Practising the Pomodoro Technique with Pomodairo

Dmitri Popov

Productivity Sauce

Mar 23, 2010 GMT
Dmitri Popov

Looking for a new way to improve your productivity? Try the Pomodoro technique. The idea behind this technique is ridiculously simple. You break down your workload into 25-minute chunks, called pomodoros (pomodoro is Italian for tomato). During each 25-minute working session, you focus on a single task. Once the time is up, you take a break and move to another pomodoro.

To time pomodoros you can use either a kitchen timer or a more high-tech solution like Pomodairo. To use the latter on your system, you need to install the Adobe AIR runtime. Obviously, the key feature of Pomodairo is the timer, but the utility has a few nifty tricks up its sleeve, too. Pomodairo lets you maintain a list of tasks, which can come in handy when you plan your daily workload. When working on a task, you also have the ability to note interruptions, and you can add unplanned tasks on the fly. Finally, the Statistics section of Pomodairo provides an overview of all your task information, making it easier for you to analyze the recorded data.

Comments

  • Pomodoro runtime

    Miss the Spaghetti - so you have at least a nice meal if your boss tosses you out because yoyu finish on a problem after 25 mins,
  • GPL v3?

    why don't you make a free flash player also? -_-
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