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Previously I posted an article to ask for review of my pomodoro app. I'm making a new design as an alternative to taskbar timer.

As pomodoro technique users, which one do you prefer as a timer on taskbar?

Option 1: A single overlay icon with no digital seconds, less distraction.

new style of pomodoro timer

Option 2: digital timer with both minutes and seconds, more distraction.

old style of pomodoro timer

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Please note that we are a question & answer site, not meant for surveys. Having only a few people say Option 1 and some people say Option 2 means exactly nothing. Consider the less-is-more and KISS principles, as seconds are meaningless and distracting and against the purpose of Pomodoro. People want something they can turn on and forget about it until it warns them, ticking seconds are meaningless / distracting / information-overflow... –  Tom Wijsman Jan 29 '12 at 13:25
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See also: Good subjective, bad subjective. and Q&A is hard? Let's go shopping! (Requesting advice > choice) –  Tom Wijsman Jan 29 '12 at 13:29

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I vote for Option 2: digital timer with both minutes and seconds.

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Why exactly do you want option 2? Above 1 minute the seconds are irrelevant; under 1 minute knowing there's only 30 seconds ain't going to make you finish better, but rather make you perform less productive towards the end as you know it'll soon be over... –  Tom Wijsman Jan 29 '12 at 13:26
    
I like the second one better also. –  Vlad Nicula Feb 12 '12 at 8:55

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