Productivity and good time management are gold in today’s world.
However, it seems that the majority of people still struggles to stay productive on a constant basis, despite all these motivational videos, and psychological methods.
When everything else fails, we usually look for salvation in technology. In this case, apps and services that are going to improve our focus and productivity level.
In that manner, we’ve prepared a list of ten apps and programs for Windows 10 and Windows 10 Mobile, that might help you at improving your productivity.
Of course, we don’t say that any of these apps will drastically improve your productivity, maybe they won’t help at all, but they surely can be useful.
On the other hand, maybe you don’t struggle with productivity, and just want a reliable timer app to measure your, for example, results in the gym.
Well, don’t worry, because these apps are basically for anyone who needs to measure a few seconds or minutes.
So, without any further ado, let’s see what are the best timer apps for Windows 10 you can find right now.
Orzeszek Timer (Hourglass)
If you have problems pronouncing this program‘s name, you definitely won’t have any problems using it.
Orzeszek Timer is an extremely simple timer software for Windows, that offers a lot of options, at the same time. To set up a timer, you just need to enter time, hit Enter, and the clock will start ticking.
The best thing about Orzeszek Timer is its versatility, as it allows you to enter basically any time format, and the program will automatically recognize it. Here are some examples:
- 5 – 5 minutes
- 2.5 – 2 minutes 30 seconds
- 1d 5h 3m 25s – 1 day 5 hours 3 minutes 25 seconds
- 1.05:03:25 – 1 day 5 hours 3 minutes 25 seconds
- 1 5 3 25 – 1 day 5 hours 3 minutes 25 seconds
- 01/01/2017 – until midnight on 1 January 2017
- 01/01/2017 5:00 PM – until 5:00 pm on 1 January 2017
The program even accepts time to count down as a command line argument, so you can make batch files for your most frequently used countdown values.
However, we doubt you will need this feature unless you’re serious about setting up a timer, but it won’t hurt you to know.
Orzeszek Timer is free, and comes as a portable application. You can download it from the link below.
Update: Orzeszek Timer has been replaced by Hourglass, but it offers the same functionality and more.
CookTimer is a very simple timer app for Windows. It sets time intervals of 3/5/10/15 minutes, but you can also set up your own time.
When it comes to the user interface, CookTimer is one of the simplest timer apps for Windows you can find.
So, if the simplicity matters to you, and you just want your clock to tick, CookTimer might be into consideration.
It also offers a few more features, like the ability to reset the timer by itself, or ring forever when the time is up. So if you forget that you’ve set up a timer, it won’t stop until you get reminded.
You can turn on both features from the main window, which also appears to be the only window CookTimer has.
There’s not much more to say about this app, because it’s just so simple. You set up a timer, and get notified when it does its thing. That’s the whole philosophy.
CookTimer is available for free, and you can download it from the link below.
When you take a look at SnapTimer, it would probably appear to you as just another extremely simple timer app, that doesn’t do much more.
Well, if that’s your first guess, you’re wrong, because SnapTimer is a lot more than that.
This tiny program allows to manage alarms, make an action after the time expires, receive notifications, and more.
Of course, when you open SnapTimer, you can set up a timer, and run it, but if you dig deeper, you’ll find more options.
You can set up alarms, and even use a customized alarm sound. Additionally, SnapTimer can run a certain program or app, after the time expires, which is quite a unique ability.
It also shows you tray notifications when the time is up.
As we already mentioned, SnapTimer sports a very simple user interface, so you won’t have any problems getting around.
SnapTimer program is available as a portable program, so you don’t even need to install it.
If you’re interested in trying SnapTimer, you can download it for free from the link below.
MultiTimer is another Windows 10 app that, as its name says, allows you to set up a couple of timers. The app can also run in the background, which can be a huge plus for many users.
The developer made this app available on both Windows 10 and Windows 10 Mobile.
MultiTimer offers quite good management options to keep all these timers under control. Timers can be grouped together as logical units, as well as combined together to run as a sequence.
It also comes with Cortana integration, which makes setting up a timer even easier.
The fact that this app offers a lot of customization options when it comes to setting up a timer, also tells us that MultiTimer is all about timer management.
For example, you can edit timers’ name, icon, notification sound, and also set up a custom message that will appear when the time is up.
All in all, MultiTimer is simple, yet feature-rich app for setting up timers.
So, if you want to experiment with multiple timers, you should try this app.
MultiTimer is available for free on both Windows 10 and Windows 10 Mobile, and you can download it from the Microsoft Store.
CoolTimer is the oldest program on our list, and one of the pioneers of timer programs for Windows. So, because of its cult status, but also because of its useful features, we’ve decided to put it on this list.
Despite its age, CoolTimer is still compatible with Windows 10.
As soon as you open CoolTimer, you’ll see an easily adjustable counter, where you can set your desired period of time.
Besides regular timing option, CoolTimer also allows you to set up multiple preset times.
You can even choose a notification sound from its own library, or upload your custom sound, and use it as an alert.
CoolTimer also has the stopwatch feature, along with an alarm clock, a countdown timer.
If you want CoolTimer to ‘tell’ you something when the timer expires, you can set up a custom notification note to show up when the timer does its thing.
