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Implement Pomodoro Technique


For me ToDoist is the best way to implement GTD. But the best way to work really efficiently with the GTD-organised tasks is to use The Pomodoro Technique: http://www.pomodorotechnique.com/

There are many apps with fine Pomodoro timers, some of which incorporate task management, but none of them is at least close to ToDoist with it's usability and multi-platform-ness ;)

Pomodoro Technique has some simple requirements that would need to be implemented to ToDoist:
- timer (with sound!),
- estimation field (how many pomodoros will this task take),
- reports (very important!).

http://www.pomodoroapp.com/ -- I think this app (2.2 version) is a pretty good example of timer and estimations, unfortunately lacking many useful features in the task management and reporting.

I'm sure that implementing Pomodoro to ToDoist would give a huge boost to the world economy! :)

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Adam Read
Replied on Mar 26, 2013 - 16:22

This would be great. I've been using pomodoro for a while now, and am just moving to a digital system for keeping my todos all together. It would be nice to be able to, at the very least, track how much time each task took to complete.

Mike M premium
Replied on Apr 10, 2013 - 20:12

Oh man, would this make todoist awesome! Was going to make the same suggestion, but found this.

sleepycat premium
Replied on Apr 18, 2013 - 10:00

I was just thinking about how I'd love to attach a Pomodoro record to my items on Todoist! Glad to see someone already suggested it!

scruffysays premium
Replied on May 02, 2013 - 19:20


Artem premium
Replied on Oct 24, 2013 - 01:28

Wow. Really great idea. It will bring uniqueness in Todoist.
Now i'm using Todoist app + Pomodroido on my Android device, and Todoist web + GTD Timer on my PC.
If Todoist team can implement this feature, many many GTD-people change their other GTD-software for Todoist.

It will be killer-feature in best GTD-app.

Matt Ross premium
Replied on Nov 21, 2013 - 03:33

I just had the same thought and found this thread. I'm jumping from one pomodoro app to the next to find the one to complement ToDoist.

I think the 30/30 app on iOS comes close to ToDoist with usability and UI. Unfortunately, I find myself replicating my daily lists. (There's also no Android version).

If ToDoist and 30/30 could mate, I'd happily adopt their bastard child ;)

Matt Ross premium
Replied on Nov 22, 2013 - 03:16

to add to my previous comment, I've just found TeamViz which is also sort-of alright. I like the reports.
I like how it counts the pomodoros I needed for a list item.
I like that it syncs across devices.
I like the mini-timer that floats on your desktop. Very, very good for focusing.
The UI is heading in the right direction, but no where near as good as ToDoist.

Come on guys, I know this hasn't got as many votes as other items on your voting list, but you'd be miles ahead other task apps if you had a slick pomodoro timer integrated.

Maciek premium
Replied on Nov 22, 2013 - 08:24

Hi Matt,

TeamViz is a new version of PomodoroApp, which I've mentioned in my initial post. I concur, it's good in Pomodoro part, but still not in GTD. The irony is that they charge for something you get for free with Todoist and TD lacks the features the TV provides in a free version ;) If they could somehow team up (maybe a plugin as an option instead of Karma?), I would gladly pay the price they offer.

I think the most Pomodoro-strict app is called myPomodoro. They really tried to stick to the rules. Unfortunately, apart from that, it's rather unusable today. And no longer developed. But maybe it's features could be a good example of what the Pomodoro Technique users need to fully benefit from it.

scruffysays premium
Replied on Nov 22, 2013 - 09:01

Are you guys on Mac or Windows? I want to hire someone to modify an open-source pomodoro app to pull tasks from ToDoist (for Mac). Anyone interested in chipping in to make that happen?

James Tu premium
Replied on Nov 22, 2013 - 15:33

I also think this would add to Todoist's value.

However, this would also add complexity to a 'simple' system. There are tons of people just asking for todo functionality. Adding planning, and task time tracking in my mind is awesome, I would love it, but I'm also afraid that it would make the interface more cumbersome.

