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I use Tomighty, because: it is not a heavy AIR-base application, it has a nice UI, it reminds me the simplicity of Pomodoro app on Mac OS X, open source and written in Java, it places itself in the tray. If you need just a timer without any fireworks (task lists and other distractions), go for Tomighty.


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I would do 'anything that moves you away from the screen', and particularly 'anything that involves face-to-face interaction with another human being'. I go for things like: Writing (with pen) thank you cards making tea for officemate checking postroom for mail 'walk down corridor jobs' so that's things like checking that the boss is in, popping by ...


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Based on the Wikipedia article you quoted: Flow is the mental state of operation in which a person in an activity is fully immersed in a feeling of energized focus, full involvement, and success in the process of the activity. The pauses are supposed to keep you energized, so that you don't burn out from your work. These are useful to take a drink, ...


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I use Pomodorium - because it's pomodoro timer with rpg-like game and you get 'golds' for poms. Pomodorium is Air application and requires Adobe Air to run. Runs ok on computers with 1G RAM and more. I like this timer because it has a game inside and for every completed pomodoros you get 'gold' and there is game character - you buy him/her ...


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In my recent poking around several different systems, I've noticed a couple different recurring themes: Reduce input to actionable tasks: Whether it's collecting and processing items in GTD to "close open loops" or moving all emails out of the Inbox in Inbox Zero, the concept is to not deal with multiple To Do lists and projects and sources of information ...


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I don't think the Pomodoro Technique is for everyone. It works really great for people who are trying to deal with constant external distractions or who are prone to procrastination (internal distractions). If you have no trouble getting into a flow state and staying focused on your work, then you might not need to use Pomodoro at all.


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Pomodairo A very user-friendly application designed for Pomodoro users. Technical Features: Freeware AIR application Mini version. Statistics (beta) Pomodoro Features Always on top [on/off] Ticking sounds [on/off] Task list. Intervals. Once the timer reaches zero it starts counting the break time. Estimated Pomodoros. It will be displayed right ...


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As software developer I had similar problem. But I solved this for me by just skipping couple breaks and moving forward until break I'd like to take. For me interruption is small disadvantage of pomodoro technique, comparable to big advantage - getting into the flow with couple pomodoros.


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If you are a real hacker you can haz one on the command line: #!/usr/bin/env ruby STDOUT.sync = true seconds = ARGV[0].to_i * 60 seconds.times do print "." sleep 1 end system "tput bel"


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Definitely not! Everyone takes breaks; they just don't formalize them and account for them. The fact that your productivity went up means you are serving your company's interests. Arguments for your boss: If I didn't tell you I was doing the Pomodoro technique, would you have known I took the breaks? My productivity is higher now, do you want me to go ...


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From Pomodoro Technique v1.3 The 15-30 minute break is the ideal opportunity to tidy up your desk, take a trip to the coffee machine, listen to voice mail, check incoming emails, or simply rest and do breathing exercises or take a quick walk. The important thing is not to do anything complex, otherwise your mind won’t be able to reorganize and ...


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I use the Pomodoro technique when coding and found that the 25 minutes was a bit short, so I doubled the times. I have a 50min working time and 10min break, I've found that gives me long enough to get in the flow, get some work done and then take a break. I know it's not the approved / text book approach... but my view is that it is only a technique and as ...


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I use pomodoro.app for OS X (note: the website is broken, but you can get the source from github if you are comfortable building it yourself). I like it's clean interface and growl integration.


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First of all; GTD, Pomodoro and planning are 3 different things! GTD is basically a method to keep track of all your activities so you don't forget anything. From a GTD perspective all you need to do right now is to add the first step of your project to your to-do list (for example, go to the bookstore to buy a book on Unit3d). If you finish that activity, ...


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Four options: Actually 'over learn' your current task. For example, for e-mails you have the following options: See how you can get to clear your e-mail in 1 Pomodoro, doing it in 25 rather than 40 minutes. See how to more efficiently organize the information you receive through e-mail, like saving your attachments in the right place and extracting ...


