Tomatoes helps you to improve productivity.
When you work as a project manager, time is your partner in crime. Everything you do is based on how long a project will take. You manage your vendors time to make sure your project stays on budget, but more importantly, you want to make sure your resources are spread too thin. It’s a complicated process and managing a project’s time isn’t easy. I was a project manager for over 2 years and I watched time just tick away and one constant issue I ended up having was not giving myself enough breaks in-between tasks. Using an app for helping with this is the only way I’ve been able to give myself breaks thus making myself more productive with the task at hand.
Tomatoes Time Management for Mac is a good start for someone like me who just needs a little reminder of how and when to stay on task. When I first downloaded the app, I thought it seemed like an odd name for a time management utility. Then I discovered this when I Googled “Tomato Time Management”:
The Pomodoro Technique is a time management method developed by Francesco Cirillo in the late 1980s. … These intervals are named pomodoros, the plural in English of the Italian word pomodoro (tomato), after the tomato-shaped kitchen timer that Cirillo used as a university student.
I had no ideas that there was an actual technique based on a kitchen timer. Once I found that out, the utility made a lot more sense. Tomatoes is designed to help you improve productivity. It’s a menu bar utility with some sophisticated reporting techniques. You can configure it to include time for breaks, notifications, and task series. The developer, Adolfo Vera Blasco, has updated the app to work with the new MacBook Pro with Touch Bar.
As I mentioned it’s a menu bar utility which sort of suits this type of app. Tomatoes is a timer just like the kitchen timer it was modeled after. So the clock is always shown to let you know how long you have to work on your task. When your time is up on a task, a notification will let you know that it’s time for a break. I have my timer set for 30 minutes per task session with a 5-minute break in-between. After a series is done (4 tasks), I can take a longer break (15 minutes). I used Tomatoes to help me recently when I was working on a review project for a Smart Desk. It did help to break up the project so that I wasn’t so run down at the end, but I found that I had one big problem with using the app. Even though it provides notifications at timed intervals, I found myself ignoring them and when I would get up from my computer for one reason or another, I would neglect to pause my timer. I suppose it takes practice with the app being active to really use Tomatoes properly.
There are a lot of things I like about this app. The purpose behind it is wonderful and it really is easy to use. I think once I use it more often, I will enjoy what it can really do for me.
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