Chrome: The Pomodoro technique is a great way to keep yourself on task, and if you spend a lot of time in Chrome, Time Doser is a great app to help you along.
We’ve featured apps on other platforms like Windows,Mac, Android, and iOS, but Chrome is lacking. TimeDoser is an offline Chrome apps that records time in 25 minute blocks with a five minute break. While you can’t set an exact timer, you can change the interval to 30,35 or 40 minutes. You can change the break times to 10 or 15 minutes. Hit the link to try it out.
If you want to try the Pomodoro productivity technique, you’ll need a timer to track your work sessions and remind you to take breaks. Marinara Timer is a simple—but flexible—webapp that gets the job done, and gives you some great customization choices to boot.
Marinara Timer has three different modes: Pomodoro, Marinara, and Kitchen Timer. The Kitchen Timer is just a simple countdown clock that you can set manually, perfect for single sessions. The Pomodoro mode uses the classic 25-minute work sessions followed by five and 15 minute breaks (eg, Set the timer for 25 minutes and start working. Focus on your work, and don’t stop for 25 minutes. When the timer goes off, stop working and take a short (5 minutes) break. That’s one “pomodoro.” Repeat the process, and every four pomodoros, take a longer (15+ minutes) break to recharge) to recharge.
The Marinara mode gives you more flexibility, and lets you schedule how long you want those work sessions and breaks to be. If you’d rather work in three 25 minute bursts and break for 20 minutes, you can do that instead, for example. Every mode lets you customize the sound that plays at the end of your work session, signaling it’s time to take a break—and there are plenty of options to choose from, from the jarring and urgent “fire alarm” to the gentle “angelic song.”