Bad at Taking Breaks? Let Your Computer Remind You

BreakTimer
BreakTimer

Taking occasional breaks is an integral part of the workday, but when you get deep into a project, it can be hard to tear yourself away. If you're the kind of person who regularly sits down at a computer and then doesn't look up for the next eight hours, there's a browser extension that can help, according to Lifehacker.

A Google Chrome extension called Break Timer is designed to remind you to take a break from staring at your screen, creating customizable pop-ups at set intervals to ensure that you look up every once in a while.

Occasionally looking up from your computer screen isn't a leisure; it's necessary if you want to stay healthy and productive. The American Optometric Association recommends taking a break to look at something beyond your computer (ideally at least 20 feet away) once every 20 minutes to reduce digital eye strain, which can lead to headaches, dry eyes, blurred vision, and other issues. Studies have also found that workers who take short breaks throughout the day are more productive than workers who stay chained to their desk all day, trying to power through fatigue and boredom.

Break Timer lets you customize your alerts so they either show up as small desktop notifications or as a full-screen window of color. It lets you set the interval at which you want to be reminded to take a break as well as the text you see when the reminder pops up. It also allows you to skip or postpone breaks if you think you need just a few more minutes of concentration. It can also restart your counter if you've been away from your computer for a long time (since you're clearly already taking a break).

Not sure how long to set your reminder intervals for? In 2014, a productivity app called DeskTime found that its most productive users spent an average of 52 minutes working before taking a 17-minute break. Other productivity gurus recommend the Pomodoro Technique, which consists of 25 minutes of work followed by a 5-minute break.

Get Break Timer for Google Chrome here.

[h/t Lifehacker]

These Rugged Steel-Toe Boots Look and Feel Like Summer Sneakers

Indestructible Shoes
Indestructible Shoes

Thanks to new, high-tech materials, our favorite shoes are lighter and more comfortable than ever. Unfortunately, one thing most sneakers are not is durable. They can’t protect your feet from the rain, let alone heavy objects. Luckily, as their name implies, Indestructible Shoes has come up with a line of steel-toe boots that look and feel like regular sneakers.

Made to be incredibly strong but still lightweight, every pair of Indestructible Shoes has steel toes, skid-proof grips, and shock-absorption technology. But they don't look clunky or bulky, which makes them suitable whether you're going to work, the gym, or a family gathering.

The Hummer is Indestructible Shoes’s most well-rounded model. It features European steel toes to protect your feet, while the durable "flymesh" material wicks moisture to keep your feet feeling fresh. The insole features 3D arch support and extra padding in the heel cup. And the outsole features additional padding that distributes weight and helps your body withstand strain.

Indestructible Shoes Hummer.
The Hummer from Indestructible Shoes.
Indestructible Shoes

There’s also the Xciter, Indestructible Shoes’s latest design. The company prioritized comfort for this model, with the same steel toes as the Hummer, but with additional extra-large, no-slip outsoles capable of gripping even smooth, slippery surfaces—like, say, a boat deck. The upper is made of breathable moisture-wicking flymesh to help keep your feet dry in the rain or if you're wearing them on the water.

If you want a more breathable shoe for the peak summer months, there's the Ryder. This shoe is designed to be a stylish solution to the problem of sweaty feet, thanks to a breathable mesh that maximizes airflow and minimizes sweat and odor. Meanwhile, extra padding in the midsole will keep your feet protected.

You can get 44 percent off all styles if you order today.

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The Worst Drivers In America Live in These 15 States

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Life of Pix, Pexels

No matter how many times you've been cut off on a road trip, anecdotal evidence alone can't prove that a certain state's drivers are worse than yours. For that, you need statistics. The personal finance company SmartAsset compiled data related to bad driving behaviors to create this list of the 15 states in America with the worst drivers.

This ranking is based on four metrics: the number of fatalities per 100 million miles driven in each state, DUI arrests per 1000 drivers, the percentage of uninsured drivers, and how often residents Google the terms “speeding ticket” or “traffic ticket.”

Mississippi ranks worst overall, with the second-highest number of fatalities and the second lowest percentage of insured drivers. This marked the third year in a row Mississippi claimed the bottom slot in SmartAsset's worst driver's list. This year, it's followed by Nevada in second place and Tennessee in third. You can check out the worst offenders in the country in the list below.

Some motorists may be more interested in avoiding the cities plagued by bad driving than the states. These two categories don't always align: Oregon, which didn't crack the top 10 states with the worst drivers, is home to Portland, the city with the worst drivers according to one quote comparison site. After reading through the list of states, compare it to the cities with the worst drivers in America here.

  1. Mississippi
  1. Nevada
  1. Tennessee
  1. Florida
  1. California
  1. Arizona
  1. South Carolina (Tie)
  1. Texas (Tie)
  1. New Mexico
  1. Alaska
  1. Louisiana
  1. Alabama
  1. Oregon
  1. Arkansas
  1. Colorado