At first glance, the clock hidden in the bottom right corner of the screen seems to serve only one purpose - to accurately display the local time; however, it does much more than that. Windows 11 Clock is packed with features—alarms, timers, stopwatches, focus meetings, and world clocks—each designed to increase your productivity.
Integrated into the operating system, all of these tools encourage time management and assist with tasks.They work together to increase user productivity and provide a satisfying experience.Here's how to learn to use these Windows 11 clock features and get the most out of them.
Wake up on time with the Windows 11 alarm
Do you know what that old saying goes? "Early to bed and early to rise make a man healthy, rich, and wise" has never been truer.Starting your day early is just as important as getting a good night's sleep.After all, the early bird catches the worm.At this point, you can use the Windows 11 alarm to make sure you don't sleep in.
However, it doesn't stop there.If you have a habit of snoozing between work during the day, schedule an alarm on Windows 11 Alarm Clock to make sure your 15-minute nap doesn’t turn into a 3-hour nap.
Here's how to set one or more alarms on Windows 11 Alarm Clock:
1. Launch the Clock app and navigate to the Alarms section.
2. Click the "+" icon in the lower right corner to add an alarm.
3. Set the alarm by selecting the time, chime and snooze schedule.You can also tick the Repeat alarm option if you want it to ring more than once (or on any given day).
4. Click the "Save" button.
Once you've completed these steps, the alarm will go off on a specified schedule.You can create as many alarms as you want using the steps above.
How to View Multiple Time Zones with Windows 11 World Clock
We have seen a major shift in the global landscape since multinational corporations adopted remote work and students enrolled in overseas universities online.Employees of the same company work in different countries, dealing with customers from other parts of the world.Students take classes online and meet deadlines based on time in their home country.
In this age of remote work and online classes, it's imperative to be mindful of each other's time zones.You don't want to call your professors or colleagues in the middle of the night.
But figuring out time zones and calculating jet lag every day can become a constant, time-consuming hassle.At this time, the Windows 11 world clock appeared.With this feature, you can add multiple clocks for different time zones by following these steps:
1. Open the Clock app and select World Clock.
2. Tap the + icon in the lower right corner.
3. Search for a new location and click Add.
These steps will fix the respective country's time on the world map.You can also repeat these steps to add more clocks as needed.The Clock app will automatically organize your location so you can quickly find your local time and continue your work.
How to Time Tasks with Windows 11's Stopwatch and Timer
Do you habitually time yourself when completing tasks?Even if you don't, it's not too late to start.Regardless of your lifestyle, everyone needs to get things done and control how their time is spent.
Timing yourself can be quite helpful, especially when you're working on a fixed schedule and need to accomplish similar tasks efficiently.All you need to do is activate the stopwatch to supervise yourself before starting work.Once you're done, you'll know how long the task took and what your next goal should be, that is, how you can get more done in a relatively short amount of time.
To use the stopwatch on Windows 11, here's what you need to do:
1. Launch the "Start" menu.
2. Search for "clock" and press enter.This will prompt to open a new window.
3. Select Stopwatch from the menu.
4. Tap the "Play" icon to activate the stopwatch.
Or similarly, you can use a timer.When you set a timer, say 15 minutes, you allow yourself to focus all of your attention on one task for a certain period of time.With the timer on, you're fully focused on the task at hand, distractions are minimized, and it's a race against time.
Successful completion within a certain period of time will keep your motivation and productivity levels high.Then, you set another timer, and the cycle goes on and on.
Here's how to use the Windows 11 timer:
1. Start the "Clock" application.
2. Switch to the Timers tab.
3. Press the "+" icon in the lower right corner.
4. Set the time, give it a name, and click "Save" to set the timer.Through these steps, a timer is created and appears in this section.
5. Click the start icon to activate the timer.
How to Use Windows 11's Focus Sessions to Track Your Daily Progress
If you love documenting your work and want to take time management up a notch, Windows 11 Focus Sessions are the right way to go.Based on Pomodoro technology, they are the perfect tool to channel your energy and get things done in no time.Here you can set daily goals and work while listening to your Spotify playlists.
As the name suggests, these Windows 11 focus sessions can help you get overly focused on the job at hand.You can adjust the amount of time you want to spend on a task, and the amount of time you want to take a break.However, if you think the break breaks the momentum and prefer to work without distractions, you can choose to skip the break.
All in all, focus meetings are a handy productivity tool -- one you should equip yourself with.
Deciphering more and more Windows 11
As Windows 11 updates keep rolling out, we keep learning about interesting tricks and the latest improvements.Those who joined the Windows 11 beta and became part of the Windows Insider program can try out new features before the rest of the Windows community.
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