It also comes with changeable skins and themes, which gives this app a special charm. However, the default theme is pink, so we’re not sure how many users will decide to stick to it.
If you’re interested in using this vintage timer, you can download it for free from the link below.
No, this program doesn’t help you get up in the morning using some magic formula. It actually wakes up your computer from standby or hibernation.
The process is simple, you set up the time when you want your computer to wake up from sleep, you put your computer to sleep, and WakeupOnStandBy wakes it up automatically.
WakeupOnStandBy doesn’t only wake up your computer, as you can set different actions for the program to perform after it wakes up the system.
For example, you can instruct it to shut down the computer, log off, or simply do nothing.
There are even more automatization options you can perform with WakeupOnStandBy. For example, you can program it to repeat the process every week, in two weeks, on particular days, and so on.
Besides waking up your computer from sleep, WakeupOnStandBy can also serve as your alarm clock. It supports any custom user‘s playlist, and even the internet radio.
If you want to download WakeupOnStandBy for free, you can do so from the link below.
Best free timer apps for Windows Mobile
Now let’s check out some of the best timer apps that are available for free on Windows Mobile.
These apps have similar features as the Windows 10 ones, and you can use them without any issues.
Timer + Pro
Timer + Pro is a very simple countdown app for Windows 10 Mobile.
The process of setting up a timer is very straightforward, you just circle a dot around the interface, and set a timer that way (looking familiar to the Surface Dial?).
If you want to stop the timer, simply tap on the center of the circle.
You can set up a sound effect or vibration to pulse as time comes down. But if you find these sounds annoying, you can work in the silent mode, as well.
Timer + Pro’s limit is only 60 minutes, so if you want to measure a bigger amount of time, you better look for another solution.
Timer + Pro comes with a full support for Microsoft’s virtual assistant, Cortana. To set up a timer with Cortana, just say “Timer twenty minutes”, and the timer will be automatically set.
Although the app has ‘Pro’ in its name, it actually comes for free, and you can download it from the Microsoft Store.
Perfect Timekit is another extremely useful time management app for Windows 10 Mobile. It is one of the most feature-rich apps for time management you can find in the Store right now.
Besides the regular timer, Perfect Timekit also offers you alarms, stopwatch and a World clock.
The user interface of Perfect Timekit is gorgeous and very straightforward. When you open the app, you can choose what you want to use – Alarms, Stopwatch, Timer, and World clock.
When you open the alarm feature, you set it by sliding around two dots that represent hours and minutes.
The stopwatch feature is activated by a simple tap, and it also keeps a record of laps, and shows you your total time and splits.
The timer feature works similarly to the alarm feature, as you can set up everything by touch.
The app also supports multiple timers and alarms. So, if you want to add another timer, just tap on the plus button at the bottom of the screen.
Monitoring all timers and alarms is also easy, as they can be shown all by once.
Perfect Timekit is available for free in the Microsoft Store, and you can download it right now. The free version comes with built-in ads, which you can remove by paying $0.99.
Round Workout Timer
In a sea of ‘workout helpers’ available on basically any platform, it’s hard to decide which one’s the best. But we think Round Workout Timer is definitely one of the better ones.
This app allows you to create a specific timer for basically any of your workouts.
The best thing about Workout Timer is because it comes with numerous presets, which can save you a lot of time when setting up a timer for a specific sport.
You have the freedom of the number and duration of sets, but this option is not unlimited. Namely, the app allows you to include up to 20 sets, with a maximum duration of 30 minutes per set.
However, we think that’s more than enough to keep you organized in the gym.
Just like the majority of timer apps, Round Workout Timer also offers you a handful of sound effects to ‘accompany’ your timers.
You might get lost in its interface if you’re a first time user, because it features a lot of presets, and adjustable options, but after some time of using the app, you won’t have any problems more.
Round Workout Timer is available on Windows 10 Mobile, and you can download it for free from the Microsoft Store.
Best timer apps for Windows 10 (paid version)
And now let’s see what are the best premium paid Windows 10 timer software available on the market.
These tools bring additional features and options compared to the free software listed above.
Struggling to find focus, as your thoughts often wander off your important assignment? Well, a program called Focus Booster might have a solution.
This program is pretty easy to use, and has (in our opinion) the most beautiful interface of all programs on our list.
It uses a famous Pomodoro technique for time management (breaks time into 25 minutes interval, with 5 minutes break).
However, Focus Booster allows you to adjust your own session and break length, and work at your own pace.
As we said, the interface is straightforward, so you just set up a timer, toggle a ticking background sound on and off, toggle the main alarm sound on or off, and the countdown will begin.
Focus Booster beautifully designed to look like a meter. It shows you the time progress, and fulfills the bar with green color as the time progresses.
Focus Booster is not entirely free. You can get a free version, but you’ll be only limited to 20 sessions per month.
The Individual option gives you 200 sessions for $3/pm, while the Unlimited version costs $5/pm. You can find out more about the pricing plans in the link below.
That concludes our list of the best timer apps for Windows 10.
What do you think about our picks?
There’s a chance we’ve missed some great apps or programs that you use, so don’t hesitate to tell us about your favourite timer apps for Windows 10 in the comments section below.
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