I just released a new version of my Google Chrome extension Break Helper (it can be found here).
I added two new features: one more time management rule - Pomodoro technique. Basically it lets you split your work in blocks. Work for 25 minutes and rest for 5 minutes. I think it’s the sweet spot, because from my own experience I know, that 20-20-20 rule’s break time (just 20 seconds) is too short for a proper rest and 50-10 rule’s break time (10 minutes) is just too much at a time. I often find myself not waiting until the end of the break and get back to work.
Another feature I added is (optional) audio notifications. They are played when your break ends to let you know that it really ended. I think it’s quite useful, if you rest away from your workplace, stare away through the window or do something else. At first I tried to play sounds using HTML embed tag, but in Chrome’s notification it flickered a bit and I wasn’t able to fix that with CSS (even with hiding it). Then I switched it to** HTML5 audio** tag, which worked nicely.
Problems and to do
One issue that still persists is the design. I am not happy with it and I don’t think users like it, that’s why I plan to redesign it. The problem is I’m not good with design work, but oh well, it’s time for improvements.
Now Break helper has 40 users, 14 weekly installs, 3 **ratings and is rated at **4 stars. I think it’s pretty good, since I’ve done nearly no promotion of it, just created a thread on one forum, which resulted in some users.
I still have some plans how to improve the extension, like redesigning it. After that I’ll try to do some promotion. A month ago I saw a post on Lifehacker that featured a very similar website. I think I remember using it 20-20-20 rule. Any chances they saw my extension? And if the extension catches on, I hope to expand to other browsers (Opera, Firefox), maybe mobile niche (iOS, Android).
If you have any suggestions or comments, please don’t hesitate to leave them below or contact me.
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