Friday, July 8, 2011

3 Tools To Remind Yourself To Take A Break & Relax While Working At The Computer

The good news is that short breaks of relaxing and stretching can do wonders for your health and well being. And who doesn't like to take breaks during work? In this article I will show you tools you can integrate into your workday to remind you that you need to take a break.


EVO is a website helper which runs your selection of a default or custom timer that will remind you of a 5 or 10 minute break. The setup is simplistic and not intrusive. During the screen, EVO can black out your screen and count down the time of your break.

reminder to take a break software

EVO also provides instructions for eye gymnastics that you can go through during your break.

reminder to take a break software

The creators of EVO have also launched a website that has information about the Computer Vision Syndrome.

Big Stretch Reminder (Windows)

Big Stretch Reminder is a reminder app designed to remind you to do regular stretches during your work day. It comes with a variety of options, including custom settings. You can select the time between breaks from a list of predefined options or create a custom setting.

reminder to take a break

For the reminder mode you can choose between a non-intrusive balloon mode or an intrusive popup mode. The third option, the micro-break mode, is of the intrusive popup type. The message that is shown along with your break reminder can be a random tip or customized.

reminder to take a break

Breaker (Windows)

If you're a workaholic who has no trouble getting lost in work and forgetting the time, then you should try Breaker. It's a simple software that lets you set up breaks individually in a loop or pattern.

reminder to take a break

The app runs in the system tray and when you hover over it you can see the countdown to your next break. Once the time has run out, a quiet alarm and a little window in the bottom right of the screen reminds you that it's time for a break or to get back to work.

take a break reminder

Since Breaker allows the creation of custom patterns, it is also a great tool to easily remind yourself of meetings or appointments scattered throughout the day.

You can find more reminder apps here. For things to do during your breaks, check out the following articles:

MakeUseOf's Web Developer James Bruce recently switched from a sitting to a standing desk - Take A Look At James' Home Setup [Show & Tell]

What is your desk setup? Do you have experience working at a standing desk or could you imagine doing it?

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