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Work From Home: 20 Tech Tips

Increase Productivity: Download a desktop timer.

A major problem telecommuters face is the onslaught of distractions at home. Why finish that project for your boss or client when the dishwasher needs to be emptied or you could be making a snack? A desktop timer can be remarkably effective at helping you to finish tasks. And since downloaded and installed timers don’t require an open Internet browser, you won’t be tempted to check your Facebook page or read the latest headlines.

For Mac users, Alarm Clock is a streamlined and simple desktop timer. The free software integrates with your computer’s menu bar, so it’s easy to find when deadlines are nearing. Use its stopwatch function to allocate bursts of time for specific tasks or its alarm clock function to remind yourself about meetings.

Users familiar with the Pomodoro technique, a productivity method that alternates between 25 minutes of work, short breaks, and task lists, might be excited to bring the famous tomato timer into their digital landscape with Tomighty. The free, open-source timer has a sleek design and is automatically programmed to follow the Pomodoro technique—no pens or paper required!

  • killerclick
    Nice... but too bad I'll soon have a Skyrim icon on my desktop. I don't suppose there's a program to block that?
  • I was just surfing for a To Do List App yesterday. Good timing! Thank you.
  • tomate2
    Some people may not even made a jump from Hotmail... Windows Live also have a calendar for those who use Hotmail... Don't use it very much, but I think its a pretty capable online calendar as well...
  • Really interesting article. Timers and self-restraint applications may be entering into my everyday quite soon.
  • archange
    So, were there 20 or 21 tips? :)
  • andywork78
    Evernote is great tool for followup.
    I use this tool for long time.
    Evernote for just take note down?
    You fail~ lol