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Completed timer stats, quickly switch between ‘Focus’ and ‘Break’ modes and more!

Momentum’s Pomodoro timer was first launched in May 2020, and since then, it has been one of the community’s favorite Momentum Plus features! We’ve received many suggestions on how we could improve the Pomodoro timer, and this update addresses some of the most popular requests.

In this blog post, we’ll go over the new improvements to Momentum’s Pomodoro timer, but first, a quick introduction to the Pomodoro technique for those who are just hearing about it.

Pomo-what?

The Pomodoro technique is a popular time management strategy that helps people do better and more focused work. This simple technique organizes your work into 30-minute intervals, a 25-minute focus period followed by a 5-minute break. The intervals are repeated until you’ve completed all your tasks or reached the end of your workday.

Time is our most valuable resource, and the Pomodoro technique supports people in making a high impact in the time they have available. If you’re new to the Pomodoro technique, Momentum makes getting started very easy. We recommend that you try it out, especially if you are working from home and are finding it challenging to stay focused.

Getting started with Pomodoro

To enable the Pomodoro timer, hover your mouse over the clock, click the Clock icon and then select Pomodoro

Momentum's Pomodoro timer is exclusively available to Momentum Plus members. Upgrade to Plus today to use the Pomodoro timer and all of the other exclusive Plus member benefits!

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Pomodoro flow

  1. Create a list of tasks that you want to focus on completing today.📋
  2. Start your first 25-minute Focus timer and work on your first task(s) until the timer ends — a friendly chime will sound. 🔔
  3. Recharge with a 5-minute Break, You will hear another chime sound when it's time for your next Focus session.
  4. Repeat the Focus and Break sessions until your daily tasks are completed or your workday ends. 😊

Note: If the 25/5 minute Pomodoro format doesn’t suit your workflow, you can customize the timers to whatever durations you want in the Pomodoro options (•••) to the right of your timer.

What’s new?

The top two most popular user suggestions were to simplify the look and feel of Momentum’s Pomodoro timer, and to display how many Pomodoro sessions you’ve completed over time. In our latest update, we’ve done both!

Navigation improvements

Switching between your Focus and Break timers is much smoother now: simply click the Focus or Break text above the timer. 

Changing between your Clock, Pomodoro Timer and Percent Clock is a lot easier now too — just hover your mouse over the center of your dashboard and click the icon that appears to the left.

Additional Pomodoro timer and Clock options are available by clicking the ••• to the right of your active clock/timer.

Calm timer

To reduce distraction, we added the Calm timer option in the Pomodoro settings •••, which hides the seconds remaining in your time and only displays the minutes. We also changed from a circular progress bar to a line for a cleaner look.

Focus labels

You can now click the 'Focus' text underneath the timer to specify what you're working on during your Pomodoro Focus session.

Pro tip: You can also enable Autofocus mode to always display the top item your Todo list below your timer.

Completion stats

It's now possible to see how many Pomodoro Focus sessions you've completed over time!

Your Today, Weekly and All Time Pomodoro completion stats display at the top of the Pomodoro settings •••. Clicking them changes the time frame (i.e. Today → Weekly → All Time). 

Looking for more? See our Pomodoro guide.

Your feedback makes a difference

 Thanks again to everyone who shared their Pomodoro feedback with us. With your support these improvements were brought to life! 

We're always looking for ways to improve, so if you have other feedback to share, please let us know, we'd love to hear from you. 😊

Wishing everyone a healthy, happy and productive 2021! 🙏

The Momentum Team Jan 26, 2021