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Distracted? Buy A Timer NOW!

Updated on April 8, 2015

Buy A Timer, A Great Productivity Tool For Managing Your Time

You should definitely buy a timer if you don't already have one! A recent discussion about the use of timers amongst a group of work-at-home moms showed that they are helpful and led to the creation of this page. Our discussion centered around the need for a using this device to avoid burnt food in the kitchen...but there are, of course, many reasons for using one.

Besides the obvious use of a timer for timing something that is cooking in the kitchen, friends also cited timing various activities like computer time or time spent on a certain task and I know the Fly Lady recommends using a timer for as little as 15 minutes of focused time on a job that needs doing. Parents use them to guide their childrens electronic use and even to help little ones who don't spend enough time brushing their teeth know how long to brush.

This page includes a multitude of timers from the very simple, inexpensive practical ones to fun, novelty ones and fancy, electronic ones. Whether you are after a spirited or a serious one, there is a wonderful selection on this page. Hopefully, the perfect timer for you is here.

Click here to buy this 60-minute timer from Amazon.

Definition of a Timer

Wikipedia defines a timer as a specialized type of clock which can be used to control the sequence of an event or process. They go on to say that a timer counts down from a beginning time and that they can be mechanical, electromechanical, electronic or even software.

What makes a good timer? - Here are a few considerations:

  • Simple to use.
  • Alarm is loud enough.
  • Magnetic back so that you can affix it to surfaces like your fridge, range hood, etc.
  • Easy to clean.
  • Good quality.
  • Attractive styling.
  • Good price point.

Professional Triple Digital Timer by Redi-Chek

Yes, that means THREE in one.

Perfect for when you are cooking more than one dish at a time because this professional double timer will time two or three jobs at one time! Features a fold-down stand so that you can stand it on the counter and a magnet so that you can attach it to your fridge, oven, range hood, apron, filing cabinet, or wherever you need it to be.

Amazon Customer Review: "The Maverick Redi-Chek three-line timer is the best, most dependable, and easiest-to-use kitchen timer I've ever owned." - J. Malin

A Kitchen Timer Is Not Only For The Kitchen, It Is Also A Productivity Tool

Kitchen Timers for Productivity - A YouTube video.

"The more you lean into your kitchen timer, the more you might find you use it. The more you use it, the more helpful it becomes." -

GOGO Digital Timer
GOGO Digital Timer | Source

Kitchen Timer With Large Readout

Features large numbers.

The Chef's Kitchen Timer is a digital with a large display, as the picture so clearly shows! It features numbers that are easy to read and an extra-loud alarm. It has a display stand for your counter (or desk) and a magnet so that you can affix it to a metal surface. I have a timer with large numbers, it is a favorite for the very reason that it is easier to read from a distance.

Click here to order this Kitchen Timer With Large Readout from Amazon.

Do you own a timer?

This page was developed after a discussion in which one Mom, asked, "Do I spend too much time online?" She had put a yummy cake in the oven and then went to work on her project on the computer...two hours later her husband wondered if the cake should come out of the oven. Several other Moms who also work online confessed to similar fiascos in their kitchens and the common need for and use of timers was discovered.

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Keep Food From Burning In Style!

Chicken Timer
Chicken Timer | Source

Chicken Kitchen Timer

Fun and farm fresh!

Whether you collect chickens or farm-themed items or even if you just want one funky element in this collection, you'll enjoy putting this timer to good use.

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A Chef Timer...

Every Chef should own one of these!

Both of my young adult sons like to cook and I am sure that both of them would like to have this timer in their kitchen.

This was originally created as a piece representing orthodox Modernism, a new style of Americana. This, the A09 kitchen timer designed by Michael Graves, is now a classic timer available in different colors and finishes and made from 18/10 stainless steel and plastic with a mechanical movement style.

Timer With A Carrying Cord or Lanyard

This is the only timer that has a carrying cord that received a five-star rating from Amazon's customers. Featuring a 36-inch cord, it is perfect for carrying around the house or wherever you need it. (From the kitchen to the computer, perhaps?) It features a large display with a clock, a timer and a counter and also has a magnet for placing the unit on your fridge or other metal surface.

Amazon Customer Review:"I work from home, so I have the option of making bread during the day. Using this clock/stopwatch allows me to work on the computer or phone and keep track of my rising bread. I now time my cooking correctly - YAY!" - Andrew Wysocki

You Know You Need A Timer If Your Husband Refers To The Smoke Detector As The Oven Timer!

© 2009 Treasures By Brenda

Are you out of time? I hope you've left a moment to say hello!

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      RecipePublishing 6 years ago

      Greay ideas.

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      enslavedbyfaeries 7 years ago

      OMG, this is hilarious for those of us who regularly burn dinner while Squidooing! I invested in an extra smoke alarm, but really should have got a timer to go with it. :D

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      palaceofglass 8 years ago

      Interesting lens. I think I'll follow a couple your tips.Check out and Art Glass

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      tandemonimom lm 8 years ago

      I have MY timer, which I use in the kitchen, and several others scattered about for the kids (timing computer use, reading time, etc). Timers rule! Lensrolled to MomTips: In the Kitchen.

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      AlisonMeacham 8 years ago

      This works so well. Such a simple step to take but it really is essential - so for those thinking about it just buy one!

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      Wendy Henderson 8 years ago from PA

      These are cool timers. Nice lens.

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      Dianne Loomos 8 years ago

      Love all the cute timers. I have one on the stove and keep meaning to buy another one but I think I need to quit procrastinating about it!

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      Mary 8 years ago from Chicago area

      Brenda, they also make visual timers, such as the Time Timer. Really helps my kids (2 of 3 have ADD). We use the oven timer to limit screen time....but mostly the kids', not mine. I keep saying I **need** to use a timer for MY screen time. Nice lens! 5*****

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      You know, I am kicking myself for not doing this when I did my Time Management Lens! Very good, lensrolled to a couple of mine and Blessed!

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      Tuula Olin 8 years ago

      Very nice lens, Brenda. I think I better buy one. My favorite is the chef timer!

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      Susan Deppner 8 years ago from Arkansas USA

      Been there, almost done that (about the overdone cake). It's a wonder I haven't burned down my house since I started on Squidoo. I use my timers for everything. Couldn't live without them. I really need the one with the lanyard to wear when I go outdoors. Great lens!

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      Heather Burns 8 years ago from Wexford, Ireland

      Brenda, you are too funny! good idea for a lens...