Someone the other day posted about an online timer and it came at the perfect time for me. I had a report to write and I was putting it off. The idea behind mytomatoes is simple - work for 25 minutes, have 5 minutes off.
It really is simple, simple, simple. When you go to the site you'll see a lovely big button that says "start tomato". This gets the 25 minute timer going. (Why tomato? It's like a novelty kitchen timer). At the end of the 25 minutes you'll hear a buzzing sound. You will see a flashing background - click on it and it asks you "what did you do". You write a couple of words, press enter and your 5 mins of break starts. The buzzer goes off at the end of that, and it's time to get back to work.
This REALLY helped with my report writing. 25 minutes is not too long, and the 5 minute break gets you up and doing - it's amazing what you can do in 5 mins (wash up, do a load of laundry, get dressed....). Can you tell I love the concept?