What’s the secret to boosting your productivity? A Mac, of course, but the right apps combined with a bit of discipline can really do a number on your workload. One tried and true method of time management is the Pomodoro Technique which uses a simple timer to break down work into intervals of time.
I’ve written about such apps in the past, including the Pomodoro Timer which works on Mac, iPhone, and iPad.
For Mac users on a budget there’s the inexpensive Pommie for Mac, a pomodoro-like timer app (there’s also a version for iPhone, iPad, and Apple Watch). The way Pommie works is simple, so there’s little excuse not to try it and stick with it. Time is divided into work and break periods; 25-minutes of work, five minutes of break. After three work periods, there’s a longer 15 minute break.
Click Pommie in the Mac’s Menubar and select Start.
That’s it. But Pommie is smart enough to be functionally friendly in a multi-device work environment, so it uses macOS and iOS’s ‘handoff’ feature– a timed period can be handed off from Mac to the iPhone version of Pommie.
Pommie’s preferences let you set configurable work and break durations, too, which helps to match the discipline of the pomodoro method with your work flow. I find that 15 minute work periods work best for me, followed by 5 minutes of break, then 15 minute break after four work periods.
Regardless, the key here is discipline. The Pommie timer sets the stage, but you still have to use it to get more done, but extra productivity and efficiency with regular breaks also means less stress, and improved health.
The iPhone version also has a Pommie Watch app so you get notifications without having to fish around for your iPhone. Both apps are a few dollars each, but you gain much more in productivity. Just remember to use it for what it does.