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App of the Week - Flowstate

If you follow the Geek Chicago blog, you know we’re writing on tech, apps, and digital marketing all the time. And our talented team loves to write - but sometimes, even for skilled wordsmiths, it can be tough to find that little bit of inspiration it takes to actually get typing.

We’re not alone, right? All of you writers out there know that sometimes, creativity can be hard to grasp. Fortunately, the Flowstate app can help writers truly write, by allowing us all to get over any form of writer’s block we might experience.

How does it do it? According to the app's description:

Flowstate is a response to the amphetaminic digital age. It frees the writer to turn on, tune in, and open up.”

Basically, Flowstate is all about forcing you to write without inhibitions, second thoughts, or judgment - because the moment you stop writing, you start to lose any progress you may have made.

In this way, the app is significantly different than your typical note-taking or word processing app. But for the right kind of writer, it can be even more helpful and effective.

Here’s how it works. Once you’ve downloaded the app to your Mac, iPad, or iPhone, you’ll be able to choose a font for your text and a timetable for you to enter the promised “flowstate” (users can select windows of 5, 15, or 30 minutes).

If you choose to exit the “flow” early, the text you’ve created fades away. If you stop for longer than five seconds, your work begins to get erased. While this may seem extreme, when you’re tasked with finishing an important piece of writing, distractions from the digital world can quickly take over your writing process. Flowstate’s solution is truly effective, and may just help give you the incentive it takes to keep writing in the moment.

Ready to see if typing with Flowstate will be the right fit for you? Apple users can try out the program for for $9.99

Curious what other productivity aids are out there? Looking for other apps and gadgets that are new to the market? Be sure to follow Geek Chicago on Facebook or Twitter to hear all about the about latest and greatest in tech and digital marketing - from our “flowing” team of writers, to yours!

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Jason Finn

Founder & Chief Geek

Jason has nearly 20 years of consulting experience, predominantly in the technology space. Most recently he was the COO and Director of Technology for Rich Casto & Company, a national training and consulting organization in the real estate industry.
As a consultant for IBM, PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP, and Envision Consulting Group (now IMS Health), Jason has served clients of all sizes, including Big Pharma, Fortune 500, and Global 1000 companies:

  • Allstate Insurance Company
  • AOL (America Online)
  • Astellas Pharmaceuticals
  • Eli Lilly and Company
  • Ford Motor Credit
  • Wockhardt USA (formerly Morton Grove Pharmaceuticals)
  • Norwich Union
  • PNC Bank
  • Reynolds and Reynolds

Sarunas Budrikas

Creative Director

Sarunas is a web design and development expert with hundreds of successful projects in his portfolio. He is passionate about delivering extraordinary user experiences for every client and consistently goes above and beyond everyone’s expectations. As an SEO expert and strategist, he can optimize your website, or app, to get the most out of it, day in and day out. Sarunas holds a degree in Electrical Engineering from Kaunas Technology University, in Lithuania. Sarunas now lives in Chicago, and calls it home.

Alexandra Olsavsky

Client Experience Specialist

Alex specializes in content generation and social media promotion for Geek | Chicago clients, helping to solidify their presence in the online community. This includes blog writing, graphic design, co-ordination and design of weekly newsletters, and active engagement on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, and LinkedIn. Outside of Geek, Alex is a classically-trained soprano who professionally performs around the city of Chicago (most recently with the Chicago Baroque Band, and with the Rolling Stones for their "50 and Counting" tour).