For those that don’t know what the Pomodoro technique is, it’s a well-known time management method that helps you boost your productivity. Even though it was created in the 1980s by Francesco Cirillo, it’s still widely used today. It only recently started to be developed and popularized by apps on all devices.
Named after a tomato kitchen timer, the Pomodoro technique is pretty simple and straight forward:
First, pick a task. It doesn’t have to be too specific and can simply be writing a report or doing assignments.
Next, set a timer for 25 minutes. Throughout those 25 minutes, only focus on the task at hand and minimize distractions as much as you can. Additionally, try to resist the urge to constantly check the timer. It’ll go off when it goes off, just do your work, and trust the process.
Take a 5-minute break for each 25-minute session. It’s best to move to a different location when taking a break. Stretch, use the toilet, grab a snack or drink, but be ready to grind again after 5-minutes are up.
After 4 Pomodoros, a longer break is well deserved. Each 25-minute work-only session is considered one Pomodoro. After 4 sessions, rest for about 15-30 minutes, and then do it all over again if you still have things to get done.
Instead of setting and resetting timers, you can just download a Pomodoro app. There are hundreds to choose from, but here are 3 suggestions:
1. Focus To-Do (Shenzhen Tomato Software Technology Co., Ltd)
This free app is available on both Android and Apple devices and has a minimalistic tomato timer aesthetic. Users can name their tasks and schedule them for certain days. Focus To-Do also has a cute forest feature where a virtual forest grows the more you log in and do Pomodoros. Your data is drawn into reports for you to view as time goes on, and there’s even a ranking system for its users to fuel all those competitive workers.
2. Minimalist Pomodoro Timer (Goodtime)
Unlike Focus-to-Do, Goodtime’s app has a darker interface. The timer itself starts and stops with a tap of your fingertips and can be changed to add or take away minutes by swiping up or down. This app also comes with a statistics report and several notification methods. Users are also given the freedom to customize the time profile of the Pomodoro to best suit their style. Sadly, this app is only available on Android devices.
3. Forest: Stay focused (SEEKRTECH CO., LTD.)
Forest: Stay focused is a very popular option. This is due to its virtual forest that gives workers a greater sense of accomplishment. The forest grows and withers depending on how often you use the app to get tasks done. There are also achievements to unlock and friends to compare and share progress with. The best thing about this app is the fact that users can actually contribute to a real forest. Even though this app is available in both the Apple Store and the Play Store, it’s only free to download on Android devices. It costs around $2.00 in the Apple store and some features require the paid pro version to be unlocked.