The Pomodoro Technique requires no introduction. It is a popular technique in the productivity space, being widely used by students and freelancers to manage their time effectively. It involves setting a timer for 25 minutes and working on a task until the timer goes off. Once the timer goes off, there is a break for 5 minutes. After the break is done, you start the next 25-minute Pomodoro. This cycle can be repeated until the task is completed.
You might already be using Notion as a task and project management tool. So, using the Pomodoro technique and Notion can help you stay focused and organized while working on a task.
In this post, we will discuss ways to incorporate Pomodoro timers into Notion. We’ll cover how to use timers, from simple notion embeds to dedicated third-party tools. Let’s get started!
Notion Pomodoro Widgets
Here we’ll be using third-party services where you need to signup for and get the embed-able link for Notion. An advantage of using a dedicated widget is that you will have better reliability on the site and wouldn’t worry about serving data as that is handled by the service itself.
Notion Block by Getkario.com
The Notion time block by getkario.com is a simple and fun way to track time on your Notion page. It adds more interactivity, color, and character to it. It also allows you to easily customize the colors to fit the theme of your page. You can also pause and play the timer, adding extra convenience.
Having a timer that is aesthetically pleasing and eye candy can be a good place for inspiration and starting the momentum needed to focus on the actual goal.
Blocs.me Pomodoro Timer
Blocs.me is yet another simple Pomodoro timer that stores session stats and generates reports. It allows you to create a timer for 25 minutes. You can also view reports for a specific day or week. The dashboard shows stats like which day of the week you’ve been productive and how many Pomodoros you have completed.
It is supposed to be released on Dec 10th. You can check their product roadmap here.
Here we are again making use of the “create embed” property. So, just copy the website design as you’d normally do. Head over to the Notion page, paste the link and select “create embed”.
If it wasn’t obvious by the name, Big Timer is a simple and minimal timer that can help with the Pomodoro Technique. It allows you to set a timer for 25 minutes and repeat it as many times as you need. The time is displayed in a large format. At the time of writing, this is available in the dark mode. To use this just grab the URL, paste it into Notion and select create embed.
Minimal Dark Theme Pomodoro Timer
If you are looking for something more simple and minimal, then this dark-themed Pomodoro timer is the one for you. It was created by Anythony teja and can be found here. You just have to copy the URL, and create and embed in Notion to start using it. It also has this neat feature where you can just click on the timer, and it will restart.
Dedicated time tracking tools
In this section, we’ll be going over a few more advanced and dedicated time-tracking tools that we can use along with Notion. The advantage of using these tools is that you’ll have much more extensibility.
Clockify is a reliable end-to-end time-tracking tool that can be used with Notion. This tool allows you to quickly set up and start a timer for tracking the amount of time you spend on a task. You can also link it to unique projects and teams. Clockify is also available on mobile devices, making it easy to track time on the fly.
To use Clockify with Notion, you need to have the extension installed. This will allow you to quickly start a time whenever you open a Notion page. The best part of using Clockify is that it can also generate detailed reports.
Everhour is another dedicated time-tracking service that can be used with Notion. It has over 260K customers, offering a wide range of features and integrations. The integrations with Notion include 40+ popular apps such as Asana, Trello, Basecamp, Jira, GitHub, and ClickUp. It also sync’s the data with Notion and generates dedicated reports.