Working for long periods of time continuously without taking a break can make you really tired and exhausted. We think that if we work continuously, we can get more done in less time, but in reality, it lowers your overall productivity. If your job requires you to sit in front of the computer for long hours, it is advised that you take small breaks in between work to prevent eye and wrist muscle strain. Moreover, taking small breaks between work keeps your mind fresh and enables you to perform better in the long run. Previously, we have covered applications such as BreakTaker, an application that reminds you to take breaks after specified number of minutes when you are working on your PC, and Break Notifier, a tool that notifies you when its time to take a break by specifying break timings in a loop. Today, we have a portable application, called 5 Minute Break, that alarms you to take a 5 minute break away from your computer to keep your mind active and fresh at all times. Keep reading to find out more after the jump.
The problem with working continuously for long hours is that things start to get dull and you cannot think fresh ideas. This is turn starts to make you feel sleepy and dizzy, which means that you will make work slower, make more mistakes, and be a lot less productive. In order to avoid all that, taking regular breaks after at least every 2 hours is advised.
After the installation is complete, 5 Minute Break runs quietly in the system tray. You can set the timer directly by accessing this menu. The application allows you to choose a time frame of 5 minutes to 2 hours, after which you will be notified to take a break.
When the specified time for taking a break is up, a notification appears covering your whole screen with a countdown timer counting down from 5 minutes. If you don’t feel like taking a break, you can select to close the notification window from the option available at its bottom.
5 Minute Break works on both 32-bit and 64-bit versions of Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7 and Windows 8.