Welcome to our series of RoundPie interviews, where we show you the people who use RoundPie and their stories. Our users will tell you...

  • how they use RoundPie
  • why they track time and use the Pomodoro method
  • what kind of results they were able to achieve

Liz Hardwick, Co-Founder, International Speaker and Trainer at DigiEnable

Liz Hardwick: Co-Founder, International Speaker and Trainer at DigiEnable

What is your name and what do you do?

Hi, I’m Liz Hardwick and I’m Co-Founder, International Speaker and Trainer at DigiEnable . DigiEnable is a Digital Training and SEO Services company based in Lancashire and supports many businesses and non-profit organisations across the UK and beyond.

I help businesses and organisations be more digitally savvy and visible online, supporting a more productive and engaging future world of work.

When have you started using RoundPie?

I’ve been using the Pomodoro technique for around 6 years. I was 2 years into running my new business and I had that massive feeling of overwhelm, so much to do, a million things on the to-do-list and a distinct lack of knowing what to do first. I spent the next couple of years reading all the productivity books I could get my hands on, downloading hundreds of different apps, and trying loads of different techniques. The shortest book ended up being the most useful – Eat That Frog by Brian Tracy – this was where I was introduced to Pomodoro and the rest is history.

I’ve been using RoundPie now for a couple of months and I love it. I previously used an Android only app which was fabulous called Task Timer Calendar, but it didn’t have a web or Windows interface, and about 6 months ago, it started having errors and now has been removed from the app store… So I went on a 4 hour mission to find the next Pomodoro app for my tasks, and found RoundPie.

A favourite feature has to be the integrations – which makes life so much simpler and automates some of the faff you get with trying to be productive with technology.

Liz Hardwick, International Speaker and Trainer at DigiEnable: Productivity Use Cases

What is the main reason you track your time and use the Pomodoro technique?

I’m very picky when it comes to my processes and apps. I like to be super organised and be able to record and analyse my stats, so RoundPie was a great find!

I like to track my time to be able to reflect weekly and monthly on where my time is being spent – if I’m not doing enough days in the office as Pomodoro days, I know I’m not having as productive week as I should be. I can also look back on what tasks have soaked up my time and what I should be spending more time on – all from a glance in my calendar. Using the Pomodoro Technique helps you focus on answering the question “right what next?!”, pick a task, set the timer and get it done. This helps me get much more done in a day, as it helps focus at the start of each Pomodoro on the next task. Over time, you also learn how long tasks will take – for example emails=2 Pomodoros a day.

I used to work in live broadcasting and there were instant on-air deadlines, if you didn’t finish something on time, you had dead air. Then when I started my business I no longer had those super-urgent deadlines and I found lack of deadlines increased my procrastination! So I now use Pomodoro as a way of making myself a mini deadline – 25 minutes to try and zero my inbox – it gets really competitive.

I now run workshops in using productivity techniques and technology and I’m always learning off others – one of our clients recently told me they now do group Pomodoro’s, which has massively helped their productivity in their open plan office – what a team effort!

How do you most commonly use RoundPie?

As I speak at events and I’m regularly out and about, I use RoundPie mainly when I’m at my desk, doing admin, marketing, business planning, projects etc. I usually use the Windows app, and really like seeing the tiny number counting down in the task bar to keep me on track!

I select one of my tasks from my to-do list app ToDoist, always pick the traditional 25 minutes and hit go. If I complete a task I have it setup to sync back to my ToDoist so I’m not duplicating actions in multiple apps.

What kind of results have you achieved by tracking your time?

If I use the Pomodoro technique throughout my week, increase my productivity and reduce procrastination, I can if I’ve been good, take Fridays off – meaning I can take my 5 day working week, down to 4. It doesn’t always work, and if I’m having a busy week outside of the office, it’s much harder to section time up, but it’s a great way to self-motivate, extra day off work a week anyone?!

Liz Hardwick, International Speaker and Trainer at DigiEnable: Productivity Use Cases

What is your favorite RoundPie feature(s)?

I LOVE the fact that each RoundPie segment can be noted as a bespoke formatted Google Calendar event item via Zappier – this is the number one reason I use this app!

Your best tip for tracking time or using the Pomodoro technique?

Setup some Local Tasks in RoundPie – not everything we do always links with a specific item in your to-do-list so I have some simple generic tasks to select from that I never “complete” – that way I can still track my time doing “Emails” “Social Media” “Planning” or “On-Business” and can then see those easily in my calendar alongside all my one-off tasks.

Liz Hardwick,
Co-Founder, International Speaker and Trainer at DigiEnable
Preston, United Kingdom
DigiEnable Podcast - May 2019

If you would like to be featured in this interview series as well, please contact us at info@theroundpie.com, for a chance to show:

  • your Pomodoro Technique and RoundPie story about productivity
  • your name and photo
  • link to your website

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