Better work – life balance is something that everyone requires and looks forward to, in today’s hectic life. Do you think that one can simply get over this by just complaining and doing nothing? There are things that will never change, so what can you do? Change yourself.

So how do you change yourself and make your day-to-day activities more productive? The answer is Pomodoro Technique.

What is Pomodoro Technique?

Pomodoro Technique is a time management technique created by Francesco Cirillo. Time Management technique is very broad definition, so let us just drill it a little deeper.

Pomodoro Logo

Pick a task that you want to perform, start a timer, start working on that task and once you hit 25 minutes, take a 5 minute break, you have now completed a session. Now again start continuing your task at hand. After completing 4 sessions take a long break.

This is just a start; if you want to become a Certified Pomodoro Master (CPM) then I suggest that you first watch the wonderful video on their official website homepage.

Applications for Pomodoro Technique

There are some free applications available on the web that you could try,

Focus Booster

  • Focus Booster is a digital timer that could help you in mastering the Pomodoro Technique.
  • Focus Booster is available for both Mac and Windows.
  • Download the zip file (2.5 MB) and extract the contents.
  • Run the focusbooster1.3.2 application file which will launch the installer.

Focus Booster Pomodoro App

  • Focus Booster requires Adobe AIR, which would also be installed.
  • You can tune some of the settings like session length, break length, sound settings, etc.
  • It is a very simple application that does its job.

Pomodairo

  • Pomodairo is an adobe AIR application that can help you practice Pomodoro.
  • Go to this Google Project Page and download the pomodairo-1.9.air application.

Pomodairo Application

  • Pomodairo provides statistics like the number of Pomodoros (sessions) you have completed, interruptions, count per day, etc.
  • You can also configure the sounds, timing (long interval) etc.

Tomato Timer

Tomato Timer is an online website that helps you try Pomodoro Technique. Unlike other applications that we saw previously, this doesn’t depend on adobe AIR and you don’t have to install anything.

Tomato Timer Online App

If you are wondering, why the name tomato – Pomodoro in Italian means Tomato :-)

So what time management techniques do you follow? Ever heard of Pomodoro? Using a better application than what I have listed here, feel free to share it.