Microbreak Boss

Stay productive while you work. And have a badass menubar.

Microbreak Boss is a productivity timer that encourages you to take breaks while you work. In addition to automating time management for your work sessions, you can choose a cool boss icon that sits on your menubar and see the other online bosses that are working while you are.


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Add some more fun to your work sessions

Who said a productivity timer has to be boring?

  • Choose one of the cool boss characters as your menu bar icon
  • See how many other bosses are working while you are
  • See the boss icons of the other online users
Feature 1

Get maximum flexibility regarding how you manage your time

You can configure almost everything.

  • Set a work timer and a break timer for x minutes/seconds
  • Start, break, skip break, pause, resume and stop manually
  • Toggle the countdown in the menu bar
  • Show a macOS notifications with a custom quote/message on break
  • Force a break by locking all screens...
  • ...or allow yourself the option to unlock screens on break
Feature 2

Set it and forget it

Microbreak Boss can be completely autonomous.

  • Idle detection will pause the timer when you take a bathroom break and resume when you come back
  • The timer can be set to repeat for multiple work sessions in a row
  • Break detection waits until you have taken your full break
Feature 3


  • Improves UI - the online bosses were starting to get squeezed with the surge of new users
  • Option to show/hide the dock icon
  • Adds anonymized telemetry
  • The ability to set a timer using seconds or minutes
  • Adds a menu item to leave a review on the app store
  • Fixes a bug related to the number of online bosses
  • The ability to "reset break timer when active" to add further automation
  • Improved the layout
  • Shows the break timer countdown in the menu bar while taking a break
  • Shows the number of online bosses with the notifications
  • Removes glitches for the "Bosses online" feature and makes it more robust
  • Shows how many bosses/users are online (preference window + menu bar)
  • Adds more choices for the notification alert sound
  • New tab dedicated to notification settings
  • Option to resume timer automatically when back from idle
  • Bugfix for a bug that could occur when pausing/resuming the timer
  • Adds the option to enable or disable automatic repeat for the timer
  • Much better management of timer start from inside the preference window and menubar menu (start, break, pause, stop)
  • Adds the ability to skip the break and skip to break
  • Adds the possibility to skip break on the lock screen by clicking on the boss
  • Shows the timer status in the preference window and the menubar menu
  • Adds a link to the changelog in the menu bar
  • Doesn't start timer when launching the app - it waits for you to start it
  • Adds macOS notification support
  • Adds the ability to set a custom notification message/quote on break
  • Replaces the previous alert sound with the default macOS notification sound
  • Cleans up the interface by separating it into tabs
  • Adds the option to enable or disable the option to restart the timer automatically
  • Replaces the "Reset" button with "Start"/"Stop" buttons
  • Adds a "Break Now" button
  • Makes the menu icon pulse during the break
  • Adds menu item shortcuts to be able to "Start", "Stop" and "Break Now"
  • Packaged the app for Gumroad
  • Adds contact links (Twitter + email) in the menu bar
  • Set a timer for x minutes
  • Set a break duration for x minutes
  • Idle detection to stop the timer after x minutes and restart when active
  • Mute timer alarm
  • Completely lock screen and force break
  • Manually reset and stop the timer
  • Choose a cool boss as your menu bar icon
  • Can show or hide the timer countdown in the menu bar
  • Option to launch timer automatically when your mac boots

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