Seize your Time

October 25, 2019

I started working on MindfulPomodoro.com, a tool to help people make the most of their time.

How so? Mindful Pomodoro combines the Pomodoro technique and a bell of mindfulness in one browser extension.

A bell of mindfulness is a practice inspired by Thich Nhat Hanh from the famous Plum Village, 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.

The Pomodoro technique is a productivity tool used in time management. A timer is set to break down work into intervals, traditionally 25 minutes in length, separated by short breaks. The objective is to dedicate each unit of time to one single task, to improve the practitioner’s focus.

Mindful Pomodoro combines the two concepts to come up with a way to help you become more aware of how you spend your time. As Seneca puts it in On the Shortness of Life, it’s not that we don’t have enough time, it’s just that we use it poorly.

It’s going to be a product I’ll use on a daily basis myself, so I’m going to improve it over time. I want to quickly release it, so I decided to go with a browser extension.

Then, I’ll slowly move toward a Progressive Web App at the crossroads between RescueTime, a Pomodoro app, a website blocker, and a mindfulness bell app.

I’m still not sure about the business model. Either a one-time payment with a free trial, or a freemium model (pay once to go premium).

If the idea interests you, go check out the website and leave your email address!