Whether you are preparing for your final semesters or finishing your pending work, a Pomodoro timer will help you boost your productivity and get things done in less time. For the unknown, Pomodoro is a technique developed by Frencesco Cirillo for improving productivity. Your work session is broken down to 25-minute parts and followed by short 5 minute breaks. Each 25-minute work block is called a “Pomodoro“. After four Pomodoro (or four 25-mins sessions) you should take a big break and repeat the same cycle again.
While you can always get one of those, Tomato Shaped Kitchen Timer from Amazon, we recommend using Pomodoro timer apps on your devices. They not only let you keep a log of all your work but you can also take it anywhere you go; not to forget tons of other option that comes with it (we’ll come to that in a while). In our previous article, we talked about some of the best Pomodoro timer apps for Android and in this one, we’ll choose our best pick for Windows. So, let’s begin
Pomodoro Timer For Windows
1. Focus 10
Best for: people who don’t want any features but a simple timer app
Focus 10 is a simple Windows app that lets you set Pomodoro timer on your desktop. The minimalistic design focuses mainly on offering a nonintrusive experience while you focus on your work.
When you open the app you get one giant timer that counts down twenty-five minutes. In the default setting, you get 4 Pomodoros of 25 minutes each followed by 5 minutes break after every session and a longer break at the end of all the 4 sessions. You tap the play button and the timer starts and you get can get to work. After every Pomodoro, an alarm sounds to notify you of your completed Pomodoro and the break starts. You can pause the timer in between or jump straight to next Pomodoro if you want. The settings page offers customization of a Pomodoro and breaks lengths, you can change the alarm sound or add Seconds click. Focus 10 is a free app and offers just the that, however, if you want more features, read on.
Best for: People looking for simple and Open Source Pomodoro timer app
Yet Another Pomodoro App is actually a very brilliant representation of the Pomodoro Technique. In many ways, it’s quite similar to YAPA; it’s simple, but what separated it from the rest in the list is that this one Open Source. It doesn’t have any other features but a timer that counts down 25 minutes and keeps track of the number of Pomodoro sessions.
I really enjoy using YAPA not just because it’s free and open source but its UI is non-existent. It just shows a timer on the top right corner of your computer which of course you can drag around. It draws over other applications and is always visible which makes its usage more effective. The options offered with this app are very few just like its layout. You can choose light or dark theme and change the opacity to make it barely visible. However, It doesn’t keep a track of your data and generate a report but we’ll find that feature in the next app. YAPA is a free and open source and offers no additional features.
3. Focus Booster
Best for: people looking for cross-platform Pomodoro timer which records your sessions and tracks your productivity.
Focus Booster app works only when you make an account, but conveniently enough you can create a 30-day trial account that offers 20 Pomodoro sessions. All your activities are stored in the account and you can get an insight into your productivity by logging in to the website. Unlike the previous one, Focus booster also offer mobile apps for Android and iOS and even on Mac.
The app also has a dark theme which can be minimized while keeping the timer on the screen. Your timesheet is updated every time you finish a Pomodoro and the report is generated once it gets significant data. Focus Booster is best for people who want a minimal Pomodoro timer but also lets you track your activities and generate insightful data.
Focus booster is a paid app with 30-days free trial.
Download Focus Booster (Windows | iOS | Android | Mac)
4. Focus Journal
Best for: people looking to keep track of distractions and productive activities.
A Pomodoro app that implements the technique with a few more features and increases the potency of the app. Unlike the previous apps, Focus Journal offers more than just one profile. You can create different context timers for different tasks.
The app has a few interesting features like you get a circular timer with the start button in the middle. You get two buttons on the bottom. Minimize and auto distraction mode. Minimize draws a tiny timer just like YAPA on the corner of the screen. You can run this app either for productivity or calculate distractions. In productivity mode it works like a normal Pomodoro app, however, in the distracted mode, you count the times you got distracted. It keeps a log of successful Pomodoro and distractions.
Focus Journal is free and gets the job done but doesn’t offer To Do list integration and we’ll check it in the next app.
Best for: people looking for a cross-platform Pomodoro timer with to-do list integration
Pomotodo integrates a to-do list in this app and syncs cross-platform. It is a time management app designed for the creators. It is based on Pomodoro Technique and GTD theory.
