The first thought I had when asked to review a Mac app that merely reminds you to take a break was, ‘Gimme a break.’ Literally. I mean, who pays to have a Mac app annoy you simply to get you to take a break?
I’m mature enough to know that a book cannot easily be judged merely by reviewing the cover so I gave Rest a try. That’s the app’s name. Rest. And it’s appropriate if you value your health, and for those Mac users who slave over a hot keyboard too many hours a day, here’s a way to have your Mac help you improve your health.
Take A Break! Or, Else!
Rest does not do much but what it does is far more valuable than the nominal price tag. All it does is tell you when to take a break. Or, depending upon your perspective regarding annoyances, Rest reminds you to take a break from using your Mac.
Rest lives in the Mac’s Menubar and works in the background. It comes with typical Pomodoro support so you can setup custom intervals for breaks, an optional longer break, and get reminded gently with soothing sounds instead of an abrupt alert. I like the piano. Nice touch.
Controls and settings are easily accessed from within the Menubar.
The Menubar icon is also an indicator. With a quick glance you can see about how much time until the next scheduled break and work accordingly. Rest features automatic break detection, too– walk away from your Mac earlier than the scheduled break time, and Rest adjusts itself accordingly. Yes, it also works within Notification Center.
The real question is this. ‘Why would you pay money for an app that reminds you to take a break?’ Health is valuable. You could do the same thing with a stop watch, or even scheduled events in Calendar, but the former is more expensive with fewer features, and the latter is cumbersome to use so many times during the course of a day.
Rest just works and taking a break multiple times during the day can improve your health, which improves your productivity, so paying for an app that tells you when to take a break is not a bad thing; it’s a good thing.
Say hello to your new computing overlord. And smile.