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 has two kinds of breaks: a "Normal" break, typically for 10 minutes after 50 minutes of work, so you can move about and relax, plus a "Micro" break: a very brief pause of typically 10 seconds every 10 minutes, so you can remember not to tense up too much for long periods.
You can configure how long each kind of break lasts, and how long between breaks, or disable each kind. Each Time Out is announced via the screen slowly dimming, with related graphics materializing, and when the break is complete, it fades out again. You can change the time these transitions take... and you can even change the color and the level of transparency during the break. So if you like, you can make it mostly transparent so you can continue reading while on your break... though it's better for you if you give your eyes a rest during the Time Out.
At the start and/or end of the break, you can optionally play a sound, and even run an Automator workflow, AppleScript, or application.
Time Out is released as Freeware. You are welcome to use it at no cost.
What's new in this version:
- Changes to be compatible with the Mac App Store.
- Time Out Free for the App Store requires Mac OS X 10.6 or later, and omits the built-in update mechanism, since updates are done via the App Store.
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All versions:4.8 stars
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Current version:4.5 stars
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"Helps me keep track of my working time!"
Version: Dejal Time Out 1.5.7
I can easily get caught up in my work (I'm a computer graphic designer) and I'd look up at the clock and it would be up to six hours later. This has brought on auras and migraines and I did research and found out that I needed regular breaks.
The breaks seem to come so quick, but I know that I NEED to take them, they are for my own good. There is an override button or a button that I can push my breaks off for 5 or 10 minutes (this would be a plus). So I really have NO cons!
I highly recommend this program for anyone like me who can get caught up in their computer work and miss meals. It is NOT good to continually be looking at the computer screen without stretching or getting up and eating a meal. Since I have installed this program I have NOT had any more auras!! I have taken the breaks, maybe pushing them off for 5 minutes but knowing one is coming up. This has been a very positive thing for me!
"Works For Me"
Version: Dejal Time Out 1.5.7
The 15-second break is great for stretching, or just as a reminder to check posture, change position. There's something friendly/silly about it that makes me more willing to go along with it than I thought I'd be.
there are no cons, unless you count getting used to the 10-minute break--never realized 10 minutes could be so long!
It's working for me
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