At Freedom, we love the Pomodoro technique. With its focus on mono-tasking and fighting against distractions, we share many of the same core values. This is likely why we also have so many of our customers tell us how they use Freedom and the Pomodoro technique in tandem – the power couple of productivity.
Freedom is the perfect Pomodoro companion because it allows one to block distractions for a set amount of time – like 25 minutes. You can set up Pomodoro sessions with Recurring, Start Later or Start Now sessions.
Recurring or Start Later
You can set up a series of Pomodoro sessions using Freedom's Recurring or Start Later Sessions feature. Here is an example of what a classic Pomodoro setup would look like on your Freedom Dashboard:
The above example is a classic Pomodoro setup of four 25-minute sessions with five minute breaks, followed by a 20 minute break after session four, then another set of four. You can customize this to your needs. For help with setting up recurring/future sessions in general, please see Start Later and Recurring Sessions.
You can manually start a timed Freedom session using Start Now. This can be done from the desktop app, the mobile app, or the browser dashboard.
On Mac or Windows, the quickest way to start a session is through the Freedom desktop menu. From this menu, you can select the blocklists and devices you want to block for your Pomodoro session, and then select Start a Session and enter your preferred length of time (e.g., 25 minutes). After you've set this up, the app will remember your most recent settings on that device, so you'll be able to quickly start a session that blocks the same websites/apps, for the same amount of time, with two clicks.
Likewise, the iOS and Android apps will remember the most recent settings you used on that particular device for a Start Now session:
When you have a session in progress, a countdown timer is available if you'd like to see how much time you have left. To see this on Windows, hover your mouse over the Freedom menu icon. On Mac, click on the Freedom menu icon and check the top of the menu. On the mobile apps, you can see how much time is left from the sessions tab.
We hope this helps you effectively use Freedom with the Pomodoro technique! If you're having any difficulty, please feel free to send us an email at [email protected] or chat with us via the green chat bubble in the bottom right corner of the page. We're happy to help!