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Focus Booster Is a Sleek and Free Productivity Timer

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.

Focus Booster

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  • Published 02/2/11

Comments (1)

  1. Moises Jafet

    Focus Booster is good and multi platform… but, you also can try using your keyboard preferences settings. Maybe you have a tab named “Typing Breaks” (Ubuntu is shipped with it), fully configurable (time for breaks, etc.) and trayicon visual indicator, which not only alert you after work time runs out but also block your screen during breaks. Screen blocking is a good policy for newbies to Pomodoro’s Technique.

    Focus Booster has the plus of a audible “clicking” clock to help you keep focused on your task, but maybe in cubicle setups this sound gets annoying for everyone else.

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