Commit 7eea67bd authored by Annika Backstrom's avatar Annika Backstrom

Draft: Miracle Cube Timer

parent 5028ab2e
Title: miracle-cube-timer
Slug: miracle-cube-timer
Summary: summary
Date: 2017-09-13 18:36
Category: Personal
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Status: draft
I'm really liking the "Miracle Cube Timer" by Datexx. It's dead-simple to use
(no buttons to press), and while it does have a countdown timer, it's very
small and easy to hide and won't distract.
Here are a few ways I've used this timer:
- **Quickly timebox an activity.** Sitting down to work on a meaty problem? Set
a 30 minute timer. If the timer goes off and you're not making progress,
figure out what needs to change.
- **Follow up on notifications.** When you get a 10 minute meeting reminder,
set a 5 minute timer on the cube. Find a stopping point on your current task
before those 5 minutes are up: when the timer goes off, that's your last
chance to stretch your legs, use the bathroom, or refill your drink.
- **Use the [Pomodoro technique][1].** Quickly create timers for 30 minute work
periods and 5 minute breaks without fiddling with apps on your phone or
computer. (Traditional Pomodoro uses 25 minute work/5 minute rest, but I
found the 5/15/30/60 timer less expensive and more aesthetically pleasing
than the red 5/10/20/25 timer.)
All these things are possible with any timer, but the simple, unobtrusive
interface of the cube doesn't break my concentration. I find myself reaching
for it often, if only just as a reminder that time is passing (say, reminding
myself that a meeting is half over).
[1]: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pomodoro_Technique
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