I'm sure I'm the only person in the world to do that.
What I had tried to use before was a wind-up kitchen timer. It would buzz to remind me to move on to another project--namely, my current writing project. However, the timer broke. I won't mention where I bought it, but most of you would probably get it right in the first guess.
A week ago I downloaded a free countdown timer for my desktop.
The visual countdown display and the buzzer were just what I needed.
I had been reluctant to do this, though, because of the "gifts" that free downloads bring. I worked very hard with the download to uncheck the right boxes so that I would download only the timer, but I failed.
A new toolbar was added to my internet, which I had to uninstall. A straightforward set of instructions was provided with the download, but still . . . I hate fussing with that stuff.
However, I really like the timer. The countdown visual sits above any screen I'm working on (if I choose to let it), so I see it as a reminder. It's easy to set for hours, minutes, and seconds. I use the minutes setting for my marketing.
It works well--I've got twelve minutes left on it right now for today's session.
Here is the download URL: http://drive-software.com/freedesktoptimer.html
Just remember that I tried and failed at not downloading anything extra, so don't get mad at me if you have to read a bit and "uninstall" a toolbar also.
I want to add a photo to this post, so TIME'S UP! Happy writing to you.
Copyright 2012 by Thomas L. Kepler, all rights reserved