Focus & Digital Balance

Blogging about Digital Detox, distraction management, unplugging and a healthy lifestyle in our hyperconnected world

( OFFTIME ) takes off: 50.000 users

ot_50000_usersWhat a start: Just 2 weeks after our launch we reached 50.000 ( OFFTIME ) users yesterday.

We’re are very thankful for all the feedback, the excellent ratings (we’re glad that we can keep our 4.1/4.2 rating for a start) and all the friendly messages we got. Not to mention the amazing press coverage that we got. The article on techcrunch really got things moving. Positive reviews on the next web and many other tech sites followed. Thanks to our friends at openers we quickly managed to get in touch with major german and international newspapers, putting the results of our scientific study into place – even french, south american and indian press covered the story.

Share your ( OFFTIME ) experiences with us!

We’re looking forward to hear – and read – about your ( OFFTIME ) experience! What do you do in your ( OFFTIME )? How do you use the app?

Share your story – and let us and others know! Email us to on@offtime.co – We have 50 € Amazon vouchers for the best three stories that hit our inbox.

We’re looking forward to the upcoming weeks and to welcoming our next 50.000 users!
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Awareness hacks! Are we in need of a more mindful way of living?

Are we in need of a more mindful way of living? 

And what role can technology play in this?

Sebastian Neubauer Offtime Interview (Picture)Recently, we had the pleasure of talking to Sebastian Nienaber for an exchange of ideas, and a little Q&A.  Sebastian Nienaber worked with startups in Germany and UK as an internet entrepreneur, recently set up a meditation and mindfulness consultancy (Profuse29) in London and is also working on setting up a conference on Hacking Happiness (13. – 15. November 2014, London), a Summit on Human Potential, Performance and Wellbeing.  Continue reading

Say “goodbye” to constant availability: time-out app Offtime is set to reduce stress

Take Some OFFTIME

Berlin start-up Offtime launches its 1.0 version in collaboration with Humboldt University in Berlin – supported by a study which shows reliable data regarding its positive psychological effects

  • Offtime allows effective unplugging from the smartphone
  • The use of Offtime significantly contributes to a better recovery from work
  • At the same time, positive effects on work motivation are reflected

Berlin, 1st of October 2014. Today for the first time, Berlin start-up Offtime is going live with version 1.0 of its “unplugging” app in the Google Play Store. Already in early May, Offtime introduced a Preview at the re:publica 2014. The official launch is supported by a new work-life-balance study, conducted in cooperation with the Humboldt University in Berlin. This is the first time that reliable data regarding the positive effects of controlled smartphone “offtime” is presented. Co-founder and designer of the app, Michael Dettbarn, says, “we are very excited to go live with the new Offtime. In the last few months, thanks to the feedback we have received from our Preview users, we have continuously improved the app. In addition, he claims “the immediate positive effects from the use of Offtime on a daily basis are also shown by the results of our study at Humboldt University. We could not have wished for a better proof of concept.”

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