Stay Productive With These 4 Best Pomodoro Apps for Android
Whether it’s the Facebook feed or cat videos on YouTube, there are enough distractions to make procrastination a real-world problem. However, the solution to procrastination was actually available since the late 80s. Pomodoro timer technique is a simple productivity hack that forces you to focus on what is important while still giving you time to relax.
You just assign a work period (25min originally) and after which you can take a 5min break. And after every four sessions, you can take a longer break (usually 25-30min). Honestly, it seems a bit too simple to actually work, but it really does work.
If you are ready to incorporate Pomodoro technique in your work life, then I know just the perfect Pomodoro Android apps that can make the process a breeze. Without further ado, here are 4 of the best Pomodoro Android apps.
If you are new to Pomodoro technique, then I’ll recommend you to start with Goodtime for its simplicity. It’s an open source app that is very light on battery and lets you start a fully customizable Pomodoro session. You can pause the timer and even disable sound and WiFi when the work session starts.
The app works perfectly fine in the background, so you can minimize it and continue using your phone. There are no ads or in-app purchases, so don’t worry about annoying pop-ups disrupting your focus. Overall, if you want something simple that just works, then Goodtime is perfect.
Forest is a gamified Pomodoro app that goes a step further to improve focus by adding a tree planting game in it. The app is fully based on the Pomodoro technique, therefore, it uses work and breaks sessions to help focus. However, to prevent you from cheating the system, it lets you plant a virtual tree that grows in size as you follow the Pomodoro schedule. However, if you fail to follow it and use other apps, the tree will wither.
By properly following the sessions, you can earn rewards and coins to unlock new species of trees to plant. Over time you can create a whole forest of beautiful trees, giving you a sense of achievement.
This is a rather unforgiving Pomodoro app that forces you to stick with Pomodoro schedule. It doesn’t have any pause button, you’ll have to complete the work session without any excuses. There is a ranking system (rather funny one) in which you advance as you complete your work sessions. If you will fail, your ranks will drop as well. Not to mention, it has some of the most cheeky insults if you fail to follow the Pomodoro timer.
If you are very serious about incorporating the Pomodoro technique in your workflow, then this app will ensure you stay productive.
Contrary to the above app, Brain Focus takes a lighter approach to Pomodoro technique and offers a ton of customization options. You can pause and resume sessions at any time, and even add more time to work sessions or skip breaks – everything is in your control. The app uses beautiful themes and sounds to keep things interesting, and you can also disable sounds and internet connect to minimize distractions.
It also helps you manage and track your tasks. You can see how much time you have spent on a particular task, and there are separate settings for each task. If you want full control over your sessions, then this app will do the trick.
I believe Forest is a more interesting option from the bunch as it softly forces you to stick with your work session. Although if you just want a good Pomodoro app without bells and whistles, then Goodtime is perfect. It’s also worth noting that Goodtime is the only app in this list that doesn’t come with ads, so keep this in mind if you think ads may make you lose your focus.