The “Pomodoro Technique” is a simple, yet effective time management method. The basic idea is to block off a timespan, say 25 minutes, and work without interruptions for that period. Afterwards, take a five minute break. Repeat.
These sessions can be many things at once: a time management strategy, a productivity tool, and a source of satisfaction. For instance, the 25-minute timer gives you "permission" to stop checking your email, Facebook, or Twitter: you have a deadline, so you can't waste time. The breaks then give you permission to rest your eyes, hands, and brain: (yeah, you're actually allowed to take a break!)
In short, the principle is deceptively simple, but it's powerful.
Manage your time from the chat
Run your pomodoro sessions using a chatbot on your favorite chat or collaboration platform.
Type @DailyBot pomodoro to start a new session.
- Anyone can start a new "pomodoro" session by running pomodoro or pomodoro # in a private message with DailyBot.
- DailyBot will send you alerts at the end of your session(s) reminding you to take a break, or to tell you that the pomodoro was completed.
Try [pomodoro #] to start one session of # minutes.
Try [pomodoro 3 30/10] to start 3 consecutive pomodoros of 30 min each, with 10 min breaks. Change the numbers to switch it up at will. Just remember:
(3) or the first number is your number of pomodoro cycles / sessions.
(30) or the 2nd number is always how long (in minutes) it should last each cycle / session.
(10) or the last number is always how long (in minutes) should breaks last between cycles / sessions.
* There's no number to control the number of breaks.
- This command works in both private and public settings, so technically you could set a public pomodoro if you needeed to. (Good for pair programming and other group tasks)