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Oct 21, 2019 17:32:17

Mindful Pomodoro

by @basilesamel PATRON | 258 words | 380🔥 | 428💌

Basile Samel

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Time flies. You make New Year's resolutions, and the next moment it's November. I'm not particularly mindful during the day. I didn't reach peak productivity either.

I thought a lot about how to become more mindful of my time over the last five years. I tried RescueTime for a month and it opened my eyes. I waste a lot of time browsing Youtube and social media websites - up to 2 hours a day, sometimes more. 

Then I tried using a Pomodoro technique but I was not very consistent with it.

Last year I stumbled upon the concept of bell of mindfulness, used in the famous Plum Village near my hometown for the monks and pilgrims to practice mindfulness. The idea is to ring a bell every 15 minutes to remind us to breathe and to bring back our attention to the present moment.

I want to build a product that would combine Pomodoro and bell of mindfulness, while adding more productivity features similar to the ones we can find in RescueTime. I will call it Mindful Pomodoro (mindfulpomodoro.com), and it will be my ultimate time management tool.

I'm gonna release a MVP next week. At first, it'll only be a simple countdown playing a bell sound every 15 minutes, available as a browser extension. It'll be enough to get into the habit. Then, I'll add a server to display some analytics: number of cycles, total hours spent, etc.

Hopefully, this little app will help me reduce the time I spend procrastinating.

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    @basilesamel oh awesome you're building it out now! 👍 Looking forward to seeing it.

    Curious: any reason why you chose a browser extension? Tbh, I'd been looking for such an app but as a menu bar app for Mac. Currently using 2 free separate menu bar apps (one for timer and one for bell) for my setup and wishing the friction could be less..almost feel like making my own!

    Jason Leow avatar Jason Leow | Oct 22, 2019 21:32:04
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      @jasonleow I don't have a Mac so can't do that :( Do it! :D

      Basile Samel avatar Basile Samel | Oct 22, 2019 15:43:05
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      @basilesamel haha will think about it! Anyhow, why browser extension for you? (instead of say, a web/Win/mobile app?)

      Jason Leow avatar Jason Leow | Oct 22, 2019 21:53:14
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      @jasonleow Smallest time-to-market. Just Javascript and everyone use a browser. Web wouldn't work because you have to go to the website each time. Mobile is trickier because you need to wait a long time for app store approval.

      Basile Samel avatar Basile Samel | Oct 22, 2019 16:01:41
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      @basilesamel nice, makes sense. Great way to quickly validate product-market fit. Much of work is happening on browser anyway.. Can't wait to see it! 👍

      Jason Leow avatar Jason Leow | Oct 22, 2019 22:04:46
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    @basilesamel I love this idea. Looking forward to trying it out! 💙

    carlos beas avatar carlos beas | Oct 21, 2019 13:01:53
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      @carlosbeas Awesome! :D Will send an invite

      Basile Samel avatar Basile Samel | Oct 21, 2019 21:51:38
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    @basilesamel I have used Pomadoro over the years with varying success. I do remember reading on Viperchill - http://www.viperchill.com/simple-productivity-tool/ - about using some accountability a bit like a streak to show how many you have completed.

    Twizzle avatar Twizzle | Oct 21, 2019 17:01:19
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      @twizzle Cool article, I like the idea of a streak.

      Basile Samel avatar Basile Samel | Oct 21, 2019 21:52:43
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      @basilesamel @twizzle I used the mentioned App quite some time. For me, Pomodoro works, but I need to stick to it. So I abandoned the app for now, as it was distracting me :)

      A few months back I backed a Kickstarter Campaign which has an hourglass for 25 minutes. It should arrive in the next weeks. I'll try to use it at work, not only to keep me working but also to show my co-workers I'm currently in "focus"-mode and don't want to be distracted.

      Philipp Haidenbauer avatar Philipp Haidenbauer | Oct 24, 2019 09:29:18
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