IT IS TIME TO RELAX!

Holidays are coming! And we need to enjoy that time as much as possible in order to recharge batteries! so before find a place where to go, you must be think about what you need to do or how to refill energy. Did you think about that?

Most of the people think that go to a new place will be enough to enjoy your holidays but the mind also needs a rest. If you are in a beach but you are checking your mobile every minute without see the views or enjoying the moment, you will feel that you did not have time to holidays.

There are some things that will help you to be present and reconnect with your body during your time off

1. Meditate. This habit will help you to reduce stress and promote your emotional health

2. Disconnect of your electronic devices. OFFTIME APP can help you to forget about your mobile during a period of time, this app will block your apps, calls and messages and you will be able to focus in what matters yo you, just relax your mind an reconnect with yourselves.

3. Take a relaxing walk, this will get you to cheer you up and it will make you see things more positively.

Also if you think that you cannot follow this tips alone, there are hotels that can assist you, for example Royal Hideaway Sancti Petri (Spain), This hotel will keep your phone in a locker so will not have temptation to check it, they offer yoga in a paradisaical place and you can have long relaxed walk along the beach.

These steps will make your vacation more enjoyable and fruitful

When you and you partner are two … and your phones.

The use of mobile  is invading more and more every aspect of our lives. Your partnet, one of the vital points, can also be affected by the use of mobile devices. Do you think this isn’t affecting you? We’ll show you how your phones are more present than you imagine.

Studies are beginning to show that the use of mobiles in a couple can affect it without our noticing. Dr. Nancy Etcoff, an expert in Mind-Brain Behavior and the Science of Happiness at Harvard University conducted a digital study between November 30, 2017 and December 26, 2017. About 4,418 mobile users participated, between the ages of 16 to 65 in the United States, Brazil, France and India. The study revealed that many of the users preferred using their phone rather than having a conversation with their loved ones.

On the other hand, Kaspersky Lab carried out a survey in 18 countries, with more than 18 thousand couples participants, each couple with more than a six months of stable relationship. The study revealed data as chilling as that, although 72% of respondents say they have nothing to hide from their partner in the content of their conversations and their phone in general, 61% say they do not want their partner to review your device.

In addition, at least 55% of the couples reported discussing habitually due to the excessive use of devices.

At OffTime we know that your partner is very important to you, so we bring some tips so you can enjoy your partner and recover the spark without your devices bothering you:

– Use OffTime together and set times together. During those moments, the app will help you to disconnect and enjoy the moments together without anything distracting you.

– When you are eating at home or in a restaurant, do not put your mobile on the table. Studies show that the presence of a cell phone, with the possibility that it may sound or vibrate, can inhibit the free flow of the conversation.

– Designate “phone free” zones. Decide as a couple the areas of your home, such as the living room and the kitchen, which should be free of technology. This way you will take advantage of every occasion with your partner to enjoy cooking together or watch a movie without distractions.

Thanks to these tips and the use of OffTime app, you will enjoy those moments wit the ones that really matter.

Benefits about being disconnected

We are in the age of hyperconnectivity in fact some studies show that mobile phone decreases our ability to make things more efficiently. Deep work is like a super power in our increasingly competitive twenty-first century economy. Most people have lost the ability to go deep—spending their days instead in a frantic blur of e-mail and social media, not even realizing there’s a better way. Cal Newport in his book, Deep Work: Rules for Focused Success in a Distracted World, analyze this and give some tips to get focus in what you do. Apart from this guidance and tips,OFFTIME App will help you to implement this tips to make sure that you are doing what you have to do, avoiding distractions from you smartphone.

an important change

UPDATE:

OFFTIME

On September the founders of the Berlin startup OFFTIME published an open letter announcing the removal of their successful Offtime-App from Android and iOS stores as more and more mainstream adopts solutions which the team pioneered – meaning to mark the end of the startup’s story. But now, this story continues…

mINdCUBEd S.L.  (a subsidiary of Entertainment Solutions, S.L.)  and OFFTIME GmbH are proud to announce that mINdCUBEd S.L. is taking over OFFTIME and commits to further develop and enhance the project as a contribution to digital wellbeing. The idea and the strong demand by OFFTIME users deserve it!

Among this massive world of amazing applications that enhances our lives, OFFTIME went beyond the limits: just a brilliant idea converted into an app to take care of our time and define the boundaries with people able to say “NO, THANKS. It’s my TIME”. The perspective and features that OFFTIME has pioneered since 2012 have been included in Google’s recent Digital Wellbeing announcement, Apple’s Digital Health initiative and Tencent’s initiatives on addiction.

mINdCUBEd S.L.  is born out of Entertainment Solutions (ES) team, committed, hands-on, deep tech professionals who fully support the values behind OFFTIME and therefore decided to take over it as a part of their strong commitment with 21st Century Society development:

  • ES team has been growing IT Solutions since 2006, from the very first European Hotel that decided to deploy IPTV technology in 2007 thanks to ZAFIRO (formerly INGEsuite).
  • And now, ES strongly believes digital wellbeing is necessary with advanced time management tools taking care of our private lives. Therefore, TheAppLab is taking over and showing both respect and gratitude to OFFTIME team.

