In 1989, Jan Rogers watched her youngest daughter struggle to grasp the concept of time. Whether she was getting ready for school, doing homework, or going to bed, her daughter often felt anxious because she didn’t understand how minutes and seconds elapsed.
“How much longer? When will we go? How long is 15 minutes? When will dinner be ready?” her daughter often asked.
Jan tried the usual timing techniques but the kitchen timer, analog and digital clocks didn’t do the trick. Determined to find a solution for her daughter, Jan used two paper plates to illustrate how time passes to her daughter.
“If she could show her daughter what time looked like as it was going away, it would be easier for her to understand and manage,” says Time Timer Co-Owner Heather Rogers.
Eventually, Jan’s concept evolved into an eight-inch device called the Time Timer. In its 25th year of production, the time management tool is designed to show the passage of time using a red disk. As time passes, the red disk disappears, allowing visual learners to better understand and utilize the time at hand.
The Time Timer was first used in special needs classrooms, where educators understood the importance of visual tools versus numeric. But soon, the Time Timer became a popular time management device in all-level classrooms, businesses and homes. Best-selling author Jake Knapp and local celebrity chef Jean-Robert both use the timer as part of their everyday routine. The benefits are universal, whether the red disk helps facilitate small group work, monitor daily routines, or keep meetings on track.
Over the past two decades, the Time Timer has gone from a local creation to a globally recognized resource sold in over 26 countries, while still being family-owned and operated in a small office in Madeira. Today, over one million organizations and individuals are using Time Timer products, including timers, watches, and mobile and desktop apps. The Time Timer has been recommended by Autism and ADHD experts, and it has received many national recognitions, including a 2013 Edison Award for product innovation and the 2019 Teacher’s Choice Award for the Family.
“As we celebrate 25 years, Time Timer will remain relevant and important in the lives of our customers, especially at this point in history when immediacy, instant gratification, and impatience are prevalent in our society, our culture, and our minds,” Jan says.
So whether you’re looking for a boost in personal productivity, want to help your kids stay on track, or need to maximize efficiency at work meetings, Time Timer can help you get there. The Time Timer comes in several models and durations, including 120-minute, 60-minute, 20-minute, and 5-minute. An app version is also available on iOS, Android, Mac and PC computers.
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