We’re simply not motivated, or we focus on doing the wrong things, or we’re not managing time as well as we need. So, what every Mac user needs is a little pomodoro. In this case, it’s called Pomodoro Timer, and used properly it can make a big difference in how much you get done each day.
The so-called Pomodoro Technique™ lies at the heart of Pomodoro Timer. Basically, this simple time management technique uses a timer to break down work into manageable lengths, each separated by a short break (which are said to improve mental agility).
Pomodoro (tomato in Italian) Timer is little more than a cute Mac timer which counts down the recommended 25-minutes to an alarm ring, then lets you take a break, then a longer break after every four ‘pomodori.’
There’s more to this little timer with the cute logo than meets the eye. First, you can setup multiple pomodoros for the day. Choose alarms from six sounds (or none at all). Customize the pomodoro length (not every task fits into the standard 25-minutes).
Second, even the breaks can be shortened or lengthened. Personally, I find the breaks to be an incentive to move quickly through tasks. The timer ticking sound can be turned off, but also serves as an incentive to action.
And, of course, you can choose to have more or fewer pomodoros between the longer breaks, and each timer can be stopped, paused, and restarted.
Try it. It works. Pomodoro Timer is made for using the technique but any decent timer with an alarm will get the job done.