Instructions to the research-driven browser app we designed to help you focus and take active breaks – URL coming soon!
What does this app do? We designed this app to help you balance periods of work with periods of rest – during your workday. The app will prompt you to focus for 45 minutes (by playing music that facilitates focus) and then to take a break of up to 15 minutes (by playing music that facilitates active breaks). Therefore, a 8-hour workday, for example, would consist of 8 focus sessions and 8 breaks.
What should I do? All you have to do is start the app in the morning, and it will continue launching the 45-15 minute sessions in a loop. You can pause the session anytime and if you want to take an extended break (for example to have lunch) you can pause your session and come back later.
Can I adjust the timing of sessions? Currently the sessions are set to last 45 minutes and 15 minutes – however, you can use the three buttons at the bottom of the screen to customise the length of the sessions – by pressing pause and play or starting the next session early. For example, if you are in a focus session, and your flatmate comes over to chat, you can press pause. Similarly, if you are working and you feel that you need a break before the end of the 45 minutes, you can choose to start your break session early.
How will I know which session I am currently in? You can check this by looking at the app which clearly shows whether you are in a focus or break session. It also contains a countdown timer to show you when the session ends. You will also hear a different type of music during the focus and break sessions. After a while, you will likely get into a routine and easily distinguish the session type just by recognising the music.
Will I receive any information other than the countdown timer in the app and the music? Yes! A couple of minutes before the end of every session (focus or break), you will hear a gentle bell tone to let you know that you will soon be starting a new session. When you’re working, this could prompt you to finish your current sentence and make some notes, so that it’s easy to return to your task after you’ve taken a break. If you are in a break session, the beep may prompt you to walk back to your desk.
Can I use the app when I am in a video meeting or call? Yes! When you are in a meeting – you can either set the volume to zero (so that the music doesn’t disrupt your meeting) or you can pause the session – whichever feels more comfortable to you.