I’ve followed the Pomodoro Technique for a few years now. I’ve tried several different tools to get it where I want, but in the last few months I’ve begun using AppleScript to automate things that I want done in my environment every time I start/finish a Pomodoro.
I use Things as well to keep track of my tasks. I think GTD and the Pomodoro Technique are a wonderful marriage where GTD gets to keep track of the What and the Pomodoro Technique motivates to to actually make progress. It’s all too easy to feel like you’re making progress by simply moving tasks around and “getting organized.”
So when I combined these two techniques, I used Pomodoro.app – which is no longer available on the App Store, but you can easily download it and compile it with XCode.
I have 4 scripts that I use for managing the link:
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This script finds a TODO with the appropriate name and creates it. Pomodoro.app tries to do this, but it doesn’t work when you add [X] to the title to indicate the number of pomos.
It also blocks facebook, netflix, twitter, and youtube so you can reduce your distractions automatically during your pomo.
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During an interruption, this marks a small
[‘] on your task. This lets you see which kinds of tasks get you interrupted the easiest when looking over your day.
When you reset your pomo, this unblocks all the websites that you originally blocked.
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After a successful pomodoro, this script finds the task you were working on in Things and adds a
[X] to the end of the title so you can see how many pomos you actually spent on it.
It also unblocks the blocked websites.
All this together makes for easy to prep, easy to review, and relatively distraction-free work.