One of the worst strategies in managing your time is dedicating too much time towards figuring out the most effective way to prioritize your time. If you work in front of a computer, I’ve bet you’ve been there just as I have. We’ve shared a lot of solutions that you can use to make better use of your available time here at MUO, and I’ve got two more options for our Firefox users.
The two key elements of being able to manage your day in the browser are being able to actually see how you’re spending your time, and then being able to force yourself to manage that time more effectively. Mind the Time does the former and Time Limiter does the latter. Let’s look at how to put each add-on to effective use.
Mind the Time achieves a very simple goal for the user:
Keep track of how much time you spend on the web, and where you spend it. A ticker shows (1) time spent at the current site and (2) total time spent on the web today. A summary page shows data for today and the past seven days.
There are three major parts to this add-on – the ticker, the summary page, and reminder messages.
The ticker is shown in your add-on bar. It shows your time on the current website and then your total time on the web today (in hours and minutes).
The summary page offers graphs to break down of how you’ve spent your day and week.
You can access the summary page by clicking on your ticker.
The reminder messages can be configured in the add-on’s preferences, which can be found as a link on the summary page.
A simple, easy, and effective add-on that lets you track your browser usage!
Although Time Limiter is in the preliminary stages of its development, the add-on is already very useful and I can see constant improvements being made by the author. You can feel safe giving this add-on a spin. The perks of using Time Limiter include wildcard rules, reminders, and password protection.
After installing the add-on, you can access Time Limiter through your context menu (by right clicking). From there, you can quickly and easily set up new lock and remind rules.
As you can see, setting up either rule is very straightforward and simple. If you’re the paranoid type, or other savvy people use your computer, you can even password protect Time Limiter.
You’re able to pay attention to your remaining time if you’ve set up a lock rule. The time remaining is displayed in the title bar. When your time is up, the page is immediately blocked.
For those of us who are weak-willed, you won’t be able to just remove the restriction either.
If Mind the Time alone doesn’t get the job done for you, force yourself using Time Limiter!
Separately, each of these add-ons make for a great way to expose the time you use in your browser every day. When put together, they make an awesome combination that allows you to visualize your day and force yourself to be more productive.
Do you need to use browser add-ons to regulate your Internet use or can you manage to stay productive without them?