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app work-break

Work-break balancer for Windows / MacOS / Linux desktops

7 unstable releases (3 breaking)

0.4.0 Oct 29, 2023
0.3.1 Oct 18, 2023
0.2.1 Aug 12, 2023
0.2.0 Jul 23, 2023
0.1.1 Dec 17, 2022

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MIT license

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This balancer can track your work time and suggest resting time. It uses this graph by default, where the horizontal axis is for work time, and the vertical axis is for resting time. It passes through the Pomodoro Technique (25/5) and the 52/17 rule. The formula can be adjusted (see the configuration section below).

The more you work, the more rest you need per work minute. Sometimes, you have to start working without waiting until you have rested suggested time. In this case, this balancer accumulates strain by subtracting the actual rest time from the needed rest time and converting the result into work time back. It adds up to the following work on the next break.

This balancer sends you notifications on the following events:

  • Work lasted for 25 minutes (can be changed)
  • It lasted for 52 minutes (can be changed)
  • It lasted for the daily work time limit if it is configured
  • Break ended

The notification contains the current phase, strain and today work time, needed break, its end if it starts.

How to install


Windows 8+ (requires MS Visual C++ 2015, tested on Windows 10)

MacOS 10+ (tested on MacOS 11.7)

Linux/BSD: should work with many distributions (tested on Arch Linux)

Download a binary

Download a suitable binary from releases page.

Arch Linux based distributions

The app can be installed using the PKGBUILD work-break, available on the AUR. This can be built and installed using an AUR helper or by hand in the usual way.

With Cargo

You will need the Rust programming language (v1.59.0+) and its cargo package manager installed on your system. See the official documentation here.

Run this command to install the app (make sure that the cargo bin directory is in $PATH):

cargo install work-break

Configure a shortcut key or create a desktop icon to switch between work and rest time:


Configure the following command to launch the balancer on startup to get notifications (optional, but recommended):

work-break autorun

Configure a shortcut key or create a desktop icon to notify about the current status (optional):

work-break notify

To print the current status in CLI, you can use this (MacOS / Linux):

work-break status


After the first app launch, you can change the app's configuration by editing the following configuration file:

~/Library/Application\ Support/rs.work-break/default-config.toml

or you can delete the file to get the defaults:

coefficient_a = 0.00147884224225867
coefficient_b = 1.67098454496329
coefficient_c = 0
coefficient_d = 0

daily_work_time_limit = 0
work_days_start_at = 0

phase1_ends_at = 25
phase1_name = "Pomodoro"
phase2_ends_at = 52
phase2_name = "Efficiency"
phase3_name = "Injury"

The coefficients are used for the formula: break = a * (work ^ (b + d * today_work)) + c. Variables work, today_work and break represent in seconds. Consider setting coefficient_d to 0.00001528 to see how today work time can increase resting time.

daily_work_time_limit represents in minutes, sends you notification when today work time reaches the limit, zero turns the notification off.

work_days_start_at defines an hour when work days start at and count resets (from 0 to 23).

phase1_ends_at and phase2_ends_at define current strain's thresholds to send you notifications.

phase1_name, phase2_name, and phase3_name define phases' names to print in notifications.

Restart your system or ask the app to apply the changed configuration:

work-break reload

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