I've been thinking about how focus and getting ourselves into "flow" states can lead to amazing productivity. However, this can be challenging since we live in a world with lots of (interesting) distractions that are easily accessible. I've also been inspired by how Olympic athletes are able to excel at the highest levels. Sure, they work really hard. But they also take lots of breaks to allow their bodies and minds to recover, to gain strength, and to avoid injuries/burnout.
What it does
A secret to productivity is to be smart about taking breaks. :) This Microsoft Office 365 Add-In puts a handy timer in the "Task Pane" for Excel, Word, etc. that encourages people to get into the zone for a task for a user-configurable number of minutes -- and then to go on break! When the user presses "GO!", a cool-looking timer starts counting down right in the Task Pane. When time's up, the user can go on break! The idea is that while the timer is still running, the user should put lots of focus on accomplishing their task.
How I built it
Challenges I ran into
Accomplishments that I'm proud of
I didn't start this project very early, and was not sure whether I'd submit anything. But I did. :)
What I learned
I learned about the current state of the art of developing Add-in tools for Microsoft Office 365. Also am looking forward to seeing what other folks come up with to help everyone get more productive (so we can have more free time haha).
What's next for Get a Break
I'm taking a break after submitting this project. :)