Recess 4.1

This app helps you remember when it's time for a break from work.
4.9  (23 votes)
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People who work on computers for extended hours per day are at risk of developing various health issues, such as back pain, headaches, etc. Therefore, it's important to never forget to do a break from your tasks. Recess is a simple Menu Bar app that informs whenever you need to take a time off from your work.

You can select the proper work and break time values, enable sound alarm once you need to take a break, and keep the countdown tool on top of any opened app. If you wish to complete an assignment and postpone the time off, just click the Pause button. This feature comes in handy when dealing with a project deadline or watching a video.

Personally, I would like to have access to an option that prevents users from skipping their breaks. Many computer workers ignore the fact that their health is at stake and refuse taking their time off when they're focused on completing a certain task.

To conclude, Recess is a useful program for Mac users who need to be reminded when it's time for a break from work. The app sits quietly in your Menu Bar, offers simple-to-configure timer settings, and comes with no price.

Ashley Griggs
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Review summary


  • Easy to configure settings
  • Plays a sound once it's time for a break
  • Allows you to set the break and work time limit


  • Lacks an option to prevent the user from skipping the break
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