A developer friend of mine, Toni Feltman, was Tweeting about reading the Pomodoro Technique. This technique is meant to increase productivity by focusing on a task uninterpted for 25 minute blocks, followed by a short break, and then repeating. Every four 25 minute blocks, you can take a longer break.
It was simple and it seemed to make sense to me. I need to increase my productivity, especially lately. I took this as a challenge and created a Pomodoro like software timer in REALbasic as an exercise. You can download it here for free. I hope this helps other people with their productivity too.
When I’m in a 25 minute block, I turn off my browser (unless I’m developing a web application!), turn off my email, and don’t answer the phone. So far, so good! Let me know if it works out for you!