Quick Start

Starting a Work Session Customizing Work Time Spans Repeating Work Sessions Timer Statistics

Starting a Work Session

A Work Session consists of two periods of time, one spent on working, immediately followed by another for taking a break. To start a Work Session, tap the (start) button. This will start a timer which will keep track of the time you need to spend on focusing on your work (Focus time) and the time you will use for break (Break time) immediately afterwards. The session will start with a Focus time and the timer clock will look like the picture below, right at the start.

The label at the top of the clock indicates the Focus time. The blue color on the perimeter of the clock circle shows the part of the clock which will be spent on focusing on the task (Focus time). It means that the Focus time starts at 10:10 and will finish at 10:35 (25 minutes).

As the Focus time passes, the beginning of the blue color progresses with the minute hand and a lighter blue color replaces it. Therefore, the lighter blue color shows the time passed and the darker blue color shows the time left. This is also shown in digital format at the bottom of the clock. For example, in the picture below, 5 minutes of a 25-minute Focus time has passed and 20 minutes is left.

Once the Focus time is finished, the Break time starts immediately. This is the time you can take a break and do a different thing, usually for a short period of time. The passage of time is shown in the same way as in the Focus time, with the difference that the colors are green instead of blue: darker green for time left and lighter green for time passed. It can be seen in the picture below.

The 5-minute Break time has started at 10:35 and will finish at 10:40. The time now is 10:38, so 3 minitues has passed and 2 minutes is left. The label at the top of the clock indicates the Break time.

Customizing Work Time Spans

By default, the Focus time is 25 minutes and the Break time is 5 minutes. This is inspired by so-called pomodoro technique and promotes short periods of focus and break so that the distraction is minimized. These numbers can however be adjusted to your needs using the time controls shown in the picture below.

You can use the sliders to increase or decrease the Focus or Break time. Alternatively, you can use the (increase) and (decrease) buttons at the two ends of the sliders. The new numbers are shown at the right side of the sliders. Originaly, the maximum time available on the sliders is 120 minutes or 2 hours, but the increase buttons can surpass this limits.

Increasing or decreasing the time span can also be done while the timer is working. This can be a handy feature in situations such as when you think that the current Focus time will not be enough to finish the task at hand or that you will need a longer break before you can get back to work. The same is true when a shorter Focus or Break time span is needed.

During the Focus time, you can use the (next) button to finish the Focus time early and take a break. Similarly, you can use this button during the Break time to finish the break and start another Focus time. This can be handy in situations like when you finish the task allocated to the current Focus time earlier than planned or need to take an early break, or you when you think you have had long enough break and you like to continue working.

If the selected time span exceeds one hour, there will not be enough space in the clock perimeter to represent it. As a solution, another circle is drawn around the clock perimeter and the rest of the time span will be shown on it (blue colors for Focus and green colors for Break). The following picture shows a Focus time with an original time span of 70 minutes, 10 minutes of which has already passed and 55 minutes of which left. The last 10 minutes (70 - 60) of the time left is drawn on the outer circle and the first 45 minutes on the inner one after the 15 minutes already passed.

Repeating Work Sessions

When the current Work session is finished, a new session will not start automatically. Instead, it requires you to manually start a new one. The reason is that users tend not to follow the timer after the first few sessions when it is in automatic repeat mode and are usually caught by distractions. Having the user manually start the sessions not only helps them be more attentive to the timing and consequently better manage their time, the reports on the usage of the time will also be more accurate.

After the Break time is finished, the timer enters the Grace period. During this period, which is only two minutes, you will have to start a new Work session as described above or finish the work using the (finish) button. Otherwise, the timer will enter into the Idle phase. Idle phase means that you are neither working nor taking a break, indicating that you are either distracted or not attending your timing.

The timer clock in the Grace period looks like the picture below. It works similarly to the Focus and Break timers, but the colors indicating the Grace period on the clock are darker and lighter orange.

In the Idle phase, the timer clock works differently. Instead of counting down the time, it shows the time passing after the Work session has ended. The Idle phase is marked by red color on the clock perimeter. The beginning of the red color, which is marked by a tiny darker red spot, shows the minute the Idle phase started and its end moves forward with the minute handle. This is shown in the following picture.

The Idle phase has started at 10:42 and 30 minutes has passed since now at 11:12. Since there is nothing as time left in Idle timing, the digital timer only shows the (Idle) time passed. If the Idle phase exceeds one hour, extra circles around the clock perimeter will be drawn to represent the time after the first hour. The following picture shows an Idle phase 70 minutes after it started at 10:42. The inner circle represent the first 60 minutes and the outer the last 10 minutes.

If the Idle timer hit midnight, the timer automatically stops as if the finish button is tapped.

Timer Statistics

At the bottom of the screen, under the control buttons, the total Focus time, Break time, Idle time and their sum, since the start of the current Work Day, is reported. The start of the curent Work Day is when the first Work Session starts after the previous Work Session is finished. A Work Day is not a calendar day, so it can be longer than 24 hours and can start on one calendar day and finish on another. The picture below shows an screen shot of these statistics. The numbers show that in total 5 hours and 20 minutes are spent on Focus and 1 hour and 5 minutes on Break. The timer has been in Idle phase for 20 minutes. The Work Day in total has been 6 hours and 45 minutes (excluding Grace Periods).

When the finish button is tapped, these numbers are frozen and displayed until the start button is tapped again to start the first Work Session of a new Work Day. The new numbers will then show the statistics about the new Work Day.