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Don't overthink this. If you forgot to take a kettle off the stove, you should go and take the kettle off the stove. No productivity technique is worth letting your house burn down. The purpose of pomodoro is to keep you from being distracted by mundane things like phone calls and emails, and not to make you ignore dangerous situations like a fire or an ...


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I see most of the answers talk about identifying doable tasks, single-tasking and prioritizing. I think another quite important aspect is review. I think most of the systems (certainly GTD , Pomodoro, Agile in IT) talk about Review. Review is what allows you to learn and course-correct how you are doing things. I think Pomodoro and agile reviews are ...


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What if you do mainly GTD and Pomodoro-lite". Use GTD for your workflow and keep the list of tasks there. What happens next depends on if you have big related tasks or lots of little tasks. For a big task, set the timer and work on it without interruption. For little tasks, hack away at the GTD list but don't accept new entries or distractions within a ...


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The Pomodoro technique and other productivity tools are to improve your productivity/efficiency. They are not to motivate you. You must have inner motivation to work. You must be fully convinced that education is your mission today. It is your top priority. It is your life. One way to motivate yourself is to think of the alternative. Imagine your life in ...


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Pomodoros are an anti-procrastination technique more than anything else. It is for starting, not for stopping, work on a project. When the buzzer goes it means that you can give yourself permission to stop if you want to! After all, if you are really into it, why stop? If you know you are only going to spend five minutes on a particular task, I would ...


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I use http://tomatoi.st/. It's a web site, dead simple. You can run the timer, register breaks, and it makes a ding at the end. ;-) It also records your previous runs so you can get a history. It doesn't do any task tracking, but you asked for a timer.


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I use Pomodroido on my phone for whenever I am doing the technique. Advantages: Use on the phone makes it platform-independent. Timer is separate from whatever you're doing and cannot get in the way. Keeps track of how many you have done today or this week. Very simple start / stop interface. Wakes screen up when timer is complete. Can leave a note ...


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Use a shorter long-break. Are you sure you need 30 minutes? If you're feeling that's too much time you can reduce it to the minimmum suggested of 15'. Look for activities in your to-do list While you were working on your last pomodoros, what did you feel it was important doing and forgot to schedule? You're supposed to take notes on these activities ...


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I have always been of the opinion that the majority of these systems are not concrete, and you are able to adapt them to your needs. The Pomodoro technique in my opinion is designed to help you focus, with the concept that short bursts help you concentrate on your tasks. This is done by allowing you to break tasks into smaller components and less time, ...


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Other answers are really good, I just want to point out one truly important thing: When you are too focused on a task you are following your path and you usually overlook other possibilities. When you break you have time to Rest your body from the (usually) sitting position Rest your eyes (truly important) Break from the work and flow you were in When ...


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It's ok to follow only a few rules of Pomodoro so long as you are doing everything you're supposed to do. The technique is a tool not an end, which means it doesn't matter if you didn't use the tool to it's full potential as long as it's already meeting your needs. Just keep in mind you can always refer to the book when your productivity stagnates and you ...


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I find compile and deploy time a great opportunity to add comments into my code. They don't need to be there when I build so that down time is a perfect time to add them.


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Sometimes its not about 'doing' something. Not doing anything also has some value. Pomodoro break is an excellent time just to close your eyes and observe/meditate; or as zen says just be. This definitely helps in constructive mental integration as Francesco Cirillo puts it. Pranayama is another interesting option to try out. Listening to music is another ...


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The timer I use on Windows is Pomodoro Timer at http://sourceforge.net/projects/pomodorotimer/. It requires .NET 2.0, which is available on most recent versions of Windows.


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There is Pizza Timer on Windows. Have you ever put a frozen Pizza into the oven, and then left for the TV or computer. 20 minutes later, you are totally caught by the movie, a video game, or by some interesting website. You forget about your dish just for a minute too long, and what's left is a dark brown piece of waste. This small tool is very ...



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