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17 Sep, 2014

A helpful tool for writers

Posted by andrea tomkins in: Publishing/writing/career stuff

Further to yesterday’s post about writing

The other day I downloaded an app called Healthier. I’ve had it running on my desktop computer at home, and I think it’s pretty cool so far.

Basically, it runs quietly in the background and forces me to take a break and complete a desk-friendly exercise at regular intervals. Here’s the one I just completed:

Healthier desk productivity app

After I was done I had a few minutes left, so I spent the rest of the time marching around my house, focusing on my posture and my breathing. When the timer went off I sat down and started working again.

I’m sure there are a million other productivity apps out there, but this happens to be the one I’m trying out right now. I still need to spend a bit more time with it. If you have a good productivity app, I’d love to hear about it!

Related: This is a really good article about productivity. New research shows exactly how much down time we should be taking. (And no, we shouldn’t be using it to surf Facebook.)

3 Responses to "A helpful tool for writers"

1 | Lynn

September 17th, 2014 at 12:06 pm


Damn, surfing Facebook is my primary “down time” activity right now :).

I heard an interesting documentary on the CBC a while ago about some research that tied the act of walking – of moving your legs – to creative thought. It started with lots of anecdotes about famous writers and scientists who had had breakthroughs while taking a walk, and then some concrete research was done to show that people were more productive and had more ideas after walking. Not that I am actually DOING anything about this, mind you, but it was certainly interesting.

2 | Javamom

September 18th, 2014 at 12:16 pm


I have an European friend who is also my on again off again business partner. the prime way we communicate is via facebook. but once you’re in fb it’s hard not to check the updates…sigh.

It’s all in the discipline, isn’t it. :)

3 | kjt

September 26th, 2014 at 4:19 pm


Just shared this with Eva. Thanks!

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