Sessions and breaks are the bread 🍞 and butter 🧈 of Lifeline. You use timed sessions to focus and then take breaks to replenish your attention for the next session.

⏳️ Sessions

In Lifeline, you can launch a timed session in several ways:

You're in a session when an orange play icon shows up in the taskbar arc.

Once you start a session, Lifeline zooms in from the default 24-hour view of your day to the next 25 minutes (the length of one pomodoro πŸ…). This helps you visualize the remaining length of your session and is a great way to boost your focus and productivity.

πŸ’‘ Pro tip: Left-click the taskbar menu icon to see the elapsed time in your current session (in brackets next to Stop session at the top).

πŸ›‘ Stopping a session

You can use these options to stop a session:

Depending on how much break time is due (see 🌴 Breaks), Lifeline might launch a break when you stop your session and become inactive for two minutes.

🌴 Breaks

"One problem with afternoons is that if we stick with a task too long, we lose sight of the goal we’re trying to achieve, a process known as 'habituation.' Short breaks from a task can prevent habituation, help us maintain focus, and reactivate our commitment to a goal. And frequent short breaks are more effective than occasional ones...." - Daniel H. Pink in When (book)

Since our brains can only sustain optimal concentration for about 90 minutes, it's important to step away from your screen regularly.

Traditionally, the Pomodoro Technique recommends five minutes of break time after every 25 minutes of focus.

We've expanded on this concept with Lifeline, by allocating one minute to your "break time due" for every five minutes of work. This means you can use Lifeline to follow the Pomodoro Technique to the letter (work in cycles of 25 minutes with five minute breaks in between). But, alternatively, you can also work in longer cycles with larger breaks in between (e.g., 50 minutes with 10-minute breaks).

Launching and ending breaks

There are to ways to launch a break:

  1. Automatically, based on inactivity (no keyboard nor mouse activity). By default, this happens after two minutes of inactivity; just walk away from your computer.
  2. Use your assigned shortcut for Start break (see ⌨️ Keyboard shortcuts).

To end a break, simply touch a key on your keyboard or move your mouse.

Note that closed laptop πŸ’»οΈ time also counts as break time!

πŸ’‘ Pro tip: You can always see your current break time due by left-clicking the taskbar icon.