You deserve a break. Easy break reminders, with flexible customization if you want it.
It is very easy to fall into bad habits when using a computer for hours on end. You care about what you are doing, so can sometimes push yourself too far, or over-strain yourself. The human body isn't built to sit in one position for endless hours, gripping a mouse or typing on the keyboard. Dejal Time Out is here to help. It will gently remind you to take a break on a regular basis.
Time Out comes with two kinds of breaks: a "Normal" break, typically for 10 minutes every hour, so you can move about and relax, plus a "Micro" break: a very brief pause of typically 15 seconds every 15 minutes, so you can remember not to tense up too much for long periods. You can change, disable or remove either kind of break if desired, and add new kinds of breaks, e.g. fixed lunch or afternoon breaks.
You can configure how long each kind of break lasts, and how long between breaks, and the breaks can be set to count backwards when you take a natural break, e.g. when you go away from your computer.
Version 2 features customizable break themes, with several variations to show during breaks. These themes can be edited if desired, using standard HTML.
While in a break, a progress bar shows how long till it is over, and buttons are available to postpone or skip the break if you can't be interrupted right then.
What's more, you can optionally perform various actions before, during or after breaks. You can display a notification, play a sound, speak some text, run a script, and more.
• Added a Statistics page under Activity, that includes a summary of breaks and a line chart of the number of times a break was postponed, skipped, or done in a day, or the total duration of breaks.
• Option to disable buttons for a few seconds, to help break a habitual clicking of the buttons; to encourage you to consider if you really need to skip a break.
• Advanced option to change the amount of time the computer isn't being used to count as a natural break.
• Refined the break scheduler.
• Enhanced postpone and skip limits.
• Preferences window tweaks.
• Plus other improvements. Read the release notes on the Updates page in the app for full details.
Ratings and Reviews
The best there is...
I’ve been having neck problems for quite some time now, even gone acupuncture and chiropractic to try to fix my constant slouching since I’m in front of the computer for long periods of time without taking breaks. I downloaded this in hopes of getting reminded that I do need to take a break here and there. So far I believe it has helped me, granted I’ve only had it for a few days. I like the idea that when the notification pops up, it stays on top of all the bazzillion applications I have running which then forces me to take a break for xx seconds or xx minutes depending on how I had the application configured. In certain situations such as when I’m presenting, I can easily postpone the notifications for 5 or 10 minutes - this feature is useful because while it can be disruptive - it also reminds me that I still need to stretch my neck or take a break.
Tip: for those having neck fatigue of pain, when the notification alerts you that a break is needed, don’t just walk away - but actually excercise or stretch your tense muscles - it helps a lot more and keep those bones from crystalizing…
Excellent design, simple app
There’s been a lot of recent health research proving that taking frequent breaks is necessary for those who spend significant time in front of a computer. If you neglect or forget to take your eyes off the screen or get up to move around a bit, this app is for you!
I’m super-critical of software design, and I’m impressed with Time Out. It fixes all the things wrong with all the other break timers I’ve tried, plus adds a lot of extra features without cluttering the UI. One of the best things not mentioned in the product description is that there are well written instructions in the app for all the features; there’s no guesswork.
The subscription model is unique. I like it. I’d like to see more of this because it’s a good compromise between the old method where you buy an app and pay for major upgrades at a discount, and the new renewing subscription model that forces you to pay for upgrades whether you want them or not. The free version is ad-free and the app is pretty good without the extras that expire without a subscription. I subscribed. The extras are easily worth the price!
This Ounce of Prevention is Worth a TON of Cure!
As a genealogist, I spend *hours* at my computer. That habit caught up with me in a big way. Because I kept my arms in the same position for long periods of time, I developed “frozen shoulder.” I could hardly move my right arm and shoulder –- and then only with extreme pain. It took months of physical therapy to get back to normal.
Even knowing that “frozen shoulder” could return, I tend to lose track of time when I’m using a computer. Enter "Time Out." I’ve set this wonderful app to remind me to move my arms and shoulders for at least 20 seconds every 20 minutes and to get up and walk around for at least 10 minutes every hour or so. What a difference! I don’t stiffen up, my arms and back don’t hurt, my eyes again focus quickly to see far-away objects, and I reconnect with the world, even if for just a short time.
I highly recommend the well-designed, easy-to-use “Time Out” app to anyone who uses a computer.
- Dejal Systems, LLC
- 10.7 MB
- Health & Fitness
- OS X 10.10 or later, 64-bit processor
- Age Rating
- You must be at least 17 years old to download this app.
- Unrestricted Web Access
- Infrequent/Mild Medical/Treatment Information
- © 2018 Dejal Systems, LLC
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