Apple’s customers are a wide and disparate group of human beings, well-educated, independent, more affluent, and apparently in need of tools to help us focus on our work and help us focus on options to stop work.
Strange, no? In other words, we have tools to help us work. And we have tools that help to remind us to give ourselves much needed breaks. My Mac, iPhone, and iPad have more than my fair share of reminder tools, to-do apps, and Pomodoro utilities. What’s always been missing is a tool which tells me to chill, relax, take a break. Here’s one that does.
It’s one thing to be reminded of a task or to-do item, but it’s entirely different to be reminded to take a break from those tasks or to-do’s. JustFocus is a very inexpensive Mac utility which combines the Pomodoro break method with options to take breaks– long or short– at specific times.
It’s simple. JustFocus works in the Mac’s Menubar. A click gets a pop down menu with options to Start Pomodoro, set a Short Break or Long Break.
JustFocus is a rest reminder tool that runs in the background, and at set intervals, will remind you to, well, simply take a break.
Take a break?
Yes, it’s a full-screen window with a reminder to take the break, but it also blocks mouse and keyboard so you’re really forced to take a break.
Also hand is the background image. Wallpaper is refreshed automatically in the background every 24 hours. The app has a standard default Pomodoro timer but it can be customized.
Even better, JustFocus captures statistics on usage so you can review your productive time periods with a click.
In all fairness, this is a sweet way to combine the very useful Pomodoro technique with an option to take a break– and enforce it by locking the mouse and keyboard.