We know that it is not good for the health when spending hour after hour in front of computer screen. This might effect our bodies negatively, e.g., stiff, throbbing, ...

Recess is really necessary. We need to take a short break to relax our body, for example, look outside, stand up, stretch the legs, and walk around a bit, ...

Sometime we forget to relax, even a small break. Recess App will remind regularly us to take breaks.

Pro version avoids waiting some seconds before showing statistics of more than 7 days, and allows to configure advanced options.

Recess lives in our menu bar!!!

What’s New

Version 4.1.1

Fix bugs and enhance performance

Ratings and Reviews

4.9 out of 5
143 Ratings
143 Ratings
timothi_banks ,

A+ Great App! Useful and Light Weight!

Useful and lightweight, Recess is a great little utility to help you manage your time / work intervals. I do web development and I often in the past, would lose track of my time, falling into my work routine to suddenly realize, with aching back and neck, that I’d been in a contortion at the keyboard for far too long. With Recess I set myself regular breaks to get up, move around, or step back from the computer for a few minutes. The mini-breaks gives me better productivity in the long run without burning me out. I also use it to manage work chunks, quickly being able to move up or down the work duration timer. A count-down pop-up displays as you’re nearing your break. I still tend to “pause” it, if I am sometimes amidst my work flow — or I’ll slide the timer back up a few minutes to give myself more time to get to a stopping point. A really elegant tool and worth at least $0.99 IMHO if not more! But I’m glad I got it for free for now =) …what more could you ask for?

Also: Note: You can change the Recess break and resume work sounds, by going into Preferences, and clicking the “break” and “work” blue links. I changed mine to a zen singing bowl and gong! Really cool! This only adds to my dev setup and now I’ve got the productivity flow of pro because of this tool! Thank you Nguyen!

mochi227 ,

Simple, lightweight, does what it’s supposed to

We all know sitting is the new smoking. If you need a reminder to get up every so often, this app will do it (but it’s still up to you to actually pay attention to the reminder and MOVE!!!). This app is simple, lightweight, lives in my task bar and does what it is intended to do. I wouldn’t change a thing about it. I work remotely and am also a yoga teacher. My day is partially sedentary and partially active. During the sedentary periods, which can span 4-8 hours, I have Recess set to give me a 7 minute break after every 33 minutes of seated work. During my 7 minutes, I stretch, clean something, do a small domestic chore, pet my dog, whatever so long as I am not sitting. 7 minutes is actually a good amount of time. I was able to put all my laundry away and clean a few plates in 7 minutes. There is also research about how frequent breaks are necessary. This unstructured time is necessary for your mind to process. Think of the short breaks during the day as data defragging. Your mind will be better structured and run more effeciently with frequent breaks without work.

reepicheep07 ,

Lightweight, efficient

This is a good, lightweight app at reminding one to take a break. I say “lightweight” because one just sees its icon in the title bar, and at a glance one can see how long it is until the next break.
My only complaint is that when it’s almost time to start a break, it warns the user of that 10 seconds before, and it steals my cursor focus. That does have the good effect of forcing me to notice that a break is coming. However, I can’t finish typing the sentence I’m typing without taking a hand off the keyboard to use the mouse to get the focus back onto the window I’m working in — that’s annoying. The user can change the length of time between breaks and the length of the break, but I wish the user could also change the time between the warning and the actual break from 10 seconds to, say, 30 seconds. I usually like to note (on my computer) that I’m taking a break and save my work before I get up. 10 seconds (less because I have to use the mouse to get focus back) is just barely time for that.
But this is my favorite take-a-break app.

Developer Response ,

Hi, to avoid stealing the cursor focus, pls tick on option "Keep this popover on top".


Nguyen Huu Nghia
1.4 MB

OS X 10.10 or later, 64-bit processor


English, French, Russian, Simplified Chinese

Age Rating
Rated 4+
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