Time Out - Break Reminders
Developer: Dejal Systems, LLC
Current Version: 2.2.1
Last Updated: 6 months ago
Download Size: 9.3 MB - Download
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.
- Fixed schedule adjustments after waking from sleep (it was incorrectly adding the sleep duration to the due time).
- Fixed handling of an Available range when the frequency is daily or longer (e.g. for a daily lunchtime break).
Most Helpful Reviews
Helping me take my life back!! - I am a writer who works from home. Until starting to use this software, I would take breaks from my writing, but always still sitting at my computer. For instance, I'd take a break by reading CNN, browsing the web, playing a game etc., which means I never left my screen. Since installing this simple app, however, I am breaking this awful habit. And it's quite amazing what I can get done in the breaks. The bed is made, my clothes are all put away, I break to eat healthy meals, my place is clean, I move around which loosens up my legs and hips and neck. And when I come back to work after the 10 minute break, I get a lot more done. I'm much more focused. I also realize how much time I was frittering away. No wonder I always felt like I never had time for things! I highly recommend this program. It has changed my life. Thank you Time Out!!
major bug - I have a logitech wireless keyboard & mouse. this app disables the click function on the mouse until shutdown!!!
More Reviews for Current Version
I like it - I like the flexibility of this app. I can choose how often to take a break, how long the breaks should be, and whether or not I can skip a break. The only negative is that if I leave my desk for a time, I can’t figure out how to make the system reset to make all the breaks start from 0 when I return.
Indispensable - I recently had some kind of bug that kept Time Out from automatically logging in on one of my computers. I soon found out that I had to stop working after a couple of hours; my body wouldn’t keep functioning without the regular stretching and eye resting that Time Out prompts. I contacted David, the developer, and he not only responded immediately, but continued corresponding with me to sort out the problem. This app is a gem, far more valuable than the negligible (and entirely optional) amount David suggests users contribute.
Infinitely Custimizable - I’ll echo the other reviews singing the praises of Time Out. It is a simple concept done exceptionally well. One of the great things is all of the custimization options. Be sure to explore all the settings. For example, you can make it run as a menu bar icon instead of full app (requires minimal one-time payment), it can trigger scripts- I have it take a screenshot every hour so I can look back at what I was working on, and so much more.
Better than other pomodoro timers - I’ve tried several pomodoro timers (a technique for taking regular breaks to improve productivity), but this one has been the most effective for me. The break reminder gradually covers the screen, so I’m rushed to finish my last sentence in an email or whatever I’m working on and hit send. Perfect counter to my futile perfectionism!
This app runs my life... - …or at least the 70% of my life I spend in front of a computer screen. This app reflects the simplemindedness the world needs a lot more of. There is no attempt to be everything anybody ever imagined. It has one task and it does it well with an appropriate amount of grace and charm. I especially like the developer’s pricing philosophy: use the basic product as long as you like at no charge. If you feel it’s worthwhile, send along a modest sum and get a few extra features. If you don’t feel it’s worth paying for don’t pay. You won’t get harassed with regular “suggestions” to pay, and you won’t see ads. If nothing else this shows the developer’s confidence in the value of what he’s offering. This is a good piece of software.