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App review: Pomodoro Timer cracks the whip

Pomodoro Timer is an app for recovering procrastinators, much like the person who left a comment on the app’s page that they’d download it tomorrow.

It’s one of many that takes the Pomodoro time management technique, based on the very analogue kitchen timer that looks like a tomato, into the digital realm.

The technique breaks your work day into intervals of work and short or long breaks, designed to improve productivity.

Using Pomodoro Timer’s iPhone app, you set the task to be achieved, followed by the length of the breaks and the intervals between them. Then it’s up to you to stick to what you’ve programmed.

If you need more pressure to stay focused, you can opt to hear ticking as the seconds pass, and an alarm at the end of each work interval. You can also set a target for the tasks or Pomodoros you tick off. Once you do that, you’ll get a message of congratulation.

In red, grey and white, the interface is clean and minimal. The app is useful if you need help organising your work day, but with the ability to pause and stop the timer and choose how many tasks to do, it’s like any tool, it’s only as good as the effort you put in. 

Amanda Sachtleben is an Auckland writer and social media type, who's also Idealog's former tech editor and business journalist.

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