Pomatez, a simple pomodoro application

Pomatez is a timer for the Pomodoro technique

As I said many times, I am a fan of productivity techniques and the one known as Pomodoro is the one that has given me the most results.. In Linux we have several applications to implement it and today we are going to discuss one of the simplest.

The idea that alternating periods of work and rest is more useful than performing a task for several consecutive hours dates back to the late 19th century. with Taylor's work on productivity at work. However, its application to the productivity of individuals had to wait a hundred years.

What is the Pomodoro technique

The idea behind the Pomodoro technique, developed in the 80s by an Italian student, It is to divide the tasks that we have to do into periods of time of 25 minutes, which are called "pomodoros." This name comes from the fact that its creator began measuring them with a tomato-shaped kitchen timer.

To help maintain concentration, the periods are separated by short but frequent breaks.

Benefits of the technique

  • Better use of work time: By maintaining concentration for short intervals, it is not lost as when trying to do it for longer periods.
  • Higher productivity: By concentrating longer, more work is done.
  • Less stress:  By having more concentration and being more productive, work progresses faster.
  • Improves discipline: The Pomodoro technique forces you to set goals and plan work schedules.

Implementation of the technique

  1. Make a list of tasks to do, Experts recommend doing it the night before.
  2. Start with the first task list.
  3. Start the timer.
  4. While the timer is running focus on the task avoiding any type of distraction.
  5. Take a break of 5 minutes not doing any other task, you can take advantage of it to get up, drink water or some other activity not related to work.
  6. Repeat the cycle for 3 pomodoros further. At the end of the quarter the break is 15 minutes.
  7. Repeat the cycle of 4 pomodoros.

Pomatez, a simple pomodoro application

Pomatez is a to-do list and Pomodoro timer app that It has a very pleasant user interface and the almost unavoidable dark mode. Its main characteristics are:

  • You can modify the duration of pomodoros and rest periods
  • You can create the task list in the application and mark the tasks completed.
  • Full screen break notice. Switches to the app screen automatically when the pomodoro ends.
  • Notification on the desktop. The traditional desktop notification is displayed when the task or break is completed.
  • Possibility to delete notifications.
  • Notification when it starts and ends the break with the possibility of adding a warning 30 seconds before.
  • Ability to set longer break periods at certain times (Ideal for lunch and dinner time.
  • Using keyboard shortcuts predefined.
  • Automatic Updates which are installed in the background (It is not clear if this includes the Snap and Appimage versions.
  • Run mode on top of other applicationss, minimized in the tray or in the background.
  • progress indicator in the system tray or in an animation in the application window. It can also be disabled for computers with low memory.
  • Toggle between app title bar and one that adapts to the desktop options.
  • Choice between manual or automatic start timer.
  • Voice prompt dthe beginning of the pomodoro.
  • Possibility to switch between itemsto light and dark.
  • Option to disable modifications once the timer has started.
  • Compact mode to fit small screens.

Installation

From the Snap store we install it with the command:

sudo snap install pomatez

In his web page It is available in DEB, RPM and Appimage formats.

Perhaps for more complex tasks an application with more options such as Super productivity. But, for individual tasks like writing an article or studying for an exam, Pomatez is a great option.


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