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'StayFocusd,' the Deal-a-Meal for Time Management on the Internet

Remember Richard Simmons' "Deal-a-Meal" diet gimmick? Basically, each day you dealt yourself a menu of food cards laying out what you could eat for the day, and then moved a card from one side of a "wallet" to the other side after eating that food. When your cards were gone, "you're done eating for the day!"

Lawyerist reports that the genius(?) of Deal-a-Meal for weight-management has now been brought to the area of time management on the Internet. Spending too much time reading Legal Blog Watch the Tattoo Law blog? Well, then, sign yourself up for "StayFocusd," a free plug-in for Google Chrome. As described by Lawyerist,

You tell the plugin how much time you want to spend on certain sites for the day, and once you have surpassed your allotment, you can no longer access those sites for the rest of the day. StayFocusd is apparently detail oriented, so that you can block Google Reader, but still have access to other Google sites the rest of the day.

The plugin displays a timer inside of your browser, and even gives you a heads up when your time is running out, so that you can quickly update your Facebook status before being locked out for the day.

Problem solved! Lawyerist notes that there are ways around this fix, such as re-setting the timer or just turning the plugin off, but that's like saying you could have secretly dealt yourself another slice of pizza on Deal-a-Meal after all of your cards were gone.

Posted by Bruce Carton on June 4, 2010 at 11:07 AM | Permalink | Comments (2)


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