[Exclusive] The Pomodoro Technique app
By on May 11th, 2009


David Zemsky, a work colleague, shared this simple count-down timer to use for the Pomodoro Time Management Technique. I thought it’s brilliant and convinced him to share the same with the whole wide world; and here are we. The Pomodoro Timer app for Windows Mobile devices.

Pomodoro Timer

It mimics a common kitchen timer – you ‘wind’ it with the track bar and then start with the start button. The default duration is 25 minutes but you can change it. After 25 minutes it vibrates 3 times or plays a custom sound.  It’s simple, and easy to reset and start again.

The application requires .NET Compact Framework 3.5, and you can download the Windows Mobile 5 version here or the Windows Mobile 6.x version here.

The Pomodoro Technique is a time management method that can be used for any kind of task. The aim of the Pomodoro Technique is to use time as a valuable ally in accomplishing what we want to do in the way we want to do it, and to enable us to continually improve the way we work or study.

 The basic unit of work in the Pomodoro Technique can be split in five simple steps:

  1. Choose a task to be accomplished
  2. Set the Pomodoro to 25 minutes (the Pomodoro is the timer)
  3. Work on the task until the Pomodoro rings, then put a check on your sheet of paper
  4. Take a short break (5 minutes is OK)
  5. Every 4 Pomodoros take a longer break

More on the Pomodoro technique here: http://www.pomodorotechnique.com/

Special thanks to John Kennedy for drawing the cool display on the tomato! Share your feedback as comments, and spread the word about this application.

Author: Abhishek Baxi
Abhishek Baxi is an independent technology columnist for several international publications and a digital consultant. He speaks incessantly on Twitter (@baxiabhishek) and dons the role of Editor-in-Chief here at Techie Buzz.

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  • http://thecruisemaniac.com Cruisemaniac

    Actually, Pomodoro is Tomato in Italian… :-)

    - C.

  • http://www.baxiabhishek.info baxiabhishek

    Yeah, I learnt that while reading about the technique.

    Abd yes, we know, you’ve been to Turin :)

  • mp

    Cheers! The clock is about twice the size on my unit and sort of broken off halfways and it doesn’t move. That’s on a SE X1 WM 6.1 Pro. I’ll keep my eyes open for a future release.

  • David Zemsky

    Re: mp
    The version for touch screen doesn’t have dynamic layout yet and is designed for the standard MDA resolution of 320 x 240.

    The other version (for non-touch screens) is dynamic and should position center the tomato picture nicely.

    I’ll try to fix it in the next release.

  • http://www.twitter.com/askmrlee askmrlee

    Timer works, but I do not have the slidebar. But I have no problem setting the timer with the up/down keys. The lack of a slidebar is definitely not a dealbreaker. Using a Samsung Intrepid (winmo 6.5 with 320×240 screen).

    Works well and I like seeing the countdown timer and having a vibrate option.
    Thanks for developing this.

  • anton

    the link for windows mobile 5 is not valid anymore. is there a way to get the app? thanks

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