Whether you like or not, taking a break from long work or gaming session is needed. Basically, people who are working in the front of computer for more than 5 hours at least need to take break for 20 couple minutes and more depending how tired you are. If you see that your eyes tired enough and feel sleepy. That is a good sign that your body have to rest. Get yourself of some coffees, walk a little, or just chat with your couple. It helps stretching the body reduce eye strain. I ever see one of my friend got repetitive strain injury or RSI because he uses of computer for too long. Finally, he needs to break for month because of it.
Believe or not, taking a break is also helpful on improving our productivity. It’s already proved by many experts during their research. So, it might be a good idea to get a break regularly. Sometimes everything is forgotten when you do it, a simple reminder would help us on preventing it. I have some good recommendations for this case. The application is easy to set up and free to download. To make you easier to understand, let’s jump into the article.
Big Stretch Reminder
This one is probably one of the most recommended apps on this case. I really love it because the interface is easy and simple to use. It’s also lightweight, very customizable and free. The software is nearly perfect and only misses some things. As for usage, it offers us a good notification every twenty minutes and could be set to your needs.
The developers want people to stretch their body at least once for every twenty minutes. The frequency is customizable through the setting. Set frequency of breaks for each session you think is useful. There is also a good feature that would give you a small popup window that shows us a countdown to the timer. I really recommend it especially if you are kind of people who not distracted easily by just a simple notification. The app size is small and never fills of your storage space. You should try it later.
WorkRave is considered as a good open source tool, but the usage itself can be more complicated for some reasons. It lets us set three different kinds of breaks that included of rest breaks, micro-breaks, and daily limit. I am not finding any too much difference between these three options. It’s just my opinion and it would be useful for you.
A popup message is going to appear when you the timer are triggered. It gives you option as reminding or even force you to lock out the windows. It’s sometimes really useful to force us on getting break. if you ask me the difference between micro and long break, then the answer is differ on how long the break is going on.
Software is available for both Windows and Linux. For Linux uses of package manager while Windows users are able to download the package then install it.
If you want something unique and different, then I recommend you to get this one. It runs on every desktop and even cross platform for different OS. I have tried it for few months and its always making my break more encourages because their quotes. It features of some kind of quotes during each session and it looks pretty good. There is a countdown timer that tells you how long the time is left.
You could customize the interval by setting it through the main setting. The option for changing sounds and color scheme are there to customize. The sounds for example might be calming or encouraging. It features of many types of color schemes that feel nice and warm. I basically prefer to have the green one because I love greenery.
The last choice is awareness. The application works differently in comparable with previous one. It does not work with notification, but with only some sort of sounds interval. You are not getting any interruption since it only features of sounds.
For every hour, we will hear of warm and calm Tibetan singing bowl. It’s full of what we expect for such great software, but sadly it does not have many settings that offer you some options. I found it lacks of features and that is the only bad thing from it.
Pick any choice that you think works beautifully. Try each one of them to know which one is better or not. You soon find in short time. Please leave any comment or suggestion if need some assistance. At last, thank you for reading our article and see you next time.