Saturday, June 16, 2007

Productivity apps

Part of the peri-writing process described below really doesn't have much to do with writing at all (like ordering books that I might need someday from abebooks.com). Since hope springs eternal, though, here are three downloads for Firefox that I'm trying out in hopes that they'll help productivity.

  • Do you hate those flashing little movies that come up on every site nowadays? I used to move the screen up and down, skipping paragraphs, even, so that I could stand to read the text at the NY Times and other sites. This extension (Flashblock) blocks them and puts a little F in the space instead. You can click on it if you want to see the picture.
    I completely love this extension. https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/433.

  • Pageaddict: https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/3685 . I just saw this one via Lifehacker and am trying it out. It'll tell you how long you spend on various web sites, which could induce enough guilt to get you back to work.

  • Timetracker: https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/1887. This is another one I saw on Lifehacker and just installed. It keeps track of the time you spend web surfing. You can set it up to ignore legitimate, work-related sites. Again, I'm hoping the guilt factor will spur on some productivity here.
  • 4 comments:

    jb said...

    Cool! Thanks for the first one--that'll make life more pleasant, even if it doesn't actually help me get work done.

    undine said...

    You're welcome. I found that first one deep in a comment thread somewhere and now can't imagine looking at web pages without it.

    Chaser said...

    I use TimeTracker and it *totally* works via the guilt thing. I was appalled when I saw how much time I spent on the web.

    undine said...

    It's starting to work on me, Chaser. I am now thinking twice before surfing, which is, I guess, the point.