Pomodoro is a technique for productivity enhancement, which is meant to help you focus on completing tasks within a set time frame. Assuming “time is money”, what better way to utilize this asset than to use the Pomodoro technique. We have previously covered a number of Pomodoro related applications, such as Tomighty and CherryTomato. Though, this time, we have a slightly more advanced Pomodoro application for you, known as PomodoroApp. With the help of this application, you can set a timer to help you complete a task within a set period of time. It has been designed to help you organize your tasks and to improve personal productivity using the Pomodoro Technique. The tool provides options for task management, GTD (getting things done) planning, tracking Pomodoro, track interruptions, daily, weekly, monthly and yearly stats and task integration.
Interestingly, the first task in the application is about getting started with the PomodoroApp. The task is striked out when you add your first task to the list. You can add various tasks, and make tasks available (e.g. 2 today) according to the current day. To start calculating a task, select it from the task list and add it to the to do list.
This will add the task to the list and make the Pomodoro icon red. You can mark the task as complete anytime by checking it from your to do list. To add additional Pomodoros for the task (e.g., for repetitive tasks), double click the red Pomodoro icon and select a number.
You can view a report of your daily, weekly, monthly and yearly task progress via the Report section. This section contains four separate sub-tabs, which deliver extensive reports for Pomodoros, including information about estimated, completed, discarded and interrupted tasks. Each task is labeled with a completion date, subject and the estimated, completed, interrupted and discarded Pomodoros in the following row.
Unfortunately, we did not find any reminders from this application during the testing process, and it appears that the tasks are recorded when you manually uncheck them. It will be quite beneficial if a pop-up message can be provided to end users to show the remaining time for the completion of a task. This, of course, will also require the integration of a timer. It is worth mentioning here that PomodoroApp has both a paid and free version. The free versions allows you to input only 100 tasks or activities, and you can bypass this limitation by upgrading to the premium version. PomodoroApp works on Windows XP, Windows Vista and Windows 7.