Pomodoro is a time management technique that was developed by Francesco Cirillo in the late 1980s. It is basically a working method used to increase efficiency by breaking down the work periods into 25 minutes intervals with 5 minutes breaks. The idea behind the technique is that frequent breaks, instead of working straight for in long stretches, can improve mental agility. Previously we have covered some very good Pomodoro applications, such as Flowkeeper, a light-weight, unobtrusive Pomodoro application that allows you to keep track of pomodoros as well as tasks, PomodoroApp, a tool that lets you set a timer to help you complete a task within specified time, CherryTomato, an open source Pomodoro based productivity tool that automatically informs your Windows Live Messenger and Skype contacts when you are using the Pomodoro technique, and browser extensions, including Strict Pomodoro, a Chrome extension that adds a timer to your browser, as well as effectively blocking distracting and time wasting websites. Today, we have a web-based Pomodoro service for you called orkanizer that allows you to add and break down tasks to be completed in 25 minute intervals and shows a timer at the top to monitor how much time has passed.
You are first required to register an account with the service before you can start using it. Select Register from the home page and enter all the required details to create an account.
Once you have an account, you can log in by entering your username and password. When logged in, you can control your activities from anywhere. Move your mouse to the top and select Workspace from the menu. The Workspace tab allows you to add tasks to the list, as well as Start the Pomodoro. You can view the timer in an external window and enable/disable the sound of a clock ticking directly from the timer.
The Statistic menu lets you lets you view the Productivity Histogram for the last 30 days, as well as annual statistics for each day of every month, enabling you to monitor your efficiency. Scroll down to view the General Statistics, including Ongoing Activities, Completed Activities, Stored Activities, Cancelled Activities, Completed Pomodors, Total Interruptions etc.
Orkanizer is a very well designed and easy to use web service for managing Pomodors if you don’t want to clutter up your system by installing application for it, and if your work requires you to perform tasks on multiple computers.