First, it’s just a quick check of your Facebook newsfeed, but then you might as well see what’s new on Reddit. And hey, you probably need something on Amazon, and chances are there’s a new cat video somewhere on the Internet that you should totally watch right now…click, click, click and you’ve just spent half your day wasting time instead of making money.
Procrastination opportunities are almost inescapable when you work in front of a computer all day, especially if there’s no boss to yell at you for watching just one more episode of Orange Is the New Black on Netflix while you “work.” Thankfully, you’re not alone and some folks (likely fellow procrastinators) have com
e up with tools to keep you away from those time-sucking websites we all love so much. Check out these site blockers extensions and add-ons out there, depending on your Internet browser.
Firefox: Check out LeechBlock, an Add-On that lets you create groups of websites to block and then set times for when you want them blocked. Alternatively, you can set time limits on how long you can be on a blocked site. If you want to be really good, have someone else set the password so you can’t access the extension options.
Google Chrome: The StayFocused extension restricts the time you can spend on specific sites. Once you’ve reached your time limit, you’ll be blocked from the site for the rest of the day and then it’s bye-bye random YouTube videos. The nice thing about StayFocused is that it’s super customizable and you can block not only specific websites, but even types of content, like videos, games, etc.
Safari: Look into the WasteNoTime extension, which functions similar to the Firefox and Chrome site blockers.
Internet Explorer: There are no specific tools or extensions for IE (go figure), but you can always use the child safety functions and block sites that way. (Here’s an eHow article about it!) Additionally, the KeepMeOut service works on any browser. It won’t actually block
you from a site, but it will send you a warning if you visit specific sites too frequently. Sometimes just being told that you’re being lazy is enough to get you back on track.
So there you have it. Pull yourself out of that Wikipedia rabbit hole and actually get some work done. Just don’t forget to hide your smartphone.
By Jessica Noah
P.S. Reading the Demand Studio Blog is not a waste of time, a method of procrastination or rabbit-holing.