A week ago I opened my email to the usual long list of blogs, articles and distractions and thought why do I do this each and every morning? I really should go straight to the WIP and get started. I can be distracted for hours combing through the words of others rather than writing my own. A morning can drift by and before I raise my head for a cup of tea, I’ve done absolutely nothing.
In a world of apps I knew there had to be something that could cure me of distractionitis – I’m patenting that word by the way – so I browsed the app store, through the thousands of productivity apps they offered, looking for something simple that didn’t have a lot of settings or options and something that would track my progress. I’ve always been a star chart kind of girl.
After trying a few, I came across the Pomodore. The theory is that we work better if we divide our tasks into manageable chunks of time – 30 minutes being the optimum. 25 of those minutes is used for focused work and the last 5 for a rest before we switch to a new task or keep going. The plan is to get away from the computer and move around for 5 minutes. After 4 pomodore’s, a longer break of 30 minutes is recommended.
The App I downloaded is called Pomodore One by Vojto Rinik. It’s absolutely free and very simple.
For that 25 minutes, I write and for 5 minutes I make a cup of tea, use the loo and walk around a bit. I can decide to do another 25 minutes or not. Of course a physical timer would work just as well ( though the ticking would drive me nuts.) A stop watch, a phone timer or your microwave are going to work.
When the 25 minutes is up, it dings ( so you need your volume up) and it begins at 5 minutes, giving you another ding when that rest period is up.
I like the app because it sits at the top of the screen doing it’s thing and I need only lift my eyes up every now and then. It’s amazing how quickly the 25 minutes goes by and when I take my 5 minute break my mind is jumping with ideas ready for my next pomodoro.
I can easily see how much work I’ve done during the week and yes, I can see where all my time has gone. So rather than thinking about working, I’ve been writing in 25 minute chunks and it’s paying off.
I love the simplicity of this app. This is going to be too regimented for some, but for those of us who love our star charts and progress bars it’s fun.
Have you an app that is helping you work? Please share it.