Forcing myself to take Pomodoro breaks

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I’m awful at taking breaks once I get in the zone, but I’ve noticed that this is counter-productive by the end of the day.  What’s “in the zone” earlier in the day ends up being staring at the screen by the end of the day.

So today, I hacked together a solution. At the end of each Pomodoro, my Pomodoro software loads calm.com in full screen, and starts the 2-minute mediation thingy. What a wonderful way to break away!

  • Update: Much simpler way!

You can run this little AppleScript, which gives you a 10 and 20 minute warning in Growl, then runs Calm.com after 25 minutes.

Copy this into AppleScript Editor. Modify the script if you like. Then File -> Export and save it as an Application called Countdown. You can run Countdown whenever you start a Pomodoro.

-- Wait 10 minutes before the first warning (change this if you want) delay 10 * 60 growlNotification("10 minutes elapsed.") -- Wait another 10 minutes for another warning delay 10 * 60 growlNotification("5 minutes to go.") -- After 25 minutes, load calm.com delay 5 * 60 makeMeCalm()

on makeMeCalm() do shell script “open ‘/Applications/Google Chrome.app’ http://calm.com” tell application “Google Chrome” to activate tell application “System Events” keystroke “f” using {command down, shift down} delay 8 keystroke tab keystroke tab keystroke tab keystroke tab delay 1 keystroke return end tell end makeMeCalm

on growlNotification(message) tell application “System Events” set isRunning to (count of (every process whose bundle identifier is “com.Growl.GrowlHelperApp”)) > 0 end tell

if isRunning then
	tell application id "com.Growl.GrowlHelperApp"
		-- Make a list of all the notification types 
		-- that this script will ever send:
		set the allNotificationsList to ¬
			{"Timer", "Another Timer"}
		
		-- Make a list of the notifications 
		-- that will be enabled by default.      
		-- Those not enabled by default can be enabled later 
		-- in the 'Applications' tab of the Growl preferences.
		set the enabledNotificationsList to ¬
			{"Timer"}
		
		-- Register our script with growl.
		-- You can optionally (as here) set a default icon 
		-- for this script's notifications.
		register as application ¬
			"Growl Timer" all notifications allNotificationsList ¬
			default notifications enabledNotificationsList ¬
			icon of application "Script Editor"
		
		--       Send a Notification...
		notify with name ¬
			"Timer" title ¬
			"Timer" description ¬
			message application name "Growl Timer"
		
	end tell
end if end growlNotification </code>

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