If you’re on a Mac, take a look at Pomodoro One which has just gone free.
I’m writing to you from my iPad so I can’t get it and try the thing out for you but it comes reasonably recommended and I think you’ll like the Pomodoro technique. It’s just where you work for, say, 25 minutes and then have a break for, say 5 minutes, before you start all over again.
Pomodoro One reportedly looks just like a good stopwatch – and in some stylish way suits the new OS X Yosemite – so that tells you bugger-all aren’t bad things.
The Pomodoro technique is where you set a timer and you work for, say, 25 minutes and then take a break for 5 minutes. Then you do it again. And again. The name Pomodoro comes, through a reasonably short but twisty route, from a type of clock or timer that was apparently popular somewhere. This timer looked like a tomato. And the word pomodoro means a kind of tomato sauce. Flash forward to the age of the app and we get this:
Looks more like a fella with green sunglasses if you ask me, but it’s a tomato timer for the Pomodoro Technique:
Pomodoro Timer helps you boost your productivity using the Pomodoro Technique™, one of the most effective time management methods out there. Not only will you get a fully configurable timer that lets you customize every aspect of the technique, but you will also enjoy a clear and beautiful user interface.