TimeTrack and Pomodoro

Super productive people strive to make the most out of every single minute. However, concentrating all day is not always possible. Numerous tips on how to stay productive aren’t always helpful. Still there are ways to trick the brain with special techniques that help in training concentration. Pomodoro is one of them. We’ve already told you about its technique here. Now it’s time to learn how to use it on TimeTrack app.

A Quick Setup

To start using the Pomodoro technique go to Settings / Pomodoro. Enable it and select Pomodoro Work and Break types (at least 1 for each). That’s the minimum to start.

Pomodoro in Action

Now, when you are done, go to the Activities tab and select one of the types that belong to Pomodoro. After doing it the following alert appears.
Press on “Start Pomodoro” and you’ll see Pomodoro timer screen.
When Pomodoro is done (in 25 minutes by default), the app notifies you that it’s time to have a break. To start it press on the Break button.
After a short break (5 minutes by default) you’ll hear an alert. Press on “Resume” to continue the previous Pomodoro activity or “Start new” if you want to start a new Activity with Pomodoro. Note that there’s a Strict Mode that doesn’t allow you to take a break before Pomodoro is done. You can enable it in Settings.
After 4 Pomodoro cycles (set by default) start a long break (20 minutes by default). Configure the number of breaks and their duration according to your preferences in Settings.

The Reset Button stops the current Pomodoro and starts a new timer from scratch. Use it if you were suddenly interrupted (e.g. by a colleague or phone call).

To quit Pomodoro mode press the Quit Button.

Note that quitting Pomodoro mode doesn’t stop current Pomodoro or Break activity. Stop it by yourself if needed.

Adjust any of the Pomodoro parameters to your preference in Settings: enable/disable Pomodoro, short and long break duration, number of cycles before a long break, select preferable notification and tick sounds.

Statistics

Figures speak louder than words. To see how efficiently you are using Pomodoro, go to the Pomodoro screen on the More tab.
Select the period (a day, week or month) to display Completed, Uncompleted and Total number of Pomodoros within the selected time. Check also

  • Average completed a day - the average number of completed Pomodoros within the selected period when Pomodoro was used at least once;
  • Average completed duration indicating the average duration of the completed Pomodoros;
  • Average break duration.

Daily chart stats display a green number for the completed Pomodoros and a grey number for uncompleted Pomodoros.
The plain green line is your daily Pomodoros goal. Green bars reaching the line indicate how close you are toward reaching your daily Pomodoro goals.

The secret to retaining the highest level of productivity over the span of a work day is not working longer, but working smarter with frequent breaks. Use Pomodoro in TimeTrack app and stay efficient!