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Twelve Days of Integrations: PomoDone

Richard Huffaker

It’s that time of year again, though it may not quite feel it. The leaves have taken their time falling from the trees, department stores are playing “Happy Holidays” on a loop to almost entirely empty rooms, and I’m wearing a big pink hat I bought on Etsy last month because it makes not leaving my house feel slightly more festive. 

To celebrate, Shortcut is highlighting twelve of our integrations with a detailed write up alongside their own little digital snow globes. We hope you return every day to enjoy these posts alongside your tinglers and fuzzles, your dafflers and wuzzles, and your delicious pot (or Beyond meat) roasts  

Our eleventh featured integration is one that sounds almost like it belongs in a Festival of the Seven Fishes: PomoDone.

On the Eleventh Day of Integrations Shortcut brings to you, a way to get more work done while spending less time working with PomoDone.

Managing your time can be a huge task. Especially when working from home. And double especially when working from home during a global pandemic.

Work expands to fill the time we give it. If we don't manage our work and kinda three quarters do it throughout the day, it can easily grow to take up all of our time ad mental energy. Particularly when we're working in the same place where we eat and sleep and watch TV.

PomoDoneApp helps you manage this via the Pomodoro technique. As much as I'd like it to, since I'm writing this before dinner, this technique has nothing to do with lasagna (pomodoro is Italian for tomato). Instead, it's a system in which you give yourself a set amount of time to focus on your tasks -- usually around 25 minutes, but there’s no need to use this exact number -- followed by a 10 or however many minute break to do whatever you like.

A two hour work session using the pomodoro technique might look like this:

  1. Set timer for 45 minutes. 
  2. Take 15 minute break. 
  3. Set timer for 25 minutes. 
  4. Take 5 minute break. 
  5. Set timer for 25 minutes. 
  6. All done!   

The Promodone app manages all this for you while enabling you to choose which of your Shortcut Stories you want to work on using this technique. It even keeps track of the amount of time you put into each of your Stories.

How does it work? 

As Pomodone describes it in on their own blog:

You simply chunk up your day or a Story into small time slots - and the app keeps you focused on the task, reminding you to take a break.

PomoDone users. The app is integrated into your org, so you can plan and track your team’s stories, too.

Time tracking. With Shortcut, you can plan your every Story; PomoDone provides a detailed placeholder for where time is spent. In this way, you can find out which story, bug, feature or tasks consume the most effort.

Prioritize meaningful projects. You can set up PomoDone to track only those Shortcut Stories you’re interested in.

To set it up, you first need to create an API Token for Pomodone from within Shortcut.

API Token

Generating an API Token in Shortcut

Then you'll want to select the Shortcut integration within Pomodone, copy and paste your API key in place, and then start using the integration.

Pomodone made a great 1 minute video walking through the short process. Give it a watch:

With Shortcut and PomoDoneApp you can more things done than ever before, while also freeing up extra time to spend not getting anything done at all. And that's always nice.

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