth technology to sink up to your computer or phone and keep track of how you spend your time.

Each side of the octahedron can be assigned to a different task. When doing that task, flip the device so that the corresponding side is facing up, and it will track that task in the app. To change tasks, just flip the device to a different side. The tactile and physical nature of the peripheral is really awesome. There is something about interacting with an actual object that is so much more satisfying than clicking a button in an app.

Speaking of the app, it’s also very simple and easy to use. It’s available on PC, Mac, iOS, and Android, although the desktop versions are a lot better than the mobile ones. That being said, the design is minimalistic, showing you what you need to see and nothing more. You can see and edit all eight of your tasks from the sidebar. The main screen is a calendar view that shows all of your tracked time.

The app also has really great analytics. You can easily see not only the breakdown of your time usage from a given period but also how it changed compared to previous periods. There’s a lot more than this, and it’s all exportable making analytics one of the standout features of the app.

One potential downside comes from the geometric limitations of the octahedron. It only has eight sides, which means you can only track eight tasks at a time. There’s a tag system in the app that lets you create subtasks, but it’s clunky compared to the beautiful simplicity of flipping the tracker.

But the biggest downside is the cost. To buy the tracker on its own costs $89. Then there’s a premium subscription on top of that, if you want access to software integration and all but the most basic analytics. It’s $7/month, although you can also pay $129 for a year or $249 for a lifetime subscription.

This is an issue when there are other free and excellent time trackers out there. Another issue is that while Timeular is technically compatible with programs like Toggl, Google Calendar, etc., the integration is pretty rough around the edges. It isn’t nearly as precise and well-synced up as it should be.

At the end of the day though, Timeular is a simple, fun, and effective way of tracking your time. If you’re fine with the cost, the octahedral peripheral truly makes a big difference. Simple as it is, the Timeular tracker is still suggestive of the ways in which digital and analog technologies can be integrated.

Timeular is available for purchase here


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