Sometimes we’re not as strong as we want to be about resisting procrastination — and that’s when tech can step in and help.
Self-control apps like Freedom, which sets up blocks around things that distract you on the computer, may seem silly, but they work. And now there is a new nifty tool to easily limit the time you spend goofing around on the internet.
Product engineer Cole McCollum has created a website called “Take a Five,” which lets you create a self-destructing browser tab to set the precise amount of time you want to be distracted for.
Here’s how it works.
You go to the website and input a number, say “5 minutes” — the amount of time you want to goof off for. The website then opens an internet tab for you, which has a little timer that counts down until 0. When the time runs out, the tab disappears — poof — and it’s time to get back to work.
But the tool works like a charm in Chrome.
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