If you have trouble writing and replying to emails, here’s a simple trick: Set a timer for three minutes. Now write that whole email before the time runs out.
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If you google “15 minute timer”, or any length of time like that, then Google will automatically open and start that timer. But it will also show you several YouTube timers of that length.
They aren’t much good as kitchen timers or productivity timers — if you try to google one up, Google’s already started a better timer for you. But they’re great for displaying a countdown to an audience, especially an audience of kids.
Moving from one activity to another can be difficult, even for adults. It’s especially challenging for kids when the transition is being made from something enjoyable (such as playing or watching TV) to something less desirable (such as leaving a fun place or doing chores).
When my son was a toddler, he had a really hard time being dropped off at and being picked up from preschool. He’d cry or physically resist leaving, refusing to get into his car seat.
Mac/iOS: Setting an alert on your iOS device or Mac computer can be done in a variety of ways. You can ask Siri, use your Clock app, set up a reminder, or make an alarm. Unfortunately, these all come with a few caveats that may leave you confused as to why your phone is buzzing at 3AM - or end up with you rushing out the door thanks to a missed reminder you thought your HomePod would share with you. Engineer Dr Drang took a look at how it all worked and found that, well, it was pretty confusing.
Mac: We've seen plenty of Pomodoro timers over the years, but Tomates might be the most full featured option around.
Time-tracking app company DeskTime found that the most productive people worked for 52 minutes straight followed by a 17 minute break. If you'd like to try this routine yourself, Fōkasu is the easiest way to time yourself.
Android/iOS: We've talked about the benefits of interval training on a stationary bike before. Interval Clock is a customisable interval training app that will get you started quickly, help you find an effective workout, and still leave you free to switch things up as you choose.
Many people swear by the Pomodoro Technique, a strategy for sprinting through tasks to get more done, while allowing for brain-resting breaks. You don't need a Pomodoro timer to apply this -- just use regular, limited-time "real life" events for your timer.
Mac: Pomodoro timers are easy enough to find, but if you're looking for something that's incredibly simple and free, Pomodoro One does the job. It's a no-frills app, but that's kind of the point anyway.
Google introduced a built-in timer command last year, but then mysteriously dumped it after a few days. Now the timer is back.