The Pomodairo App

Posted on February 10, 2012

A couple of months ago, I posted a video about the famous Pomodoro Technique and how I use it once in a while to combat procrastination and help with my overall productivity. You can watch it here:

If you don’t know what the Pomodoro Technique is, here’s a quick tutorial:

  1. Set an alarm for 25 minutes
  2. Do work for 25 minutes, don’t answer emails / IMs etc
  3. At the end of the 25 minutes, set a 5 minute alarm
  4. Stop working for 5 minutes
  5. Repeat 1-4. On the fourth time, do a 20 minute break
That is one Pomodoro. Only do 5-7 Pomodoros a day and before you start your day, plan out your Pomodoros.

I’ve been on this technique on and off for the past two years. Then I found this amazing Adobe Air App:

The Pomodairo App

I’ve used this for one day so I’ll probably blog about it again. But so far here’s what I like about this app:

  • Allows you to estimate how many Pomodoros a task will take
  • Records the actual amount of Pomodoros you spent and even any interruptions
  • Limits your Pomodoros to 5-7 a day
  • Automatically starts your break after your 25 minute work sprint
My only problem with the Pomodoro Technique is I’ve just been getting interrupted a lot lately with emails and chats!