Time Out - Break Reminders

Developer: Dejal Systems, LLC

Current Version: 2.3

Last Updated: 2 months ago

Download Size: 10.6 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.


Release Notes:

• Added an option to the Break Appearance preferences page to enable displaying the number of times a break has been postponed, skipped, and/or done each day, so you know how "good" you're being today.
• Also added options to enable limiting the number of times a break can be postponed and/or skipped each day. Useful if you find those buttons too hard to resist, but still want them there sometimes.
• Added an option to the Break Name preferences page to show the break label as a miniature pie chart of today's postponed/skipped/done counts.
• Added and updated several break themes.
• Several changes and fixes for High Sierra compatibility, and other improvements.


Most Helpful Reviews

Version 1.6.5
Review by stay-at-home-writer

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!!

Found helpful by 41 out of 42 people
Version 1.6.3
Review by gesarian

major bug - I have a logitech wireless keyboard & mouse. this app disables the click function on the mouse until shutdown!!!

Found helpful by 1 out of 6 people

More Reviews for Current Version

Version 2.3
Review by harshit_joshi

Very good design. - Neat design. Love the way small hearts pop up.

Found helpful by 0 out of 0 people