Productivity timer is based on a simple productivity technique called Pomodoro which was conceived by productivity expert Francesco Cirillo.

The Technique

It structures productive time in short intervals of work and breaks to maximise focus and productivity.

One session also called one “Pomodoro” consists of three 25 minute intervals of uninterrupted work followed by breaks.
The intermediate breaks last 5 minutes and the last break of the session, which occurs after three work intervals are completed, is longer and lasts 30 minutes.

Cirillo suggests that the timer is visible and if possible audible during the session in order to have a clear picture of the time remaining in each interval.

Read more about the Pomodoro Technique and find useful links for productivity.

The Timer

Productivity timer’s default settings are designed to follow Cirillo’s suggestions.

The default settings are:

  • 25 minutes for work intervals
  • 5 minutes for short breaks
  • 30 minutes for the long break at the end of the session.
  • The number of work intervals of each session is set to 3.

All off the above settings can be changed to meet the individual needs of each user.

A ticking sound is played each second by default during work intervals but it can be turned on or off according to user preference.

An additional sound can notify the user for shorter periods of time (e.g. every 5 minutes) during an interval to further enhance the perception of passing time and help focus.

Productivity timer also provides a simpler timer for fast timekeeping that can be used as simple time tracker or a countdown timer.

Read more about timer settings and functionality in the Help page.