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I would like to know a tool to enforce regular breaks from typing to avoid wrist pain.

I have a preference for simplicity, unobtrusiveness (at least until break time comes), a small resource footprint, and, if possible, "non-ugliness".

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Workrave. Cross-platform, simple, wonderful.

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26 seconds! Sheesh :P –  ajm Jul 16 '09 at 19:01
I had to type fast before it told me it was time for a break. ;) –  Dan Walker Jul 16 '09 at 19:02
Workrave is quite good. Especially the unobtrusive part. It literally gets "out of your way". Nice. –  R. Martinho Fernandes Jul 16 '09 at 19:23
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I found WorkRave increased my stress 10 times and I just ignored all it's breaks in the end.

Eyes Relax is far better and less annoying than Workrave. You can set a picture, slideshows, custom noises etc.

Eye defender is another good one but has less options.

The best system is to use the very simple and effective Pomodoro time management technique as it teaches the true productivity benefits for working in 25 min block with 5 min breaks (trust me it will change your work life)

Once you're using that method you can use this windows gadget to make sure you don't spend to long at your pc or too long far away ;) There is one for mac i'm sure.

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Well, its not an RSI watcher, but when Im seeing a movie or some tv show I strengthen my wrists by using a powerball.

It can be dangerous if you have a curious dog with a tongue =)

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A colleague of mine has a roster in his Outlook Calender that alerts him every half hour or so, he just moves it along days so he can reuse it. Rather clean and simple, though not as elegant as an app designed for workbreaks

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Well, you just need a reminder to protect your eyes and health? I don't think so. What you need is to step away from your device in case that you got CVS (Computer Vision Syndrome). One more thing, be cautious about blue light emitted from you electronic devices' screens. It is harmful to our eyes, behaves as eyes uncomfortable, eyesight reduction, eyes strain, even eye diseases. It can even disorder your sleep and then damage your health.

Use these two applications to block blue light from it:

  1. For computer, there is also a useful app called f.lux. (https://justgetflux.com/) to not only block blue light, but match the amount of blue light emitted according to the time of day.

  2. Consider eyewear like T'amie computer eyewear (http://www.halovis.com) which can block 97% of blue light. But this costs.

Then, another tips to protect your eyes from blue light:

  1. Reduce the time sitting in front of a computer and free your eyes from LED screens. Doing eye excercises.

  2. Eat green, which means you should have a healthful diet.

  3. Follow the 20-20-20 rule, which means every 20 minutes, look away from the monitor, and focus on an object at least 20 feet away, for 20 seconds.

  4. Go to bed early. Leave your electronic devices like smartphone, iPad out of your bedroom.

Hope that helps!

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