No, that’s not a typo. Tomates is a thing. It used to be a different then. At another location on the space time continuum, Tomates Time was Pomodoro Time Management, whereby pomodoro was the first half of the much acclaimed Pomodoro Technique.
Basically, Tomates is a pomodoro utility to help you manage time, get more done, be more efficient, blah, blah, blah– all based upon a simple technique involving a kitchen timer, a to-do list that’s out of control, and maybe a clock that only runs 45 minutes every hour.
Time Is The Technique
They say that everyone will get an opportunity for 15 minutes of fame. Maybe so, maybe not, but others get famous and occasionally rich by doing what many of us would think is dirt simple.
The Pomodoro Technique is a time management method developed by Francesco Cirillo in the late 1980s. The technique uses a timer to break down work into intervals, traditionally 25 minutes in length, separated by short breaks. 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.
Good grief. It’s a kitchen timer that started it all. A timer that looks like a, well, tomato, hence Tomates– but any timer will do, digital or analog. Here’s Tomates on the Mac.
Basically, you create a list of to-do items or tasks. Then you set the timer and start working. After x-number of minutes you stop working and take a break. Rinse and repeat as needed. Tomates comes with a way to list each task, get notifications, customize the task time and the break to match your requirements, set goals, and even run multiple pomodoros at a time.
What’s not to like?
Tomates has all the latest 2018 buzzwords so you know it will help you work smarter, faster, better, and give you a more rewarding life with happier children, a satisfied spouse, and a boss who lavishes praise and bonuses as if they were Tchotchkes. I mean, look at the graphs. Look at the color. Look at the charts. Those are tasks that didn’t get completed in the past but with Tomates and some discipline they bow to your control.
The cute little dashboard gives you up to the minute progress on your progress, displays the tasks, total time used, number of tasks and sessions– all a click away on your Mac.
We tend to be a bit Mac-centric on Mac360, but don’t let that antique device bias bother you because we also prefer applications that sync up via iCloud or Dropbox and have app counterparts that run on iPhones and iPads.
Tomates works everywhere you want to be. So long as it’s Mac, iPhone, and iPad. Oh, and iCloud. That means time management follows you around like a digital puppy always nipping at your heels; a gentle way of spurring you on toward the glories and gain of greater productivity. Tomates for iOS costs just a few bucks, while Tomates for macOS costs a few more. It’s only fair. Macs are bigger.
Not bad for a nifty time shifting utility that tracks your work, speeds up tasks, dumps reports on you so you can be graphically inspired to do more (or, become depressed; it may work like that, too), and is fully customizable for the time and breaks you need.