I am using the Pomodoro method to stay focused on my most important tasks. It’s how I keep working, even while the cat is peeing in the kitchen table. The pomodoro method is easy to explain; I’m working in 25 minute increments, with only one thing on my mind. I’m taking short breaks between each pomodoro – but it’s not as easy to accomplish.
When I first started using the pomodoro method, I just used a regular timer. It was working rather well, but I was missing something. I like to have an overview and a plan for what I’m working on.
Now, after testing many different apps and tools, I’ve ended up using a pomodoro app for Mac. The name of the app is Tomatoes.
Let me explain why I am using it, and how I am using it.
The design is beautiful. It looks amazing. It’s easy to set up all the different pomodoros, and it’s drag and drop to activate them.
I have full control over each day and how I’ll be working. Every completed pomodoro is archived. This way, at the end of the week, I can evaluate the week and how productive I’ve been. I’m also tracking all interruptions, to see what I can do to have more focus when I’m working.
I enjoy looking at statistics, and with the Tomatoes pomodoro app for Mac, I have detailed statistics for every single day. Like I said, I evaluate every week and look at what I’ve been doing and I’m trying to find even better ways to be more productive (and have more fun working).