Pomodoro technique is a time management method of interrupting work with a 5-minute rest every 25 minutes.

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Which computer-based Pomodoro timers exist and what are their features?

Question I'm looking for computer-based The Pomodoro Technique timers with rational that provide cross-platform compatibility. It should not be restricted to a single Windows edition. Currently, I'm ...
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What's a good pomodoro timer that's both physical and programable?

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 ...
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cross platform/synced pomodoro timer software [duplicate]

I would like to find a cross platform, variable pomodoro timer. The more control it gives the better, and It would be excellent if it had android widget and android wear support. Please advise if you ...
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How does the pomodoro technique deal with “high activation cost” tasks?

I have recently started using the Pomodoro technique for workflow management. I like it, it provides a consistent workflow. One thing I have noticed is that high "activation cost" activities seem ...
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Pomodoro timer that syncs between web and android

I'm trying to get into the pomodoro mood again, after having stopped for a while. Currently I'm using Tomighty, which I actually like a lot. However, as we've got a lot of meetings here, I'm away ...
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Why does the Pomodoro technique recommend writing down every interruption?

The Pomodoro technique suggests that internal and external interruptions of a task should be annotated (e.g. with a ' or -). What is the purpose of doing this? The only reason I can imagine is that ...
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Why is it recommended not to browse Internet during the pomodoro break?

Why is it said that we should take a walk instead of browsing Internet during pomodoro breaks? What if I watch a non mind engaging activity like watching cat video on YouTube during the break? How ...
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Keeping track of personal tasks.

At work I've been using the Pomodoro technique. I use just an MS Word document to keep track of my backlog for the day, and a three column table (time, to do, notes) to move these tasks into the ...
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Do digital wrist watches have productivity advantages over software based features?

My wife recently received a digital wrist watch (Casio Baby GShock) as a gift. She is a teacher and uses the watch for (other than quickly telling the time) timing her lessons, other presentations and ...
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Scientific studies on the default duration of a pomodoro?

I was wondering about the default duration of a pomodoro (25 minutes). In the PDF on the Pomodoro technique(1) it says: The length of a Pomodoro, 25 minutes, seems short enough to make it possible ...
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For what kind of activity is Pomodoro technique effective?

I've tried using Pomodoro Technique when I was studying, though I wouldn't dare use it when I'm programming. It is somewhat helpful when I have to watch videos of lectures and take notes. I thought I ...
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How to limit Pomodoro breaks

I have bad procrastination and Internet addiction issues. The Pomodoro method helps a lot -- at first it was a challenge to focus on work for 25 minutes, but now I'm very good at it. Once I start a ...
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Doesn't the Pomodoro Technique break the flow?

I just started using the Pomodoro Technique yesterday. In my first few trials I've noticed that since this technique requires you to stop working at defined intervals, it can easily break your state ...
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Do's and Don'ts in 5 min Break

I just started using the Pomodoro Technique but am faced with a problem: I seem to like the 30 mins break and they actually work as stress busters and I stay more focused longer. However, I am ...
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Pomodoro for studying programming books

Currently how I use Pomodoro is using 25 minutes of study, then 5 minutes rest. And I do this for studying programming books. Is that how I should be doing it or should I first break down sections of ...
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Mindfulness and Pomodoro technique question

The idea of being focused on what I'm doing right now from Pomodoro technique. And the idea of mindfulness from Buddhism looks very similar to me. 1.Can mindfulness training from Buddhism helps to ...
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Is there any multi-platform cloud based Pomodoro application?

Is there any cloud based Pomodoro client software which can synchronize with all types of devices like laptops, mobile phones, and desktops? A software like Dropbox but a personal productivity ...
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When the pomodoro is finished, what if I want to keep on working?

I'm not great at time-based work, so I'm giving Pomodoro a go. My problem is that, when I'm mid-sentence or mid-way through whatever I'm doing and the timer goes, I don't want to drop it right there, ...
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Pomodoro app that keeps a log?

I use Pomodoros with some success, but I would really like to be able to easily track how many and when I do them. Is there an app that keeps a log of start time and stop time (if it was stopped ...
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Time-variation in pomodoro technique?

I have just started using the pomodoro technique. However, often after a 30 min work interval (I have changed the 25 minute interval to 30), I often don't feel exhausted and think I could go on ...
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Pomodoro Technique with colleagues

I want to try the Pomodoro Technique at work but I'm worried it will be disturbing (an alarm going off every 25 min) Will it be disturbing for others? Can anyone suggest an improvement to make it ...
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Is there a physical pomodoro timer that can reset itself for each time period? [duplicate]

I started getting work done using a kitchen timer and set it to 20 minutes for work, then reset to 5 minutes for break, 20 minutes for work, etc. I find that I often get distracted during the break ...
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Drawbacks of the Pomodoro method [duplicate]

No one likes procrastination, or at least the idea of it. So I decided, for this summer, to let it go. To take premeditated walks instead of watching random youtube videos. To break my work time into ...
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How do you start working?

I am a student, so doing my homework has to be the most horrid part of my day. Although I know I can do it, and it really won't take that long, I hate it. Something in my mind makes me repel against ...
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How many Pomodoro sprints and what to include?

Here is a question — How many Pomodoro sprints do you do a day and what kind of activities do you include in a sprint? For example I have said that getting 10 sprints done in a day is a reasonable ...
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Is there a pomodoro timer with visual cues instead of an alarm?

