If you’re looking for an unobtrusive timer that melts into the background but still helps you focus and slice up your work into manageable chunks of time, Adobe Air-based Focus Booster is the lightweight tool for you.
Focus Timer is designed to help you carve up your work into 25 minute blocks with 5 minute breaks based on the Pomodoro Technique (you can adjust the work/break length to whatever you want in the settings, however). You can minimize the interface completely out of sight or down to a small box, but Focus Booster really shines when you leave the bar full size as the timer bar will slowly fill as your work and break blocks expire–a visual time indicator is a rarity in desktop timers.
Visit the link below to grab a free copy of Focus Booster or try out their fully functional online demo with Focus Booster Live.
Jason Fitzpatrick is warranty-voiding DIYer and all around geek. When he's not documenting mods and hacks he's doing his best to make sure a generation of college students graduate knowing they should put their pants on one leg at a time and go on to greatness, just like Bruce Dickinson. You can follow him on Google+ if you'd like.
- Published 02/2/11