Scope creep...but it's a great suggestion.

Matt Ross premium
Replied on Nov 22, 2013 - 16:06

@James Tu it could be an add-on. I would even pay extra for this. That way people who don't need it can KISS ;)

Mike M premium
Replied on Nov 22, 2013 - 17:27

TeamViz looks great - thanks for sharing. I'll take a look. This is really the only thing missing from my Todoist experience.

Maciek premium
Replied on Nov 25, 2013 - 05:12

@scruffysays: Windows here, but the idea is interesting still. Which Mac pomodoro app do you choose?

@James Tu: As I wrote above -- I think the best way to do this would be an option in preferences, the same as with Karma.

Eliseu M. Gomes premium
Replied on Jan 04, 2014 - 18:51

I posted the same idea. DidnĀ“t know that you guys had already had the idea.

That is wonderfull.

Dan Walker premium
Replied on Jan 06, 2014 - 06:46


Salvatore Denaro premium
Replied on Jan 07, 2014 - 15:26

I would love this in the Mac desktop app as well as in the android app

Iadarola Davide premium
Replied on Jan 29, 2014 - 04:17


I have buy a premium license yesterday and now i'm looking for some stuff to apply the pomodoro technique.

Strange that there is not already ...

ebo arder
Replied on Feb 05, 2014 - 04:50

Please implement something like a timer (pomodoro) for tasks. I always have to have both apps open: https://todoist.com and http://orkanizer.com

Mauro Castagnetti premium
Replied on Feb 13, 2014 - 06:49

Todoist is great in tracking my projects but for the Pomodoro Technique i have to use another tool ( Team Viz as reported in the original request ) with the additional overhead of keeping them syncronized.

IT WOULD BE GREAT if i could manage both in Todoist.

Nicholas Warino premium
Replied on Feb 20, 2014 - 13:47

Great discussion and I concur. I would LOVE if Todoist added (optional) features for Pomodoro technique.

I get around it by having a "modified" Pomodoro technique, entirely on Todoist. Here's how I did it:

1. In Todoist, I created a new "Pomodoro" project.
2. Within that project, I created 10 week-daily re-occuring tasks. Each one is a "Pomodori."
3. On my "TODAY" tab, I just drag and drop underneath each Pomodori. So for example, I'll have "1st Pomodori" and under that, the task associated with it. When I'm done, I just check off the pomodori and the task.
4. Any timer works, really, so I just use my iPhone timer. An egg timer would obviously work too.

That's it! Todoist already incorporates the concept of creating your daily to do list. Todoist already allows you to record data on your productivity (with "Karma"), so you don't really need to Pomodoro-specific feedback.

I love this Todoist-Promodoro hack, but it would be nicer if it was more intentionally integrated into Todoist.

Ola Fredin premium
Replied on Feb 25, 2014 - 02:48

Another user with one foot in Pomodoro-land and the other in Todoist. An integration of a timer (egg timer) and pomodoro counter for each task would be great!

Kelly Smith premium
Replied on Feb 27, 2014 - 15:29

+1 This would be great to reduce the number of webapps I have on my desktop. Currently I use tomato-timer.com

If todoist really wanted to "gamify" this, they could have it so your karma is decreased if you don't check off a task a few minutes after the timer goes off. You could assign pomodoros to individual tasks.

zyxuvius premium
Replied on Mar 14, 2014 - 06:30

This is so true. I was talking with a friend of mine, and he said that Todoist is amazing because of Karma/achievements. I can see Pomodoro's taking Karma to a whole new level.

Pomodoros may not be for everyone, but if they could be turned on/off the same way Karma is shown/hidden, etc... I can see lots of people like me who were comparing different todo lists seeing this feature and instantly shelling out the premium fee.

Andre Zygmanta
Replied on Apr 09, 2014 - 02:47

+1 ! Really appreciated feature. Would love to have something similar to kanbanflow.com pomodoro.