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Self-imposing limits on social networking sites

Everyone's always talking these days about doing less with more -- or really, doing several people's jobs at once because so many others have been laid off. That does make workplace productivity more of an issue. Which brings me to a site I came across recently that can help monitor how much time you spend on social networking sites like Facebook or Twitter. It's a Mozilla Firefox plug-in called Leechblock -- and if you worry you waste too much time online -- this might work for you.

Here's how the developer himself described it: "LeechBlock is a simple productivity tool designed to block those time-wasting sites that can suck the life out of your working day. All you need to do is specify which sites to block and when to block them."


It really is that simple. You can specify, in sets, which sites you want to block - you can set a time limit (say, no more than 10 minutes every hour) or block access to the site for a set period of time (9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday). Either way, it will block you out of the site after you reached that period.

I installed it a week ago to test it out. So far, it seems to be working fine. I'm not at my desk that much during the day, but I imagine this is a perfect way to police yourself if you are -- or if you're just curious exactly how much time you're spending on various web sites.

I'm curious to hear from other folks out there if they use this or other tools to minimize time spent online -- and maximize productivity --  during the day.


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