Microbreak Boss

Stay productive with a cool BOSS on your menu bar. Fully customizable.

Microbreak Boss is the coolest break timer ever! It promotes a productive and healthy lifestyle and lets you fully customize every option.

Get over your fatigue and be far more productive 🔥

Researchers have found that taking microbreaks helps you effectively manage your energy and engage in your work throughout the day. Microbreaks have also been shown to be very effective if you start your day tired and sleep-depleted to give you a significant energy level boost. Microbreak Boss is the ideal tool to force you to take breaks

Save your back and your hips from the effects of constant sitting 💪

Sitting down for extended periods of time is so bad for you that it is now a common saying that "sitting is the new smoking". Microbreak Boss makes it easy for you to counteract the negative effects of sitting by taking small movement breaks at regular intervals

Take care of your eyes 👁

Staring at a screen without taking breaks eventually leads to computer vision syndrome, A.K.A digital eye strain. Dry eyes, burning sensations, headaches, blurry vision. You can avoid it all. You've probably heard of the 20/20/20 rule? Every 20 minutes, take a 20 seconds break and look at an object at a distance of 20 feet. This popular technique allows you to reset your vision. You can easily set Microbreak Boss to make sure you take those very important eye breaks

Simply improve your life 🙌

Your life will simply be much better once you start embracing the power of microbreaks and Microbreak Boss. Imagine what healthy habits you could be stacking with your microbreaks:

  • The 20/20/20 rule to keep your eyes healthy
  • Breathwork to calm your nervous system and get in a focused parasympathetic mode
  • Stretch and walk to counteract sitting
  • Get some fresh air to feel refreshed
  • Drink more water to stay hydrated

Features 🚀


  • Choose one of the cool boss characters as your menu bar icon

Fully customizable

  • Set a timer for x minutes
  • Set a break for x minutes
  • Start, break, skip break, pause, resume and stop manually + menu shortcut
  • Show or hide 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


  • It sits on your menu bar - no clunky dock icon
  • Neatly separated interface with tabs


  • Idle detection to pause timer after x minutes
  • Decide if you want the timer to repeat itself or not

Changelog 🙌


  • 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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