Executive Functioning Tools and Resources

There are many tools and strategies that can help with organization, attention, focus, planning, and prioritization. The following are some tools our learning specialists love and use at the Schwab Learning Center.

Pomodoro Technique

The Pomodoro Technique was developed by Francesco Cirillo in the late 1980s. Each interval is a pomodoro, the Italian word for tomato, named for the tomato-shaped kitchen timer that Cirillo used as a university student. The Pomodoro technique uses a timer, typically for 25 minutes, to alternate focused work sessions with frequent short breaks.

Pomodoro Timer Apps

Tool: Pomodor
What is it? Pomodoro Timer with Time log. Web-based app.

Tool: Marinara Timer
What is it? Pomodoro timer and other customizable timers, the timer links can be shared for virtual groups & co-working. Web-based app.

Task Managers Apps With Pomodoro Timers

Tool: Amazing Marvin
What is it? Customizable task manager and daily planner with timer features.  This requires a subscription, but there is a 30-day free trial.

Tool: Engross
What is it? Pomodoro timer and to-do list. Free download from Apple’s App Store or Google Play.

Tool: KanBanFlow
What is it? KanBan Board Task Manager with Pomodoro timer. This tool has a powerful free version and a premium, paid version.

Expert Tip

Add these tools or sites to your browser start page or pin them to your task bar so they are easy-to-access. This will provide a visual cue to start a timer or reminder to check your schedule and do the task list for the day.

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