Achieve a Better Work-Life Balance in the New Year with GrooveOtter

Those looking for greater productivity, happiness and creativity in 2016 can turn to GrooveOtter, a free cloud-based platform based around the highly effective Pomodoro Technique.

Jan 06, 2016, 08:20 ET from GrooveOtter

NEW YORK, Jan. 6, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Launched just in time for people looking to strengthen their work habits in 2016, GrooveOtter reboots the way that we work and, in the process, establishes a healthier work/life balance.

The Problem

Between intrusive technologies and distracting office spaces, individuals are finding it increasingly difficult to dedicate time to effectively get work done.

The distractions of digital life, when combined with the often chaotic and cluttered modern workplace, represent a major hurdle against productivity. While many experts have noticed this trend, there have been few steps to address it.

The Philosophy

GrooveOtter guides users to work in focused blocks of time and prompts a short break after each period. Taking frequent small breaks throughout the day is proven to help you rest and refocus. This teaches users to work with time instead of constantly against it. 

GrooveOtter's focus on data and design is poised to transform the workplace, as few productivity apps have emphasized the user experience. The result is a significant improvement in productivity and, more importantly, quality of life.

How it Works     

GrooveOtter offers greater visibility into how users work by allowing them to see what distracts them and track how long tasks take to complete.

The process is simple:

  1. Enter what you want to accomplish
  2. Estimate how much time it will take
  3. Start the task and work undistracted
  4. Check it off your list
  5. Take a short break

The Backstory

GrooveOtter, like many startups, was born out of a simple need. Co-founder Garreth Dottin was working as a developer in the San Francisco startup scene and experienced the hectic and distracting nature of open offices. Although his company was supposed to be on the cutting edge of innovation and productivity, he was surprised to find that the environment seemed to have the opposite effect.

As a first step, Garreth created an app based off the Pomodoro technique. But he realized it still wasn't enough to cope with the distractions of the modern workplace. He shared his insights with a few friends who worked in a digital agency in DC and found they were experiencing similar problems. "There needed to be a platform that helped organized our thoughts and clear out the clutter," explained Dottin.

Many first time users begin using the platform 3-7 days per week. Co-founder Ryan Parker added, "Users are instantly becoming hooked! The platform is keeping people focused and on task while at the same time helping them avoid burnout and fatigue."

About GrooveOtter

Created by a team familiar with the distractions of the digital and cluttered modern open office, GrooveOtter* utilizes timing and analytic tools to reduce distractions and enhance focus. Sign up today at

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