Focus Booster a Less Stressed but More Productive You!

igorGriffiths January 17, 2012 2

focus_booster_settingsFocus booster is an activity timer that will countdown and alert you when a work session is over, it also allows you to set a break duration after each session

This is produced by focus booster.com and can also be sourced from softpedia if you do not like downloading software from sites you have not heard of.

There is only good news about this software and the first is that it is completely free without any trial periods or licenses to worry about.

This software is based upon the Pomodoro technique?

This is a time management method created in the 1980’s by Francesco Cirillo. It acts as a valuable asset when you desire to accomplish any task in the most efficient manner and comes highly recommended by many marketers.

What Pomodoro actually encourages is for you to break down your work sessions into 25 minute sessions separated by 5 minute breaks. The premise being that going hell for leather on your tasks in short bursts is a far more efficient and healthy way to work.

Of course each session must be totally devoted to one single task otherwise you will not get the benefits.

Which leads to the 5 basic steps to using Focus Booster effectively.

  • Decide on the task to be done
  • Set Focus Booster to 25 minutes, leave the break length at 5 minutes
  • Work on only that task until the timer rings
  • Record the task status, how on track are you?
  • Take the short break, a drink or domestic break.
  • Every 2 hours (four sessions) take a longer break of 15 minutes.

Now although the original technique was based upon a mechanical timer, I have found a digital one to be far more effective. Primarily because almost all of my work is done on the computer and the fact that the stop button on the mechanical timer broke after several strikes thus I searched and found a more reliable alternative.

Focus booster options allow you have it always on show no matter how many windows you open. This however does not create an functional issue as the timer is very small as shown in the image.focusbooter_app

The optional optional ticking sound is a healthy irritant because it is a timely reminder that you are working to a deadline which of course you should be.

Now setting session times is all good and well but there is a more important benefit from using the Focus Booster timer.

After you have used this for a while and have got into the rhythm of noting how long it actually takes a highly focussed you to do each task, you can then plan your weeks activity based upon real durations which of course leads to a more efficient, productive and less stressful working environment.

Of course if you are working away from your own computer you could always use the online version which can be accessed here

Focus Booster Live

or simply apply the Pomodoro techniques using the timer on your cell phone or even a mechanical timer, just remember to treat it gently.

I absolutely love this software and highly recommend that you start using this software. Remember it is totally free and you have a choice of download sources below:

Focus Booster website

Focus Booster via Softpedia



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  1. Caleb
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    February 11, 2012 at 2:08 pm - Reply

    Thanks for the great suggestion for time management software that I installed and will be using. This is a great tool and technique I haven’t heard about, but am definitely going to try it out.
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    • igorG February 15, 2012 at 9:46 pm - Reply

      Once you discipline yourself to stick with the 25 minute rhythm it is a great tool and of course the 5 minute break can just be doing some minor 5 minute task before you start the timer again and return to what to what you were doing.

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