3 Beautiful iPhone Apps to Monitor Your Time Wisely

Posted March 10, 2013 by Melissa Foster in On the Ladder
I am a huge proponent of setting timers to keep a flow and amp personal productivity. The alarm/clock/timer feature that comes on your phone may be handy, but there are some other beautiful options out there! Here are three phone apps (plus a bonus mention) that are worth checking out:

1) Timer (Free!)

Timer is the ultimate one-tap timer. The makers of this app believe that setting a timer shouldn’t be a chore. Tap to start, tap to stop, tap and hold to edit. That’s it. That’s Timer.

You can have multiple timers going at once in this app. Simple and straightforward, use Timer as a quick way to keep you on track.











2) Elapsed – (Free!)

Elapsed is a simple multi-timer. While it’s the least esthetically pleasing of the options I’m presenting you today, it functions really well. It allows unlimited presets which can be sorted/searched for quick reuse. It’s straightforward and I have only just begun using this one, but I like what I’m seeing with it!

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3) Best Timer ($.99)

best-timerBest Timer is a nice simple timer and stopwatch that brings traditional timer styles into the digital world. This app is a great way to measure and visualize time. There is a beautifully designed sand timer, kitchen timer, countdown and stopwatch to monitor time and keep you on track with whatever the heck you’re up to!

You can choose from 16 unique alarm sounds, melodies and loops. You’ll be notified when your time is up even if you’re using another app or your device is locked. It can also repeat the sound alarm (up to 3 times) at the given interval if it was missed/snoozed.





And – super fun – you can easily change the timer color to fit your preference and style. There are 5 color themes: turquoise, red, green, yellow and pink. Just pick the one you like in the application settings.



[BONUS MENTION] Best Sand Timer (Free!)

If you don’t want to pay for the four types of timers available in Best Timer, you can opt for a simplified, free version called Best Sand Timer. This simple app gives you just the sand timer. It’s a nice looking visual indicator of how much time is left on your task, and will probably do the trick for much of what you have going on.

Note: There are ads on this free app. Kind of annoying if you use it often.











If you feel drawn to one of the above apps – give it a shot! They’re all awesome. I use all of them at certain times, based on what I’m up to and, frankly, what mood I’m in. 🙂


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Melissa Foster

A productivity consultant for startups founders and entrepreneurs, Melissa Foster is on a mission to help her clients and readers create flow in their lives... and get big things done. A certified life coach, Melissa's hyper-focused, energetic approach is coupled with wisdom, warmth, and wit. You can get more from Melissa by visiting her website.