Most of us have a love hate relationship with time and timers. Time catches up to us. We don’t like that.
Ditto for not enough time, alarm clock timers, and anything regarding alarm and time that’s also annoying. But what if the timer alarm was cute? What if it was a fruit? Or, a vegetable. What if it was actually fun to use and very cheap? And did more than just time things and annoy you?
Alarm Clock, Meet Vegetable. Or, Fruit
My Little Pomodoro is a Mac app that’s also a timer with an alarm system built in. First, it’s cute. Second, it’s very easy to use. Third, as an inexpensive app goes, it actually does more than you expect.
The folks who created My Little Pomodoro (hereinafter referred to MLP; I’m getting a cramp typing that name) know something about human nature.
We don’t like alarms, alerts, or things that remind of things we don’t really want to do.
That’s why there’s a snooze button on alarm clocks, so, right after the alarm goes off and we’ve lost control, we can hit snooze and gain control back. Here’s what MLP looks like on your Mac’s screen.
Nothing intimidating there, right? It’s the best of all worlds.
Cool icon. Big timer on the screen. Green start button. A reset button. A preferences button (this whole app is well thought out, no?).
Obviously, My Little Pomodoro (finger cramps are gone; thank you Aleeve) does more.
You can customize the timer lengths, but you can also add task management. Each time can be a task. At the end of the day you get a list of what you’ve accomplished.
So, you’re really using MLP as a task management app that has a timer.
And what a timer it is. Instead of just ringing some annoying ring, MLP can speak softly and soothingly. Or, yell at you. You decide.
There’s even built-in Growl notifications (which, if you know Growl notifications, isn’t really a growl). MLP has a Menubar icon for control and keyboard shortcuts for control and entering tasks.
For you GTD and time management aficionados, My Little Pomodoro is a play on words.
The Pomodoro Technique
Pomodoro is Italian for tomato, hence the cool tomato icon. The Pomodoro Technique is a time management method developed by Francesco Cirillo about 25 years ago. Think of it as task, timer, break. Work on task until timer goes off. Take a break. Repeat.
That’s very cool. And cheap. And it works. But is it a fruit or a vegetable?