2007-06-07

Workrave Rocks

I've been using Workrave for a few days now and although it keeps telling me to take a break and stop hacking, my RSI has been slowly improving. According to the website: "Workrave is a program that assists in the recovery and prevention of Repetitive Strain Injury (RSI). The program frequently alerts you to take micro-pauses, rest breaks and restricts you to your daily limit." I started off with the author recommended configuration for recovering from RSI: 10 minute rest breaks every 20 minutes, 30 second micro-pauses every 5 minutes and a 6 hour daily limit. The daily limit only counts when you're typing and mousing and seems to have about a 6 second window where it stops recording the time due to inactivity. With this configuration I was being interrupted too often and was having a difficult time feeling productive. Now I'm taking a 7 minute rest break every 53 minutes, 30 second micro-pauses every 7 minutes and an 8 hour daily limit. The micro-pauses can get a bit annoying, but with this configuration I'm feeling much more productive and my RSI isn't painful. This configuration seems to give me about 12-14 hours of computing time in a day (I do a lot of reading I guess). Additionally, Workrave provides me with interesting stats about my daily computer usage such as number of keystrokes, hours of usage, mouse clicks, mouse movement (in meters), etc. There are some nice graphing utilities available from other Workrave users for plotting basic statistics. Today's usage so far: 48 minutes with the mouse, 213m of mouse movement, 1931 clicks and 65279 keystrokes. Forget flamewars, show off your Workrave stats.

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