I have been using Pomodoro Technique for a couple months. It's great. I use an app called focus booster to track my time. Or if I'm on my Mac there is a great app called Chimoo Timer that allows me to set customized intervals instead of having to stick to 25 mins.
A windows app called 'TimeLeft' is great for timeboxing too. I looked at many dedicated timeboxing apps but it was simple and did the trick. There's a free one and you pay if you want multiple timers of a given type. www.nestersoft.com (I'm not associated with them)
TimeLeft is definitely nice; I bought it wayyy long ago -- 2001 maybe? It was probably the first software I ever purchased online. (Paid for it, and thus I'm also not associated with them; I'm just a fan!)
I have shorter timers: 2min, 5min, and 15min. They're mostly for little cleaning activities, inspired by FlyLady, who uses these intervals to help inspire people to work on tasks that aren't appealing but really don't take long when you put your mind to it.
I also have a 90 minute timer to remind me to get up and stretch my legs. People aren't meant to sit for prolonged periods of time!
This message was edited Jan 19, 2010.
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