Org Pomodoro and Polybar
The Pomodoro Technique
The pomodoro technique is a time management system where you do focused work for a set period of time (usually 25 minutes), take a quick break (usually 5 minutes), and then start again. It’s great for boosting productivity because you can hold yourself accountable to finishing a pomodoro once you start it.
It was about time to get pomodoro working with org-mode. Luckily there’s an awesome package, org-pomodoro, that let’s you do just that.
How The Package Works
There’s only one command exposed by the org-pomodoro package:
org-pomodoro. If you don’t have an active pomodoro, calling
org-pomodoro will start a timer (25 minutes by default) and clock in to the currently focused task. Once the timer runs out, a noise will be played and you will be clocked out of your task. 5 minutes later, another noise will be played to let you know that the break is over. It’s then up to you to start another pomodoro by calling
If you call
org-pomodoro when you already have a pomodoro going, you will be prompted with whether or not you want to stop your running timer.
On spacemacs the keybindings for
SPC m C p or
, C p.
The alert noise is nice, but doesn’t always catch my attention, especially if I have my computer muted.
Luckily it’s easy to customize org-pomodoro to use libnotify so that you get visual notifications alongside the auditory ones:
A common alternative to the 25 - 5 pomodoro settings is 50 - 10. I find that 50 - 10 works better for me. Again it’s a quick change:
Connecting to Polybar
At this point we have a working org-pomodoro, but we can see the remaining time on the timer when we are using emacs. Believe it or not sometimes I am working outside of emacs, but I still want access to the time left. We can use emacsclient to make this happen:
Now we can run
emacsclient -e '(ruborcalor/org-pomodoro-time)' from the terminal and get the remaining time on the org-pomodoro timer.
To connect it to polybar, create the following shell script:
and then add it to your polybar config (remember to include
pomodoro in your polybar modules):
I hope this helps you get up and running with org-pomodoro. Let me know if you come across any further customization improvements!