OFFTIME will continue helping you to make quality time for your family, friends and yourself. Time is not gold, time is life and mINdCUBEd is pleased to help us all to create a better life.

The development continues: OFFTIME will now be reworked to include new valuable features. Smartphone users demand better work-life-tech-balance solutions, having a say when it comes to a healthy digital lifestyle. Now and in the future OFFTIME will be at your side , feel free to come and bring us your suggestions.

 

Miguel Mora

Entertainment Solutions Co-Founder & mINdCUBEd Founder

 

Alex and Michael

Co-Founder OFFTIME

 

 

 

 


Dear Offtimer,

We’re writing to let you know about an important change.

We’re extremely proud to say that over the last few years, OFFTIME has made a significant and lasting impact on the technology sector. The perspective and features that OFFTIME has pioneered since 2012 have been included in Google’s recent Digital Wellbeing announcement, Apple’s Digital Health initiative, and Tencent’s initiatives on addiction. Needless to say, many more companies are following suit.

Beginning with our modest crowdfunding campaign, it’s been quite the journey for us. Since then, we’ve been involved in numerous public engagements, research and talks, achieved recognition as one of Google’s Best 100 Apps of the year, been cited in over 1,500 news articles, and our solutions have attracted over two million users while creating more than 2250 years of undistracted time. After creating the momentum that we did, seeing big tech companies adopt and promote the ideas and features we cultivated is the latest progression.

Now that Tencent, Google, Apple, and other large tech companies have made our core functionalities available on their platforms and apps, we’re announcing today that we are shutting down OFFTIME for iOS and Android. From here on out, the app will no longer be available for download, while existing users will be able to continue using the apps for the next few months until they fade out.

The magnitude of this milestone should not be overlooked. While we may be shutting down, we truly believe these initiatives symbolise an important transition in the tech industry’s worldview. It’s changed from,”if you have a problem with our product, don’t use it” to, “as tech companies, it’s our responsibility to design products in a way that puts people first”. Tencent, Google, and Apple embracing digital health in this way signifies the strong consumer demand for these features, and their tangible, far-reaching benefits. We hope that this empowers employees of other tech companies to advocate for humane technology and positive ‘post-tech’ changes. In an industry that’s still largely focused on capturing and retaining the attention of its users, these features serve as a novel competitive advantage.

While the features announced by the big tech companies only cover basic functionality, this is certainly the first step in the right direction – a path that contemplates what consumers want and we as humans need, and incorporates these ideas into the design of their products. It’s also a promising step towards tackling issues like fake news, mental health, loneliness, inequality, and addiction. The fact that the big tech companies have picked up the baton and begun this journey for themselves should be celebrated. Not least for the fact that there’s more awareness and discussion around this topic than ever before, as well as more resources available to make further progress. Behavioural addiction and manipulation on scale in relation to technology is a gigantic challenge for the individual and our society as whole today.

We’ve always called for technology that supports its users rather than exploits them. We envisioned how some of the first technical features and non-technical approaches embodying this ideology would look. Now it’s up to others to continue pushing this frontier. Some of the current competition was sparked by our work, while others, like Levi Felix, Tristan Harris, Kevin Holsh, and Fred Stutzman started at around the same time. Therefore, we’re happy to see that initiatives such as Time Well Spent/Center for Humane TechnologyEthicalOS, and many others will continue to engage with these vital issues in their own ways.

This is still the dawn of our digital revolution – an age where technology is at our core, both as individuals and as a society. We urge you to keep thinking critically about the role that technology plays in your lives. We remain hopeful, and are looking forward to a future where the industry genuinely has the individual’s and humanity’s best interests at heart.

It was a great journey. We’re thankful for all the support we received from our users, investors, mentors, team, friends, and families – and for the chance to work on something bigger than ourselves. In the end, it’s all about staying human in a digital age.

All the best from Berlin,

Alexander and Michael,
Co-Founders

September 2018

On the “Future of Work” and our place in the “Internet of Things”

work awesome - robots - cyborgs - offtime

We’ll be talking on two exciting topics in June and July: about the “Future of Work” and our place in the “Internet of Things”. For this we’re invited to the “Work Awesome – Conference on the Future of Work”, the “Work Awesome – Conversations on the Future of Work”, and “The IoT – Kitchen Talk – ROBOTS, CYBORGS, SENSORS”. Please come by, say hello, and join the conversation!

Find the event details below: Continue reading