WorkPace User Review

In Musings from an overworked translator, Jill Sommer reviews WorkPace, a software utility that reminds computer users to take breaks and leads them through a series of exercises.

Jill works as a translator, and has a tendency to focus so deeply that she forgets to take breaks, so a reminder program is an important tool for her:

If you are anything like me, you are passionate about translation and can become fixated on what is displayed on your computer screen, forgetting everything around you. I can work for several hours without taking a break and have been known to forget to eat or even move.

The first day I used the program I was under a lot of stress to get a legal translation of the German Cosmetics Ordinance finished, but I complied with most of the breaks and found my stress level wasn’t as high as it could have been. I never realized how badly I need to stretch and am reminded each time I perform a stretch and hear my back crack or feel the muscle stretch and loosen.

Randy Rasa

Randy is an engineer/programmer/web designer who has suffered from repetitive strain injury off and on for over a decade.

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