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I have been using focus booster app for pomodoro method. But I think i should invest in a physical timer, that I can set next to me while I work. I do have an IPod touch (with pomodoro apps) and could just get a kitchen egg timer, but I thought something dedicated and digital would be worth the investment.


  • Set 2 countdown times ( 25 minutes & 5 )
  • Alarm sound

Ideal Requirements:

  • Ticking sound
  • Big digital display
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I suspect the "ticking sound" would make this more stressful. – Paul Beckingham Aug 1 '11 at 15:42
The "ticking sound" is part of the by-the-book Pomodoro method, although I too find it too stressful to use. – J.T. Hurley Aug 1 '11 at 19:28
From personal experience, ticking can be helpful to focus, to help realize how the time is passing, and how much work is still to be done. But it really dependes on mood, a type of task, ... – Skarab Aug 2 '11 at 1:41
I've no philosophical quarrel with a ticking timer, but please do make sure to consider anyone else who has to work within earshot of it. – Belisama May 31 '12 at 19:27
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I purchased a timer at Bed Bath & Beyond that has three separate timers and an overall timer/clock. It's cheap ($15) and does the job. Each timer has a large digital display where I use the top with 4 Hours, the middle with 25 minutes and the bottom with 5 minutes.

Here's the link:

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Nice, is it easy to use? – Adam Aug 2 '11 at 18:30
Quick and easy. It sits in front of my keyboard and below my two monitors. – Guy S Aug 2 '11 at 18:48
I bought one, it works well. Three timers is great, and they remember what they are counting down from. Takes a while to get used to the buttons, but once you do it works quite well. Also, good or Bad, it is surprisingly loud. – Adam Oct 11 '11 at 16:18
If it's too loud you can tape over the 'speaker hole'. – blizpasta May 1 '12 at 14:00

I think just the typical kitchen timer is the best investment you can get (for a physical device). Anything "fancier" would be too distracting.

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This retro style kitchen timer looks nice and it's only 10$.

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I know this question is old, but maybe I can help someone who finds this through google like I did.

If anyone wants this they can get in touch with me and I can get a 30% discount and get it shipped to you.

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Providing a link without any info is considered a low quality answer here. Please edit your answer to include actual information. Your offer is remarkable too: are you in any way associated with the product? Please provide full disclosure. – Jan Doggen Jan 8 at 9:14

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