So i’m going straight to the point. The pomodoro technique is known to help people with ADHD to get stuff done right away, but I think it can be optimized to work even better.Personally, I have been tweeking the technique by myself a lot and have found that some adjustments would help me. Mostly, some instant gratification after I finish a pomodoro, and small reminders during the task to remind me to go back on it if i’m distracted.
I didn’t find the perfect app on the Android store for that, and thought, hey, why don’t you create it? So I’m going to try doing just that! And I came here for help on ideas of features that you’d like to have in an app like that. I thought that brainstorming this together, we could develop a good app for brains like us!
For now, here’s the planned features:
- A timer that can be configured to work in any number of sessions, any duration with short and long breaks (So if you want the standard pomodoro technique, you’d choose 25min per session, 5 minutes short breaks, and 15min long break every 4 sessions).
- A small notification sound that would be played randomly ever 5 to 10 minutes to remind you to go back to work in case you got distracted. The sound should be a bit loud but short, so you don’t have to touch your phone to stop it in case you’re working, but you can still hear it if you’re distracted.
- Unlockable achievements serve as gratification, for example achievements for finishing 4; 6; 8 sessions in a day, a word of encouragement when you finish each session etc (If you have ideas for achievements, go ahead).
- Unlockable features that unlock when you go through a certain number of sessions. These should be relatively easy to unlock in the first three weeks of usage, so that by the time you’ve unlocked all of them (and there’s not as much challenge), using the app would become habit.
- You can set a ‘project’ you’re working on when you start a session (for example: Study: Biology, Math; or Work: Client X/Y etc)
- Time tracking per project so you can figure out how much time you actually spent working on something.
- To do list that would also work like ‘mini projects’, you can track the time you spent on each task.
That’s basically the most important things I have in mind right now, i probably forgot some basic features that would be implemanted nonetheless.
I’d love to hear of what features you think would be necessary for that kind of app; lemme know!