Time Out - Break Reminders 17+

You deserve a break

Dejal Systems, LLC

    • 4.7 • 3 Ratings
    • Free
    • Offers In-App Purchases



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.

What’s New

Version 2.9.7

- Fixed another crash on pre-Sonoma macOS versions. Sorry about that!

Plus more in the recent updates:

- Fixed a different crash on pre-Sonoma macOS versions.
- Fixed the settings window unexpectedly appearing after restarting the Mac, when the Dock icon is hidden.
- Fixed the app launch helper unexpectedly opening Terminal on older macOS versions.
- Fixed misnaming the app in the sidebar when using a "When Open" app exclusion.
- Fixed the "Also skip breaks during focus" exclusion option.
- Fixed a break with a large negative duration when scheduling from the calendar with no more events.
- Fixed the tooltip for the "Ask When to Start" scheduling option.
- When there are multiple displays available, now uses the names of the displays in the menu.
- Fixed the "With Inactive Menubar" option for multiple displays.
- The other displays now fade out and back in correctly.
- Fixed requesting full calendar access when using the calendar exclusion option (need full access to look for matching events).
- Fixed the Skip button appearing when previewing a break if the "end early" option is enabled.
- Fixed the option to alert of another copy of the app.
- Added support for break-specific pause via a URL like `timeout://break/micro/pause/30m`, where `micro` is the break name, and `30m` means pause for 30 minutes.
- Also break-specific resume via a URL like `timeout://break/micro/resume`.
- Fixed using a `timeout://pause` URL without an amount (to pause all breaks indefinitely) possibly crashing.
- Fixed the settings window unexpectedly appearing when using a `timeout://` URL.
- Bonus: added the "Sinclair Trails 2023" theme, with random timelapse clips of driving around the US.

Ratings and Reviews

4.7 out of 5
3 Ratings

3 Ratings

Arif Jusoh ,

Good design & usefull

Since the app can now the hide from dock & appear in the menu bar, the app is all i need to remind to take a break every few hour.

ykphuah ,

nice and elegant!

Too bad it doesn’t have the hide from dock and appear in menubar option.

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