Proactime Pro is a productivity software suite combining the functions of a personal information manager with time-planning and scheduling tools based on the developer's training and managerial expertise. It's designed to help the user focus on one task at a time at maximum efficiency and distinguish between productive and unproductive or time-wasting activities. In design and function, it offers a refreshing take on an essential class of software.
Proactime Pro's "dashboard" sports a wide toolbar topped by tabbed keys, a file menu, search tools, a calendar display, and an intriguing feature, real-time tracking of workload and productivity hours. The main display is divided into a series of expandable, spreadsheet-like windows for projects, notes, files, and such; a daily schedule; and an activities list. Tabs labeled "Free Your Mind" and "Prepare Your Actions" help users prioritize as well as evaluate their activities, including for criteria such as community impact and self-actualization, based on managerial techniques. An Instructional Guide tab, extensive Help file, and considerable documentation help users understand and make the most out of this interesting productivity tool. One of the many unusual aspects of Proactime Pro is its capability to plan your schedule around your "identified cycles of energy," which sounds a bit airy but simply means those times in your daily schedule when you're the most and least productive, such as mornings or after lunch.
Proactime Pro definitely stands out from the crowd among PIMs and scheduling tools, and it combines a top-flight PIM with unique features that can make a difference, and we think it's worth a look.
Editor's note: This is a review of the full version of Proactime Pro 1.16.9. The trial version is limited to 15 days trial only.
Proactime Pro, altogether GTD, NKM and PIM tool, is a personal task and resource management software and working method which enable brainworkers to improve their productivity and to avoid negative stress and burnout in a multitasking environment. The permanent interruptions and solicitations limit the attention span, decrease personal productivity and increase the risk of deadlines not met. It is therefore vital to adopt a smarter approach to work.
The application distinguishes the production phases characterized by a state of maximum attention (state of flow) and the more relaxed phases of preparation. Another distinction is made between recurring tasks, called reactive, which represent the daily workload and proactive actions which are integrated in professional and personal projects. Only proactive actions have to be planned either manually or automatically. The to-do list is only used to enter new tasks which are immediately filed in the time space of PROACTIME. It is empty at the end of each day. Sessions and projects are planned on the basis of the workload and the available productive hours.
In the proactive approach the management of resources is essential. Proactime Pro helps to master and exploit the daily tsunami of new data and knowledge which invade the work space by mails, RSS feeds, the web and social media. The data are filtered and filed according to the pending projects. Keywords, knowledge trees and search functions enable their direct access.
All those data converge in a personal knowledge base oriented toward innovative projects with a promising future. Daily the Dashboard presents the planned tasks and the implied resources. It enables to organize the day's schedule and to manage the workload in an optimized manner in order to achieve the required productivity without negative stress.
In summary, Proactime Pro is the productivity tool and working method which helps brainworkers to develop personal autonomy and employability.
What's new in this version:
Version 9.2.5 includes improvements to resource handling and online help.
The only application I know which adds to the GTD approach the management of the needed resources to be able to really accomplish what has been planned at due date. As a sophisticated organization tool it enables users to reach a high level of productivity, to avoid negative stress and to promote creativity.
To make the best use of PROACTIME one has to invest some time to get the most of it. Butit is worth it.
PROACTIME supports the linear and lateral approaches of time management. It helps to accomplish quickly the daily (reactive) tasks in order to invest the remaining time in those proactive and creative tasks which explore and prepare one's future and make the right things happen.
None Proactime uninstalls well BUT it has a rogue program addition that is impossible to uninstall.
Proactime Pro is too complicated. GUI is very poor. The installation includes a rogue program written entirely in French.
The Proactime Pro program also downloads some weird software program called "WDOptimizer" without your permission. WDOptimizer is impossible to use and uninstall, and the program and help files are all in French!
WDOptimzer is not a rogue program but an application used to reindex the user files. It is not installed by default and can simply be deleted.
We shall not include it anymore in the installation package to avoid this kind of remarks.
The online help is in French and in English. According to the selected language the appropriate online help is accessed.
PROACTIME is dedicated to creative, proactive user, hence quite different from the approaoch chosen by similar applications.You have to get familiar with that approach in order to get the most of PROACTIME.
The new version 6.1.2 with an enriched proactive design and withouth the WDOptimizer will be available April 3, 2012.