Pomodoro technique is one of the time management techniques that promises higher productivity, and long term concentration while working on some complex projects. This technique isn’t a new one, since it became popular during the late 1980s thanks to its creator, Francesco Cirillo. Even though you can find a lot of different time managements programs and techniques to overcome obstacles you might be facing as an individual, Pomodoro has its ups and downs in popularity. After all, it’s here for more than 20 years, so it’s natural to assume that there are many followers even today.
It would be hard, if not impossible, to explain how Pomodoro works in just a few sentences. Basically, in order to get a certain task done you need to set Pomodoro (a plastic timer in shape of tomato) to 25 minute. Work until timer rings, and take 5 minute brake. This session is called “Pomodori”. Once you take 4 sets of Pomodori, you need to take a longer break, 15 to 30 minutes long. There are also some other steps in this whole philosophy, so if you’re interested you can find all of the information on the web.
In this article we will be talking about an application which is made to be used by Pomodoro followers. You can actually find a lot of these apps on the Mac App Store, and we will be reviewing one of them, called Tadam ($3.99).
Tadam is fairly simple and minimalistic application which follows the philosophy of Pomodoro. It is a small application, hidden under its icon in the Mac OS X menu bar. Once you click on its icon, you will see a small pop-up window where you simply need to enter desired time and click “Go!”. It is already set to 25 minutes, which is a time of one Pomodori.
If you click on Tadam icon while it’s timing you, you will see a new window which offers several options like Take a Break, Change Time, Pause, Preferences, and such. Basically, Tadam offers all of the options you can find in an application dedicated to Pomodoro technique. On the other hand, Tadam features helpful way to show how much time there’s left.
Once you’ve set Tadam to count 25 minutes, its menu bar icon will turn into a live timer which will fill up as the time passes. In case you pause it, the icon will flash. Once those 25 minutes come to an end, icon will pulsate at first, but then it will alarm you that your work session is finished. I believe that this notification method will suit many, since most Pomodoro timer apps simply hide in the background and alarm when those 25 minutes come to an end.
In case you’re interested in this philosophy, or in case you’d like to give it a try, Tadam seems like a good choice. It’s simple and easy to configure, and gets the job done.