Pomodoro technique RPG style

How to turn your work into literal game.

Pomodoro technique basics

Pomodoro technique based on repeating cycles - 25 minutes of work and 5 minutes of rest.
The reasons for this amount of minutes is that 25 minutes is long enough for to maintaining high focus - if work cycle will be shorter we will not be able to progress on the task if work cycle will be longer we will be tired quickly.Riding these waves of work and rest we will be able to complete amount of work that might be too difficult if work during one period of time.
This time management technique called Pomodorotechnique, you can read more at Pomodoro technique website or in this book.

Game idea

The idea of Pomodorim is to use rules of Role Playing Game to motivate in Pomodoro technique.

Pomodoro clock window

After downloading and installing Pomodorim you will see timer window.
Press [Go] button and it will starts cycles according to Pomodoro technique rules (first 25 minutes working time lasts then 5-minutes break),
than you will automatically enter next working cycle.
Pomodoro technique timer window
In addition to the timer on screen you can see parameters of game character:

  • Health - amount of damage character can take
  • ExpToLevelUp - experience needed for upgrade to next level
  • Current level - current level of the character
  • Cities Free - amount of cities saved from monsters.
Below timer is productivity line:
  • poms - amount of pomodori completed
  • avg/d -average of pomodori per day
  • gold - amount of gold coins earned

Game is easy to play

Pomodorium is build with productivity in mind - to play this game you have to be productive.
When you complete 25 minute pomodori in pomodoro technique you will get 25 'gold'.By Making real work you will accumulate gold in this game, and these coins will allow to strengthen your virtual character.
Pomodorium Menu
Click on bottom left Menu button to open main menu, that has following items:
[My character] - opens character screen:
character screen
On that screen you can change character picture and manage character equipment.

  • [Character inventory] items that character has and can use.
  • [Shop inventory] contains items that can be bought.
My character has two daggers I can start the journey.


Player starts from left corner city and go through the map and free all cities from monsters.
But you have to destroy all monsters in current city to move to another one.

On the right side of the screen there list of monsters we can attack.
Click on the Hunt to open battle screen.


On the battle screen we can see player and monsters data.
Click on Attack button to start. You can escape by clicking on Retreat button.
Also you can use special "*" items you can bring to the battle.
After defeating monster we can "experience" for upgrading character.

But to defeat stronger monster you have to be more productive and earn more gold.
After completing 4,8,12,16 pomodori player gets additional gold bonus.

Installing the pomodoro technique game


Pomodorium will be moved

Pomodorium will be moved and re-branded, temporary address will be http://pomodorium.blogspot.com . Changes will be posted here soon.


iPad Pomodoro timers

iPad Pomodoro timers

The following is a list of Pomodoro timer applications for iPad available in the Apple iTunes app store:
Name iTunes link Developer Website Description
Concentrate! timer itunes concentrate! link http://shimsite.com/ A sleek, general purpose timer that can be also be used for Pomodoro practice
Untime itunes link http://perceptor.nl/ A simple, all-purpose timer without Break capability
Egg Timer & Stopwatch egg-timer-stopwatch on itunes http://tod.fm/ An egg timer and stopwatch from a specialty software clock designer
Hocus Focus itunes link to hocus-focus vendor website A feature-heavy task management tool/Pomodoro timer.
Stoplight Clock itunes stoplight-clock link not available A simple, bright-colored timer without Break functionality

Pomodoro technique game for Mac OS X


Gamification part 2: working cycle or gold for work

When we start Pomodorium we see main application screen.This screen is showing timer (25:00) and  main statistic: 
poms: - amount of complete work cycles
avg/d - average work cycles per day
gold (100)- amount of gold

Before starting with gamification we should create list of things you are planning to accomplish (todo-list).
For me it will be to write these awesome posts :
1. write blogpost explaining character options
2. add description of game map and how to move through and what is the gamification goal
3. add more information about battle screen and battle tactics. 

Gold is very important in this game and the only way to get gold is to be productive and work on your tasks from to-do list.
Now to get gold I will have to select task from my todo list (I will be writing  post about character option screen)  and  click on Go button.
Timer starts counting minutes from 25 to 0 and I will be working on my task for 25 minutes.
When timer finished counting I will have a break and 25 'gold' will be added into main screen, now I have 125 gold.
Pomodoro timer and  Character screenAfter completing 25 minutes of work timer will be switched to 5 minutes break, so I can have 5 minutes break and when 5 minutes 
completed it will switch back to working mode and I will continue writing article and will get another 25 gold when completed.

In next post I will add information describing character screen.

How do you like application so far, is that too complex to play with ? 
Do you have any questions ? Please share your experience in comments !!!.