We’ve all been there: working for hours on end without taking a break and ending up with hungry stomachs and stiff necks.
If you forget to take regular short breaks, now there is an app for it. Developer Harshil Shah created a simple menu bar app called Pause for Mac to remind you to be away from your desk regularly throughout the day.
The idea is clear and simple. Once you install the app, it will ask you to set times for how often you want to take breaks and how long.
By default, it follows the 20-20 rule to remind you to stop working for 20 seconds every 20 minutes. But you can easily change that. You can also add personalized reminders to remind you to have a drink of water or to get up and stretch.
If you are in a meeting and do not want to receive these notifications, you can simply turn on activate focus mode, which pauses until you want to reactivate it.
There are many applications to help you remember to take breaks, but they are primarily designed to handle multiple reminders and allow you to customize multiple settings.
Pause is free to download and use for anyone running macOS Big Sur or later. You can see it here.
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Published March 26, 2021 – 11:49 UTC