Timer Blocks Support FAQOn this page, we provide answers to common questions related to Timer Blocks for desktop computers. If your question is not answered on this page, please .
What are the minimum system requirements to run Timer Blocks? And what would be ideal?Timer Blocks should run on any major version of Windows (XP/7/8/10), and can also be found on the iTunes App Store for OS X.
What's the point of this program? How is it different from other productivity tools or time trackers?Timer Blocks is all about getting things done by focusing on one thing at a time. The target audience would include a user with a list of tasks they'd like to repeat on a regular basis. Timer Blocks helps the user stay on track with those tasks, while hopefully building them into rock solid habits. So for example, if a user has a set of things they intend to do every morning when they start their work day- Timer Blocks can organize them in a way that's easy to check off. This is done by creating an "Activity List" which is composed of tasks that are either timer-based, or simple reminders...
A hypothetical Activity List for a simple morning routine might look like this:
The difference between a Reminder and a Timer activity is that the former does not have a time associated with it. It's more like a "yes or no" check box to simply remind and track whether the task has been completed or not. So for things that don't require a specific amount of time to complete, like "Take Vitamins", it can be quickly checked off the list each day, just to track that it's been done. Each activity is meant to be a clear, focused task that the user can put their attention on to help avoid being distracted by all of the other things they may wish to remember to do.
Take Vitamins (Reminder Activity) Respond to E-Mails (30 Minute Timer Activity) Computer Work (90 Minute Timer Activity) Take a Stretching Break (Reminder Activity) ... other activities
Once an Activity List has been established, a "session" can be launched based on the list, meaning the user intends to start working through those activities. In the example above, this would be done once every morning. By clicking the Launch button, it'll start with the first activity on the list by popping up the colored display box with the activity name and session controls. Those can be moved or resized to fit conveniently on the user's screen, as it'll provide details about the current session in progress.
When a session is active, starting from the beginning of the list, one activity at a time is set as the "current" one. If the current activity is a reminder, it'll wait for the user to click the "check mark box" on it (indicating it was done), or the "Next" (arrow icon) activity button, to skip it, before proceeding to the next activity.
If the current activity is a timer, it'll show the time counting down while focused work is being done on the task... when the time is up, it'll play a sound indicating that the time has expired. This is where the "pause session between activities" option is relevant-- if you have it enabled, it'll wait for the user to hit the "Next" button before continuing to the next activity. So for example if the user had set 30 minutes to work on e-mails, and the alarm chimes-- rather than it just moving on and starting the next activity timer automatically, the user may wish to finish up the e-mail they're in the middle of writing, then manually click "next" to start the next activity.
A session ends when all of the tasks have been completed, or the user presses the Stop button to cut the session short.
That's pretty much all there is to it!