Digital Tools for Graduate School: Time

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Time Yourself!

Whether you need to time a speech you are about to give or need a tool to keep you from procrastinating on an assignment, these timers will get the job done!

Procrastinatorr (iOS Only)

When you need to get work done, set the timer for the amount of time that you wish to be un-distracted, and place your phone off to the side. If your distractive tendencies prompt you to leave the timer screen to procrastinate, you will receive a constant and un-ignorable stream of twenty sassy notifications until you return to the timer screen. Thus, your focus will be restored.

Speak Clock (iOS Only)

Speak Clock offers helpfully huge fonts to help you keep track of time from a distance and without squinting.  It can be configured for different talk time periods.

Brain Focus Productivity Timer (Android Only)

Brain Focus is a time-management application helping you get things done. Not only does it time you during your "work" and "break" sessions, but allows you to track how long you worked on each task you've identified.

Toastmaster Timer (Android Only)

Based off the role of the Timer in a Toastmaster meeting. While it's as easy to use as a stopwatch, it does a lot more. During a speech, when it's time to show the green, yellow or red light to a speaker, the app causes screen to rapidly blink. The blinking screen is very noticeable.  


A free desktop timer for the Pomodoro Technique available for both Mac and Windows.

Strict Workflow

Chrome Extension: Enforces a 25min/5min workflow: 25 minutes of distraction-free work, followed by 5 minutes of break. Repeat as necessary.

Marinara Timer

A free desktop timer that works three different ways: traditional pomodoro timer, a kitchen timer, and a customizable timer to match a particular need.

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