If you are one of those individuals who spend a lot of their time sitting in front of the computer and wondering what to do, then this article is meant for you my friend. If you stalk unknown people on social networking websites or spend hours watching videos online and listening to music tracks, have you ever thought about how much time you are wasting? Well, you are not alone and there are millions of people out there who are doing the exact same thing as you are. In the post below, you will find some simple strategies which will help you to get back to work on time as well as will save you from the technological black hole of the world, the Internet.
This is not another article for bashing people who use the internet for longer hours than they are supposed to. In fact, it is entirely impractical and abnormal to stay away from all sorts of social media networks. But have you ever thought about what it would be like to limit the amount of time you spend on surfing the internet unnecessarily. StayFocusd is a very popular browser extension to Google Chrome and it will help you in doing exactly the same. It can be downloaded free of cost from the Google Chrome Web Store.
You will notice a new button/ icon on Google Chrome’s URL bar as soon as you have installed StayFocusd. Simply click on this icon and you will have the control over the amount of time that you will be spending on each website every single day. Once the allotted time is exceeded, you will not be able to access that particular website until the next day.
For setting timer on your Facebook profile, open the Facebook home page and click on the StayFocusd icon on the URL bar. The setting page of StayFocusd for Facebook will be opened on your screen. For restricting access to any particular website, click on “Block This Entire Website” or click on “Advanced Options” button for blocking only some of the pages on Facebook. Here, you will have to enter the custom URLs of those pages which you want to block. Also, click on “Settings” and enter the amount of time for which you want to access the restricted websites altogether. Simply set the number of minutes to 0, in case you want to block any website entirely. The time which you set will be applied to all the restricted websites and not any particular one.
StayFocusd is also useful for parents who do not want their kids to visit adult websites on the internet. StayFocusd works for Google Chrome only. However, other browsers, such as IE and Firefox also have similar extensions.
Another extension of Google Chrome, the Title Time Tracker will also help you in staying focused. After installing this extension, you will constantly see the time that you are spending on any website on the title bar. Hence, you will be motivated to stop wasting your time and do something more productive.
In case you are not addicted to internet, but spend a lot of your time going through random stuff on your PC, www.rescuetime.com (Rescue Time) is the right application for you. This will help you in keeping a track on your activities and will encourage you to stay focused in life.