Is there some kind of "pomodoro-like" timer available for people that are hearing impaired and have trouble hearing alarms? Please no app or software, this must be a physical device that can be placed ...
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In Pomodoro Technique - How to deal w/ really quick interruptions

Imagine I have started a pomodoro and in the middle of it I realize I forgot to take a kettle off the stove. It would only take me like 10 seconds - quicker than to take a note of the interruption - ...
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What do you do during slow builds when using the Pomodoro technique?

I'm a programmer using the Pomodoro technique and every time I build my project it can take up to a minute. This is something I may have to do several times in a single Pomodoro. I'm wondering what is ...
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Under the Pomodoro Technique, what should I do if I know something will interrupt a pomodoro?

I looked in The Pomodoro Technique book and didn't see this referenced, but what should you do if you know you can't finish a Pomodoro? Let's just say I'm using 25 minute work blocks and 5 minute rest ...
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What's your preferred time interval for a Pomodoro(by default 25 minutes)? [closed]

I recently released my app PomodoroApp to help me track my performance of applying Pomodoro Technique. The first feedback I got from the comments of this question is "Another one would be option to ...
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What next after pomodoro technique? [closed]

What other time organizing or self organizing techniques would you recommend after the Pomodoro Technique? Please suggest books, theories, and articles.
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Using pomodoro technique for studying

I normally use the pomodoro technique when working on my own projects. Now, I have an upcoming test. So I was wondering if I should use the pomodoro technique for studying as well. Is the technique ...
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Should you start a pomodoro for a meeting if part of your job is to dial into and participate in meetings?

just wondering how other Pomodoro users factor in meetings, if part of your job is to dial in and participate in telephone meetings? Do you start up and claim a pomodoro for these, or should these be ...
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Should creative tasks be performed outside of a pomodoro?

I'm trying the Pomodoro technique. Sometimes, I need to make some strategic decisions. I need to consider some options and choose the best. These are creative tasks and I don't know exactly, how long ...
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Long-wait tasks with Pomodoro Technique

What are some good strategies for coping with tasks that have high "wait times" when using the Pomodoro techinque? Right now I'm about 15 minutes into a pomodoro, but I'm waiting for a program to ...
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How to use pomodoro in a busy environment

I am a programmer working in an open-space environment. There are basically two types of people which make it difficult to use pomodoro: Those, who want something completely trivial every 10 minutes ...
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Should I use pomodoro breaks to work on personal tasks?

My system is I have a MS Word document for my backlog. I add both work tasks, and small personal tasks (eg send email to so and so, ring such and such organisation, buy xyz, post on stack exchange ...
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What is classed as a 'break' using the pomodoro technique?

I know there is a question regarding the longer break, but I want to know what should I be doing during the 5 minute break? Should I get away from the PC or just check email and facebook? I'm just ...
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How to deal with things that cannot be divided into several pomodoros while applying the pomodoro-technique?

I am a student and have found that there are several things which cannot be divides into pomodoros. There are two kinds of them: 1) Courses, meetings, etc., which are fixed scheduled by the school ...
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Using Pomodoro switching between two projects

Has anyone tried using Pomodoro technique to work on two unrelated projects? Like alternating 25 minute spells going back and forth between two projects. I currently have a possibility to try this ...
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Not enough progress studying with pomodoro technique

That 5 minute break seems incomplete What I do normally in that 5 minute break is write a question like this, check email... other online stuffs. I don't want to leave the seat and I don't. Also it ...
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Pomodoro: should I still take a break if I'm highly engaged?

Short breaks are definitely beneficial when I'm leaning on Pomodoro to keep me motivated for a task. But what if I'm highly engaged in the problem I'm attacking? Will pacing myself with 5 minute ...
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Task estimated to be 8 pomodori, what to do?

Scenario: I am reading a tutorial; it is separated in Chapters. I have "proved" over the course of 5 chapters that each one of them takes me 8 pomodori (there hasn't been an exception). Problem: ...
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Is there a tool that can track or record pomodoros based on tagging?

I'm looking for a tool that can track and record pomodoros visually and/or graphically, and ideally with the ability to tag pomodoros, like a "Writing" pomodoro completed, or a "Career", etc.
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Is it possible to plan a project without deadlines?

I want, for example, to develop a game in Unit3d as my "pet project". I have zero knowledgment of Unity, so I don't know if my game will take days, weeks, months or years to finish. I thought about ...
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How to deal with very short tasks with Pomodoro [duplicate]

Pomodoro encourages you to put interruptions into other tasks (more or less) but, sometimes, these new tasks can be very short - literally 5 minutes of work. Or 10. If I am using a 25-5 work-break ...
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How do you avoid being distracted by a pomodoro timer?

I have tried a physical version of the device (Clicking countdown clock, in the shape of an apple.) and I found that sometimes get distracted by the clicking sounds of the timer. For a digital ...
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Does it make sense to keep the Pomodoro watch on the top of all windows - all the time?

Does it make sense to keep the Pomodoro watch on the top of all windows (computer) - all the time? I mean is it helpful and sensible to "keep an eye" always (while working) on the Pomodoro watch ...
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Completing petty tasks using Pomodoro techniques

While working on first task to practice Pomodoro technique, I raised 9 internal interruptions. Later on I decided them to move in specific lists. There are many interruptions and tasks which are ...