Boost your productivity, block time sucking websites with StayFocusd

It happens to everyone, especially people working with computers. We sit down at our desk, willing to finish everything for the day, be more productive than yesterday. All that positive energy goes down when you start checking Facebook, see what’s going on Twitter, play a game of Poker –at the end of the day, you realize that you’ve actually wasted all your time and no work has been done.

I stumbled upon a Google Chrome extension called StayFocusd that helps you stay focused on your work by restricting the amount of time you can spend on time-wasting websites. With StayFocusd you can set the maximum number of minutes per day that you will be allowed to browse sites on the Blocked Sites list. For example, to check your Facebook feed, you don’t need more than 10 – 20 minutes, probably less. Enter the url in settings and allot the site, Facebook in our case, 20 minutes a day.

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Max time allowed (in settings) is 10 minutes which can be increased or decreased.

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StayFocusd has a lot of options. It gives you the ability to block or allow entire sites, specific subdomains, specific paths, specific pages, even specific in-page content (videos, games, images, forms, etc). You can also set the time at which StayFocusd will reset your allowed time for the day.

One of the best options that I like is ‘The Nuclear Option’. Lets assume, you’ve allotted Facebook 20 minutes per day. You get frustrated and increase the allotted time to use the site. That’s when The Nuclear Option comes in handy.

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Activating this option will block sites for the number of hours you indicate, independent of your Active Days or Active Hours. There is no way to cancel this once you activate it.

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All in all, this is one the best apps that will help you in staying focused.

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