Online Pomodoro Timer with an Automatic Tracker [100% FREE]
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Are you struggling with your productivity in these troubled and uncertain times?
You start your day with the thought that you will achieve a lot today. But, soon get distracted with phone calls, emails, social media, and texts.
You feel stressed out most of the day and can’t spend enough time with your friends and family, doing the things you actually love?
If you can relate to these, we have got you covered.
We all have faced these problems at some point or the other in our lives and have blamed our brains for this. The reality couldn’t be farther from this. Our brain, which initially evolved in the jungles of Africa, was never designed to study/work for the long continuous hours that modern society demands from us. In fact, back then, having today’s coveted “laser-like focus” would have made us an easy target for a predator.
You’ll be wondering what could be the best solution? Give up on work or studies? No, in fact, a very effective solution to this problem has already been found by a guy named Francesco Cirillo. He created the Pomodoro technique, a simple but very effective time-management tool used by millions of people across the globe, to improve their productivity. This technique can be easily implemented using our online Pomodoro timer with an automatic tracker!
Online Pomodoro timer is the easiest productivity tool to implement
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Online Pomodoro timer is used by millions of people around the world
Origin Story of the Pomodoro Timer or Tracker
Pomodoro technique suggests you break down your workload into small, manageable chunks, ideally in a session of 25 minutes each. Each such session is called a Pomodoro, which in Italian means tomato.
You must be wondering, why is Pomodoro timer named after a fruit/vegetable? It's actually a funny story. Curious to read?
The story starts when the inventor of the Pomodoro technique, Francesco Cirillo, was a student at a business school in Rome. Just like most of the students, he used to get easily distracted and was unable to focus on one particular task. So, he gave himself the challenge to study without interruption for 10 minutes. With practice and constant improvement, he was able to stretch 10 minutes to 25 minutes. He used a tomato-shaped kitchen timer to keep track and that's the origin story of the Pomodoro timer.
The core principle behind the Pomodoro technique is to encourage you to focus for a short period of time on one particular task and then take a break afterward. Our experience suggests that linking four Pomodoro sessions together and then taking a longer break produces the best results.
For more details on the Pomodoro timer or tracker, please refer to the Wikipedia entry.
How to use the Online Pomodoro Timer?
The Pomodoro timer is a time management tool that intends to maximize the user’s focus and creativity. It enables them to complete their tasks quicker and with less mental exhaustion. The process is fairly straightforward, follow these simple steps:
Step 1: Select the task(s) that you wish to accomplish
Ideally, you should select only one task per Pomodoro session. However, you may select more than one as well as long as they are clearly defined. If you are working on a large project, divide your work into small and manageable chunks capable of being finished in one Pomodoro.
The idea is to make it easier for your brain to detect when it is getting distracted. For instance, if you are working on a project, then don’t check your email or Slack during that time, even though these can be technically considered as work. This kind of multi-tasking, as explained by us in another blog post, available here, is one of the major killers of productivity.
Step 2: Set our online Pomodoro timer, ideally for 25 minutes
In our experience, a Pomodoro session for 25 minutes is ideal for most people. But there is no size that fits all. If you are just starting out, 15 minutes or 20 minutes Pomodoro session might be a little better for you.
Most of the long term users in our virtual library prefer 50 minutes' Pomodoro sessions because, after that, they can take a 10 minutes break, instead of a 5 minutes break after a 25 minutes session. They find a slightly longer break much more rewarding. Don’t worry about setting the duration of breaks manually every time. With our online Pomodoro timer, with an automatic tracker, you can set your custom session and break duration once and it will remember that.
Whatever the duration, make a pledge that you will only work on the listed tasks and won’t let yourself get distracted during the Pomodoro session. After all, it’s just a short period of time.
Step 3: Keep distractions at bay, no matter what
While in Pomodoro, don’t let anyone or anything distract you. If your mind wanders, and most probably it will, just bring it back without any judgment. If you suddenly remember something important, just make a note on a piece of paper or Post-it and get to that later.
If someone calls you or approaches you in your school or office, Cirillo recommends the Inform, Negotiate and Call Back strategy:
Please note: A Pomodoro session is considered as an indivisible object. There is no such thing as half Pomodoro. If your Pomodoro is interrupted, then it should be considered void, as if it had never existed. Then you should make a fresh start by resetting the Pomodoro timer.
Step 4: Take a short break
When the Pomodoro bell rings, give yourself a pat on the back. You’ve spent an entire, interruption-less Pomodoro session on a predefined task. Then start the timer for a short break. StudyGang’s online Pomodoro timer will automatically record how many Pomodoro sessions you have completed, so you don’t have to do it manually.
In the break, do whatever is your heart's desire. Watch YouTube, open Instagram, or get back to the person who contacted you in the middle of your Pomodoro session.
Want to take an even more fulfilling break? Breathe, meditate, grab a cup of coffee, go for a short walk, or do something else that relaxes you. Your brain will thank you later. Never engage in activities that call for heavy mental effort during breaks.
Step 5: After every 4 Pomodoro sessions, take a longer break
Once you’ve completed four Pomodoro sessions, you can take a longer break. It can be somewhere between 20 to 30 minutes. Your brain will use this time to assimilate new information and rest before the next round of Pomodoro sessions.
Please remember, one of the biggest mistakes users make while using our online Pomodoro timer is treating short breaks and long breaks as optional. Our experience with thousands of users shows that when you don’t take breaks at the pre-decided intervals, you also subconsciously indulge in moral licensing later and allow your mind to get distracted during the Pomodoro sessions. Don’t say later that we didn’t warn you.