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If you’re using the Pomodoro Technique (a method that uses a timer to help improve concentration and focus that Meryl wrote about recently) you might like to check out Tomatoi.st, a simple but nicely designed web app that can time your pomodoros and your breaks. Just […]

If you’re using the Pomodoro Technique (a method that uses a timer to help improve concentration and focus that Meryl wrote about recently) you might like to check out Tomatoi.st, a simple but nicely designed web app that can time your pomodoros and your breaks. Just hit the relevant button to start a pomodoro, a short break or a long break, and the counter will let you know how long you have to go. When the time is up, a “ding” sound is played to let you know it’s time to finish.

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Tomatoi.st is a free service. No login or account is required, but when you first visit the site, you are assigned a unique URL so that you can leave your timer and come back to it later. You can also rename this URL to something a bit more memorable, like “http://tomatoi.st/simon.”

While using a real kitchen timer is probably more fun (especially one of the tomato-shaped ones that are pictured on the cover of the Pomodoro Technique book), not everyone happens to have one lying around — Tomatoi.st is a good online alternative.

Are you using the Pomodoro Technique?

(via @briansuda)

By Simon Mackie

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  1. I’ve been using an air app called Focus Booster for the same job. Nice and clean – I really like it.

    http://www.focusboosterapp.com/

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    1. thanks Rob – Meryl mentioned Focus Booster in her post.

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  2. how about a clickable link?

    http://tomatoi.st/

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    1. thanks, Matthew — I thought I had added a link. Now fixed in the post.

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  3. Thanks for posting about this. I will have to see how it compares with http://www.mytomatoes.com, on online Pomodoro timer which mostly works very nicely for me when I am on my netbook.

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  4. [...] pomodoro timer – If you’re using the Pomodoro Technique (a method that uses a timer to help improve concentration and focus that Meryl wrote about recently) you might like to check out Tomatoi.st, a simple but nicely designed web app that can time your pomodoros and your breaks. [...]

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  5. I have created a small Pomodoro app called CherryTomato that sits discreetly in the system tray: http://www.beatpoints.com/cherrytomato

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  6. Another good pomodoro timer for windows

    http://sourceforge.net/projects/pomodorotimer/

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