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Where did the time go? You got on your computer and the next thing you know it’s been 3 hours and you’re in some vast part of the Interwebs, or perhaps on one of the many sites notorious for wasting time 15 Of The Most Disastrous Online Time Wasters 15 Of The Most Disastrous Online Time Wasters What distracts you most when you're trying to get things done online? Read More , neither of which of anything to with why you got online in the first place.

Does that scenario seem familiar? I would bet that everyone can relate to it to some degree – I know I can. There are a lot of techniques when it comes to managing your time, such as blocking time-wasting websites How to Really Block Time-Wasting Websites How to Really Block Time-Wasting Websites Finding yourself unproductive because of distracting sites? Block them. No, seriously: block them. If you've got work to get done, and you can't focus because the Internet is too fascinating, make it impossible for your... Read More . One thing I found for myself is that simply being more aware of where and how I’m spending my time dramatically improves my focus.  This is where the extension, Limitless (originally called Be Limitless) comes in.

What Limitless Does And How It Helps You

Limitless is simple – it tracks and categorizes your browsing habits, and allows you to see how productive your browsing was for that day. You will see the exact amount of time, down to the second, that you spent on a website. For instance, you may have spent one hour on MakeUseOf, meaning you spent one hour in “Technology”. That changes, though, when you spend time on another website in the same category of “Technology”.

Limitless - most-visited websites

Limitless features a speed dial of the most-visited websites in the main view. You can easily toggle this feature on and off with one click.

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Limitless - Hide top sites

By clicking the second icon at the top,  you access detailed analytics of each category with the amount of time spent and overall percentage.

Limitless - Detailed Analytics

Your usage and preferences are different from mine and the next person’s, so Limitless gives you the ability to customize the categories a website belongs to and whether it’s a “productive” site or not. A website can belong to as many categories as you like – just separate them with a comma.

Limitless - Edit site category

You can also make these changes from the Limitless dropdown menu by right-clicking the extension while on the website. To clarify, you would need to be on MakeUseOf.com to edit the categories it belongs to. From this menu, you have a few checkboxes allowing you to toggle tracking of the site, if it’s productive, and applying the same settings to all secondary websites with the same domain as “makeuseof.com”, or whatever website you’re on.

Limitless - Dropdown detail menu (png)

It’s All In The Little Things

Limitless is far from only a sleek-looking new tab page that tracks your browsing habits — it’s a complete self-improvement tool. Sure, many of the features are simple, but that in itself is what makes them so great and useful.

Notes With Reminders

Limitless - Notepad

Limitless understands the importance of writing thoughts down when they come to mind. They also understand that these types of thoughts can take away from your current productive and creative flow. Their solution is a distraction-free scratchpad you can use to quickly jot down the thought and come back to it later. There are a lot of great note-taking tools, but they often aren’t conducive to the “quick note”. They require a title, tags, and so on. That doesn’t mean they’re bad, but the more time you spend away from what you were working on when the thought came to you, the greater the chance you’ll become distracted.

Limitless - Notepad with reminders

The notepad can be used with keywords, “Countdown:”, “Remind me:” and “Todo:”, which will display the text under the weather in the top right corner. They will also show up occasionally in larger font when opening a new tab.

Limitless - countdown, reminder and todo collage

There’s also a link at the bottom of the notepad to send the text through Gmail – great for distraction-free emailing. You could also use this feature and email the notes you typed into a note manager, like Evernote.

Limitless - notepad - send through Gmail

Daily And Yearly Goals

Limitless - Goals

Have you ever had the feeling that despite the goals you set for the year, even the day, you feel detached from them, perhaps even lose sight of them temporarily? If this happens often enough, you won’t achieve them. In order to help prevent this, Limitless prompts you to enter one goal for the day and one for the year.

Limitless - Settings - edit goals

Inspiring Images Coupled With Useful Tips And Quotes

Limitless - Distraction Time

Limitless - Quick tip

Opening your new tab page, no matter how awesome it is, with the same image every time eventually gets old and uninspiring. But not with Limitless – each time you open a new tab, you’ll be greeted with an inspiring quote, or a useful fact or tips on productivity 12 Productivity Habits To Finally Hack Your Life In The New Year 12 Productivity Habits To Finally Hack Your Life In The New Year A common resolution for most working people is to be more productive. In this article, we'll explore twelve bad habits that you can change -- one per month -- to drastically improve your workload productivity. Read More , self improvement, relationships, or health and fitness.

Limitless - Useful fitness info

Limitless - health tip

The little facts and inspiration they slip into this extension are just awesome.

Limitless - useful fact

You can even share the quotes by clicking on the heart below them.

Limitless - share quote

Final Thoughts

There are a lot of new tab page extensions available 9 Ways to Customise the New Tab Page in Chrome 9 Ways to Customise the New Tab Page in Chrome Chrome's new tab page is serviceable, but a bit boring. Whether you're looking for a nice background for your new tab page or want to easily create your own visual bookmarks, add custom widgets, and... Read More , and I’ve previously reviewed many great new tab page extensions 4 Great Apps And Extensions To Renovate Chrome's New Tab Page 4 Great Apps And Extensions To Renovate Chrome's New Tab Page By now, customizing Chrome's New Tab Page isn't a new concept – there are lots of apps and extensions that can do this. And in that rises the problem – there are so many to... Read More , as well as Currently Currently: The Modern Way To View The Weather And Time, All In One Tab [Chrome] Currently: The Modern Way To View The Weather And Time, All In One Tab [Chrome] Are you ready to be introduced to the best New Tab/Start Page since the beginning of Google Chrome? Well you better get ready because it’s coming! Actually, it has already been around for several months... Read More . Then I discovered Limitless, which  has the perfect balance between useful features, but a minimal and beautiful design. The best part of all, though, is that they’re constantly improving it. The “share quote” feature was one of the most recent changes. So expect to see many more great features in the future.

The second best part is that the developers are always open to your ideas and input. Send them a tweet or fill out the suggestion form by clicking the feedback (megaphone) icon.

Limitless - Feedback

In addition to Twitter, they also have a presence on Facebook, Tumblr (their official blog), Pinterest and Quora where they share articles and tips for improving productivity and bettering yourself.

Download: Limitless from the Chrome Store

Interested in improving your productivity even more? Check out our simple productivity guide for everyone! Do you use Limitless? What are your thoughts on it?

  1. Andreas
    November 9, 2016 at 12:20 am

    It should show a new picture everytime the new tab is opend, but it shows the SAME picture everytime which I find very annoying... Is there anyway to change it?

  2. dn
    August 6, 2016 at 7:23 pm

    I dont think the countdown feature works anymore, sadly

  3. Harald Stoll
    March 9, 2014 at 3:10 pm

    I'd suggest using Rescue+ instead

  4. Fabrizio Bianchi
    March 7, 2014 at 10:45 pm

    You convinced me Aaron, but there is one important feature missing: to be able to categorize specific paths in the URL as productive. As someone who gets, believe it or not, very productive on Reddit, I would like to be able to categorize /r/italy as non-productive while categorizing /r/PPC as productive.

  5. Dann A
    March 7, 2014 at 7:53 am

    Great writeup, Aaron! I started using Limitless about a month ago, and I've come to really like it. I didn't know that you could create reminders and to-do items and e-mails, though. That's pretty awesome. I think I'm going to start taking advantage of it even more! One question, though; do you know how it calculates time when you're using another program? Does it stop the timer, or does it just continue on the tab that's currently open? I haven't been able to figure it out.

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