The app prompts for a sign in but also works without one and syncs your activities and tasks on to other devices linked with the account. You can set Pomodoro timers and to-do lists and add items to the list. You can prioritize the list items by pinning and add hashtags. The pro version offers a few extra features in the todo list like create sub-to-dos, set reminders, repeat, and add notes.
The statistics generated by the app gives you an insight into your daily productivity, top tags show which tasks were most achieved and what is the best working time for you. This is a great app for achieving goals with an integrated to-do list. You can sync your data over the devices by signing in.
The basic version is free but you can upgrade to the pro version for more features.
Download Pomotodo (Windows | Mac | Android | iOS | Web)
6. Focus To Do
Best for: people looking for great for task management and report generation
Focus To-Do lets you make tasks and execute using the Pomodoro technique. You can set tasks for the day and the time required for its completion. This app keeps track of the time elapsed and tasks completed. The detailed report can be generated with the data gathered over time.
You can sign in and sync your tasks to different devices and share your report. When you open the app you get the stats on the top, total time elapsed using the app and how many tasks are complete. Multiple tasks can be created and you can add them to the inbox within a set time. If you feel like switching from one task to another, you can do that by simply pausing the current task and focus on the second.
The report is generated based on the daily task that you perform and the frequency of distractions. You can check your detailed report by clicking the report icon on the top right of the window and it would display daily, weekly, and monthly charts of Pomodoro events and completed tasks.
The app is free for windows and offers a few in-app purchases.
This app is great for task management and report generation but we can’t block apps and websites. We’ll find that feature in the next.
Best for: people looking for Pomodoro App that can block distraction as well
FocusMe is more than just a timer app and not only it sets the timer to make you more productive but also keeps you from being distracted. We tested app blockers for Android and works similar to those apps.
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This app offers plans with which you can create plans with this app or choose from existing plans. Some of the plans listed on the app are social media block, block internet, Pomodoro Focus, and Time Limit News. These are not a gimmick but this app actually stops you from getting distracted by automatically minimizing the apps and closing tabs while running.
FocusMe encourages you to take breaks and has an option of forced breaks. It essentially takes over the screen rendering your computer unusable for the time period, forcing you to spend time away from your computer, I can see it would be helpful in creating a mental break.
You can check your website stats and App stats and introspect about your usage habits.
FocusMe is a paid app with a subscription of $2.5/mo and has a free trial.
Best for: People looking for Pomodoro timer with integration to task management tool which links popular tools like Todoist, Wunderlist, Asana, Trello, and Evernote.
PomoDone is the most advanced Pomodoro timer in the list. In fact, it’s much more than a Pomodoro timer, for example, it lets you sync your tasks with most of the task management tools and also encourages you to complete the tasks. I work with Trello to keep track of my daily tasks and using this app to get the work done becomes so easier. I can just pick my card and set a timer and get to work. As soon as I’m done with the task I can update it in the Pomodone app and it directly updates Done to Trello.
Overall the layout of the app is pretty easy to understand and once you’re signed in and connected. All your active tasks are shown in the window. You can change the settings of how a timer reacts and does when invoked and finished. You can check the time log and see how much time you’ve spent and on which task. This insightful data is available instantly in the app and you can probably check it through the web app.
It is a subscription-based plan and you get many advanced features, though you can try the free version which has a few limitations like 1-month access and link with two apps(out of 5) Download Pomodone (Windows | Mac | Android | iOS | Web)
Which is the Best Pomodoro Timer For Windows?
Like always, there is no best app for everyone. It all depends on your need. Yapa is my favorite Pomodoro Timer Windows app because it has the most intuitive timer. While Focus Journal and Focus Booster give you insights on your activities, FocusME blocks you from using any apps while forcing you to be productive. These were some of our choices, try a few for yourselves and let us know the results.
Overall, Pomodoro timers are best for the type of work that is independent of other people. For example, I’ll use a Pomodoro timer, while I’m writing this article, but not while a sales call or brainstorming with my team. Also, don’t do more than 10 Pomodoro in a day. The less you do it, more effective they become.
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