Time and tide wait for no man. But instead of working against time, have you considered working with the full acceptance that you can’t control it?
In the late 1980s, Francesco Cirillo, then a university student, created a powerful time management tool he called the Pomodoro Technique. With the Pomodoro Technique, you are able to develop and strengthen your focus. It also works to keep you active and not always seated at work. You can learn more about Pomodoro Technique here.
Today, a lot of people have benefited from applying the Pomodoro Technique in their daily lives and many apps have been created to help maximize the use of this technique. Here are only a few of them that you should consider checking out.
1. Clockwork Tomato
This is a great app to try if you appreciate color-coding schemes for easy highlighting. Sometimes, a little more color is also just more fun. Clockwork Tomato provides you with weekly and daily overviews if you want to see your statistics and need to see areas for improvement.
2. Focus Booster
This app gives you 20 free sessions a month. If you find that you will need more than the free 20 sessions, you just have to pay a minimal monthly fee. It has a useful timesheet feature that you can use to keep track of your tasks. It’s one of the more popular Pomodoro apps out there so this one is definitely one that you should try yourself.
3. Focus Keeper
With the Pomodoro Technique, it is recommended that you take a 20-30 minute break after every 4 Pomodoro rounds. The Focus Keeper offers the feature of noting how many rounds you have taken in case you want to stick to the recommended schedule. It also allows you to keep track of your goals on the same timer screen.
4. Pomodoro Tracker
If you don’t feel like downloading anything to just keep things simple, the Pomodoro Tracker is for you. This is a web-based tool with a 25-minute countdown for any task and all you have to do is open it in a browser as you get yourself down to work.
Since this is an app with a Chrome extension, it has a really nifty feature that you might appreciate. When in use in your browser, you can opt to make it block certain websites that might distract you from work when you create a focus session.
Tide goes beyond giving you a timer to stick to a 25-minute routine. This app also provides you with relaxing themes and even music to accompany your tasks. If you don’t already have your own playlist to keep you in the mood for work, you might want to download this app.
This one is not exclusively a Pomodoro app but it does have a browser extension in case you want to apply this particular technique. Their timer lets you know when your Pomodoro round is up and you have to go on break.