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Pace yourself

Stay refreshed and uninjured with this helpful workplace break reminder.

The ubiquity of computers in the workplace has created a legion of workers who spend long days typing and staring at screens, often to the detriment of their bodies and their productivity. Oh, we know we should take breaks to rest our eyes, wrists, and minds, but that's difficult to do when the work seems never-ending and deadlines are looming. WorkPace is an ingenious program that reminds--or forces--you to take periodic breaks, ensuring that both your mind and body have a chance to refresh themselves.

The program is extremely well-designed, and first-time users will find a thorough introductory video as well as a configuration wizard to help them get started. We especially liked the wizard, which asks users about their work habits and creates a schedule of breaks that best suits them. The program determined that given our particular work style, we should take a 7-second "micropause" every 6 minutes, and a 6-minute break every 50 minutes. Users can choose how strict they want the program to be; it can simply remind you that it's time to take a break, or it can lock your keyboard and force you to take one. The program also provides exercises that users can perform during their breaks, and daily and weekly time limits can be set on how much the user works. The program's built-in Help file is well-written and thorough. Overall, we were impressed with WorkPace; it's packed with features and is quite customizable, making it a serious asset for overworked computer users.

WorkPace has a 30-day trial period. It comes as a ZIP file but installs and uninstalls without issues. We recommend this program to all users.

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