Focus & Digital Balance

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

Reaching new heights: Swisscom ‚My Time‘ & 100.000 users

ot_socialmedia_ads_mytime_launch1_enWe got two great news to share: We hit 100 000 downloads with ( OFFTIME ) just two months after launch. At the same time, our swiss users can now download the app under the name „My Time“ in Switzerland exclusively. Since the beginning of this year ( OFFTIME ) was developed in cooperation with the telecom provider Swisscom. Read more in the official press release (German) below. Continue reading

( 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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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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RE/CONNECT at re:publica 14 – RECAP

RE/CONNECT - RP14

In partnership with simyo, ( OFFTIME ) proudly hosted the RE/CONNECT space at re:publica 14, one of Europe’s largest social media conferences. As digital revellers of every species made their way around the conference, over five hundred gravitated towards the RE/CONNECT space to take a little time out, and to make a statement about their on/off-line lives. RE/CONNECT was also the setting for the successful launch of our app, ‘( OFFTIME ) Preview’. Continue reading