Staying focused throughout the work day can be challenging, especially with the internet ever-ready to distract us, but there are time management techniques to help, and makes use of one of the most famous.
Known as the Pomodoro Technique, this involves working for roughly 25 minutes, then taking a roughly 5-minute break, then after 4 work periods getting a longer break of at least 15 minutes.
Tide lets you customize the exact lengths of work and break periods, then essentially works as an elegant timer, with a soothing appearance and optionally nature sounds to help you get into the work zone.
It sounds an alarm after each work or break period, but waits for you to tap to start the next one rather than automatically transitioning, which is handy, since you might not be at an ideal stopping point. It also gives you the option to skip a break altogether.
We found the app gives you all the controls you might want, but importantly the technique itself is effective, as it seems a lot easier to focus and avoid distractions when you know a break is never more than 25 minutes away.