With social media today, it is very easy to lose focus on the work at hand and get distracted. If you’re like me, you probably have Facebook open along with Twitter waiting to catch the latest update. LeechBlock is a simple productivity tool: an extension for the Firefox web browser designed to block those time-wasting sites. All you need to do is specify which sites to block and when to block them.
You can specify up to six sets of sites to block, with different times and days for each set. You can block sites within fixed time periods (e.g., between 9am and 5pm), after a time limit (e.g., 10 minutes in every hour), or with a combination of time periods and time limit (e.g., 10 minutes in every hour between 9am and 5pm). With the lockdown feature, you can block sites immediately for a specified duration. You can also set a password or random access code for LeechBlock’s options, just to slow you down in moments of weakness!
The sites to block can be specified using wildcards (e.g., *.somesite.com) and exceptions (e.g., +allowme.somesite.com). LeechBlock also keeps track of the total amount of time you have spent browsing the sites in each block set.
LeechBlock will also prevent you from changing options during the block periods. This helps control the urge to turn off the addon. You can still disable the addon but then it beats the purpose, right?!
Do you already run LeechBlock or do you have any other addon or software that helps improve your productivity?