Time Out - Break Reminders

Time Out - Break Reminders for PC and Mac

Written by Dejal Systems, LLC


  • Category: Health & Fitness
  • Licence: Free
  • Software version: 2.8.1
  • File size: 14.03 MB
  • Compatibility: Available on Windows 11, Windows 10, Windows 8, Windows 7, Vista and Mac OS 10, 11 10.10
  • How it works | What is Time Out - Break Reminders?


Whatʹs Great

1. 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.

2. 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.

3. 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.

4. The app features customizable break themes, with several variations to show during breaks.

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Time Out - Break Reminders Features and Description


Key Features

Latest Version: 2.8.1

  • Licence: Free


  • What does Time Out - Break Reminders do? 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. The app 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.

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    Software Installation Requirements


    PC Compactibility/Requirements for Installation

    Compactible OS list:
    1. Windows 11
    2. Windows 10
    3. Windows 8.1
    4. Windows 7
    5. Windows Vista

    Requirements for MacOS Installation

    Intel, 64-bit processor, OS X 10.7 or later.

    Compactible OS list:
    1. OS X 10.10: Yosemite
    2. OS X 10.11: El Capitan
    3. macOS 10.12: Sierra
    4. macOS 10.13: High Sierra
    5. macOS 10.14: Mojave8
    6. macOS 10.15: Catalina
    7. macOS Big Sur (macOS 11)

    FAQs


    Time Out - Break Reminders - Is it safe to download?

    Yes. The app is 100 percent (100%) safe to download and Install. Our download links are from safe sources and are frequently virus scanned to protect you

    Software Reviews and Critisims


    • By stuckfly
      5

      Excellent design, simple app

      There’s been a lot of recent health research proving that taking frequent breaks is necessary for those who spend significant time in front of a computer. If you neglect or forget to take your eyes off the screen or get up to move around a bit, this app is for you! I’m super-critical of software design, and I’m impressed with Time Out. It fixes all the things wrong with all the other break timers I’ve tried, plus adds a lot of extra features without cluttering the UI. One of the best things not mentioned in the product description is that there are well written instructions in the app for all the features; there’s no guesswork. The subscription model is unique. I like it. I’d like to see more of this because it’s a good compromise between the old method where you buy an app and pay for major upgrades at a discount, and the new renewing subscription model that forces you to pay for upgrades whether you want them or not. The free version is ad-free and the app is pretty good without the extras that expire without a subscription. I subscribed. The extras are easily worth the price!


    • By FireFliesinaJar
      5

      Only thing that has worked to get me to take needed breaks!

      I've been trying for years to get into a regular habit of taking breaks while working at the computer. Time Out is the first, well, ANYTHING that has succeeded for me. I've been plenty motivated in the past -- I've had repetitive stress injuries that sent me to physical therapy for months, and sidelined me from playing tennis. I've read all the literature on improved work effectiveness if you take regular breaks, and when I do sometimes manage, my work is better. As a public health professional, I'm also aware that 'sitting is the new smoking' -- long hours without moving are terrible for one's health. I have tried making a plan, setting an intention, setting a timer -- none of it worked in any regular way. I'm very good at ignoring timers and pushing through. Time Out, however, puts the need for a break literally in my face, ever so gently and kindly, but not to be ignored. The "micro" 15 second break is great because I can shake out my arms, even stand up for a second without losing my train of thought. And the "normal" 10 minute break, which I have set for every hour, reminds me to get up, clear my head, move my body, and come back. It gives me a chance to check in about whether I'm working on the right next task. And a chance to come back to a project with fresher ideas. Awesome app. Totally love it. Love enough to pay to support it even thought the free version had most of what I needed.


    • By Jackson'sNana
      5

      This Ounce of Prevention is Worth a TON of Cure!

      As a genealogist, I spend *hours* at my computer. That habit caught up with me in a big way. Because I kept my arms in the same position for long periods of time, I developed “frozen shoulder.” I could hardly move my right arm and shoulder –- and then only with extreme pain. It took months of physical therapy to get back to normal. Even knowing that “frozen shoulder” could return, I tend to lose track of time when I’m using a computer. Enter "Time Out." I’ve set this wonderful app to remind me to move my arms and shoulders for at least 20 seconds every 20 minutes and to get up and walk around for at least 10 minutes every hour or so. What a difference! I don’t stiffen up, my arms and back don’t hurt, my eyes again focus quickly to see far-away objects, and I reconnect with the world, even if for just a short time. I highly recommend the well-designed, easy-to-use “Time Out” app to anyone who uses a computer.


    • By GreenCat
      5

      More effective than sitting 2 hours in meditation!

      I decided to set Time Out for 10 second breaks every half hour. During these breaks, I use the time to center myself and to send wellbeing to humanity, world leadership, whomever was a part of the task I was engaged with when the break occurred, and myself. By bringing my spiritual practice into my day, I feel more integrated and whole throughout - much more so than when I was sitting in meditation for hours on end. The Time Out software is easy to use and pleasantly annoying - the gradual and subtle greying of the screen reminds me nicely to stop what I’m doing, though allows me to stubbornly persist should I choose to peer through the diversion. Time Out does permit me to just skip the break, but usually within one second, I’m reminded why I’m doing this and settle in. Besides, anyone can do anything for 10 seconds, can’t they?


    • By hadibintold
      5

      Great, simple app

      Been using this for several months and it's great. I use it as a stretching/mini-workout reminder. The stats are also fun to look at to see how consistent you are at respecting the restrictions you've set on yourself, e.g. how much do you ignore your reminders. I would like to see a way to say "just a sec!" instead of simply postponing a whole five minutes. Sometimes I literally just need 10 more seconds to finish reading a sentence or a page, but for now, I just skip the break or go "oh well..." and do the break at the unideal point. I could theoretically change the postone time intervals, but the time I need is slighty variable and I'd like to be able to say "Okay I'm ready for the break!" by clicking some icon on the top right of the screen and initiating the break.


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