When working, taking breaks plays a pivotal role to ensure efficiency and productivity in your work. Sitting in front of a computer for long hours can make your eyes raining water and your head, a spin like you just took a roller coaster ride, and if you’re as avid a user as I am, you’d know what I mean. Most people have this habit of long computer sessions, which can include gaming, streaming videos, web browsing and whatnot. This leaves various adverse effects on their health. One way to break such a habit is to use a notification software which continuously reminds your of intervals. One such i came across is Time4Breax – a portable application that notifies you when it is time to take a break, so you don’t over-stress your nerves. It allows you to set the maximum allowed work time, and reminds you if you exceed the limit. If you keep ignoring the notifications, the application will go as far as to automatically shutdown your computer after a specified time limit. Alternatively, you can set break intervals for which you will again be notified. Ignore these notifications and your computer’s screen will be locked, again after a predefined time limit. The timer shows you the total, as well as the current sessions of work and breaks.
On first launch, the application requests you to configure the settings according to your preference. Under the General tab, you can change the application’s language. In Work Time, options are available for setting Max allowed work time per day, time interval between reminders, notification text, and the time interval after which the computer automatically shuts down.
Under Pauses tab, you can edit the time span of breaks, interval between break requests, break notification text, and the time after which the application automatically locks the screen.
Once done, click Save Settings. A timer will appear on your desktop screen, showing the current session and the total time you have worked. Settings and Time-mode toggle buttons are available on the top left corner.
When going on a break, click on Have a break to start the break timer. It shows you the time of current and total breaks.
Time4Breax is similar to our previously-covered Breaker, but Breaker lacks the maximum work time option. This program runs on Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7 and Windows 8. It supports both 32-bit and 64-bit operating systems.