Can it help you get more done?
Vitamin-R is not going to help you plan better. It’s not a GTD app the way that Omnifocus is. You’re not going to be building project lists and adding contexts to help you figure out when and where you can get work done. It’s not going to make you work harder. Simply put, if you’re not willing to do the work, no software is going to make you do it. Vitamin-R’s app description states that it will help you actually get things done, but I think that’s a false statement.
What can it help you do?
So what can it actually do for you? Vitamin-R can nudge you in the direction of getting work done. It can hide apps for you (although you could easily switch back into them), it will run a timer, and let you know when your allotted time is running out.
That’s all fine and dandy, but I think the real value in Vitamin-R is in its logging ability. Every time you start a task, you enter in the objective you want to accomplish and then the time you want to work on it. When you complete it, you can log it as a success or whether the objective was completed. You can also rate your level of focus. For example, “I wasn’t focused”, “I was highly focused” or the stupidly named “I experienced ‘flow’”. After your objectives are logged, you can then check your statistics and see what time of the day you had the best and worst levels of focus. I suppose that if you were on a regular working schedule, you could use those charts to see when you should be doing intense work and when you should do work that requires less intense focus. Inversely, you could also see where you need to make an effort to work harder at certain times of the day, or just certain days of the week. You might notice that you work harder on Tuesdays instead of Fridays.
Is it necessary?
Do you need Vitamin-R? No.
Could you find it useful? Sure.
If you like the idea of logging your productivity and like the idea of an assistant that keeps track of work time for you, Vitamin-R is a worthwhile investment.