“The brilliance is in the simplicity. It has a choice of 4 times (I got the 1-5-10-15 minute combination, but there are others.) Place the side with the time you want face up, and after the set number of minutes, it’ll beep at you. Flip the 0 side back up, and it’ll turn off.
Obviously, if the 4 times don’t fit what you need, you’re out of luck. If you have something for which a fixed timer works (I have a 15-minute task that I use this for), it’s perfect. I’ve had problems with mechanical timers that stop part way through, and electronic timers where the buttons wear out, and though I’ve only had this for a couple of months, I haven’t had any problems yet.”
Yeah, yeah, I know. How much effort can it save when you can set the timer on your stove nearly as fast? But this thing is uber-cool. Just turn it so the desired time is facing up and it begins to flash and you’re off.
As soon as you pick it up you realize how it works: There’s a metal ball bearing inside that makes contact with two points and begins a preset timer based on which side is up. It’s simple and absolutely brilliant and makes everything from cooking to laundry just a little easier.
“I homeschool and my oldest was having issues staying on task. With this he has finished on target way more than I expected! And it’s a cube…how can you not love it?! Given I have small hands, but it’s much bigger than I expected.”
“We ordered this on the recommendation of a speech therapist that was speaking on Executive Function of the brain. The idea is to help your child learn the feeling of how long it takes to complete things. It’s also useful in limiting video game or computer time.
My son, who has ADHD, has found it useful just to get started on homework which is a big plus. I say, “Just do 15 minutes of math now and then you can take a 45 minute break.” He seems to get most of it done and then usually goes ahead and finishes before taking his break. Sometimes just getting started is the really hard part for him. He’s a teen, so for younger children with the same problem, I might use the 5 min side.
We also use it for him to spend 5 minutes on picking up his room everyday. It keeps his room from becoming such a disaster area by the weekend when the heavy duty cleaning happens.”
“I bought this to help motivate myself and my kids to tackle tasks. It has helped all of us way more than I anticipated!
I use it in 2 ways:
1. In a beat-the-clock fashion (ie, “Can we finish <sucky chore> in X minutes?”)
2. In a limited-time fashion (ie, “Let’s do as much as we can of <sucky chore> in X minutes.”)
I’m honestly surprised by how well this is working with my kids. They love to set the timer, even if we don’t need to time something. They have also begun requesting I set it for things like sharing and bath time. Unexpected, excellent additional use!”
“We love this little cube timer by Datexx. We found these timer perfect for setting time limits for our kids for various activities such as cleaning their rooms, video game/electronics time, time outs, quiet time and reading homework. It also adds a little bit of a fun element to getting their chores done quickly to try and beat the timer. 🙂 It has been a life saver for our family! ”
I am not a genius by any means. Infact, I did poorly in high-school and barely made it into college with my placement scores. My first class happened to be psychology. My psych professor’s first lesson was on the importance of time regulation and mental retention. Studies prove that mental retention drops significantly after 25-30 minutes and continues to decline. However, in only 5 minutes of genuine break (actual fun, fresh air, etc) that removes the mind temporarily from the subject and receives endorphins from something the student ‘actually’ wants to do, is enough time for a complete mental recharge. This cube made such practice, practical. I didn’t need to constantly set my watch or phone timer. I quickly flipped and kept on track