Its interesting to see that even a tiny application can actually significantly help your daily productivity.
Human beings typically have a attention/focus span of less than 20 minutes. This gets even worse in todays live streaming Internet content. Basically we are bombarded with emails, chat messages, forum updates, client calls, Internet jokes, etc. throughout our work day. This gets even worse if you work in “open space” environment, where disturbances can become very frequent (the “open space” vs offices discussion is another, but longer discussion).
However I found this little AIR application: Focus Booster that uses the Pomodoro Technique which actually does nothing more than time 25 min. intervals and 5 minute breaks. The intervals can be configured for your personal preference. Using it does make me more productive or at least feel more productive. Furthermore it is very interesting to see how much you actually are focused during a normal work day!
Using the Pomodoro Technique also fits really good into an Agile development, like Scrum.
We all work differently, so it is important to find the tool/work method that helps you be more productive.