The phone rings, the dog barks, Skype is pinging in the background…and before you know it you are distracted and flustered.
Some people have short attention spans, or a bad case of “Shiny Object Syndrome.” And some of us just experience non-stop “life happens” moments. Whatever the reason, sometimes sitting down to write a 30 minute blog post can take a hour+ of our already precious time.
Enter Focus Booster. Focus Booster is a neat tool that many bloggers/writers can use to increase writing productivity. It’s designed to help you eliminate the anxiety of time constraints, and enhance your focus and concentration. Focus Booster has been designed based on the principles of the pomodoro technique . This technique uses a timer to break down periods of work into 25-minute intervals (referred to as “pomodoros”) separated by breaks, and is based on the idea that frequent breaks refresh the mind and increase writing efficiency.
Pretty cool, ‘eh? I installed Focus Booster and found it very quick to install and even easier to use. Focus Booster pops up as a horizontal ticker-style bar that is repositionable. Start the timer for 25 minutes of intense work time and a timer will ding. Then, a new timer (your 5-minute-break timer) starts. Once your 5-minute break is up, the 25-minute work time ticker can be started again. Even as I navigated between Word docs and the Internet, the ticker bar always stayed visible.
Don’t want to download the desktop version? No problem. Focus Booster also has a live online version to tap into. Both options are free to users.