Timeboxing your tasks is a solution to deal with procrastination. Simply put, you block out a short period of time to work on something and commit to it, whether you complete your task or not.

Habit Daemon provides a Focus Timer to enable distraction-free slots of time to work in. This is based on the Pomodoro technique, used to combat procrastination.

The Pomodoro Technique is a time management method developed by Francesco Cirillo in the late 1980s.The technique uses a timer to break down work into intervals, traditionally 25 minutes in length, separated by short breaks. Each interval is known as a pomodoro, from the Italian word for ‘tomato’, after the tomato-shaped kitchen timer that Cirillo used as a university student

There are six steps in the original technique:

  1. Decide on the task to be done.
  2. Set the pomodoro timer (traditionally to 25 minutes)
  3. Work on the task.
  4. End work when the timer rings and put a checkmark on a piece of paper.
  5. If you have fewer than four checkmarks, take a short break (3–5 minutes) then return to step 2; otherwise continue to step 6.
  6. After four pomodoros,(a pomodoro is the interval of time spent working). take a longer break (15–30 minutes), reset your checkmark count to zero, then go to step 1 

The goal of the technique is to reduce the impact of internal and external interruptions on focus and flow.


Many people have proposed variations on this technique and we suggest you find your own. Habit Daemon provides a focus timer, that you can set to whatever duration you like. 

If you have set a duration for a Habit, you can complete your focus time before checking off your habit chain.
Habit Daemon also provides you with an alarm to set a reminder if you like to do your task at a certain time of day.

Experiment with some sessions and build your method.