Benny's Adventures

StayFocusd Review

StayFocusd 2StayFocusd from Transfusion Media is a free browser extension that claims to improve productivity by limiting your allowed time on websites of your choosing. The extension for Google Chrome is excellent at what it does and anyone whose primary distractions come from browsing the web should take a look at it.

I’ve used it for a little over a week now and my time on Reddit and StumbleUpon have decreased drastically. To that extent StayFocusd does its job very well. The settings are a little bit on the stiff side when it comes to time allowed per day but the other StayFocusd options are excellent. The user can choose which days the extension is active (I’ve used this to disable StayFocusd on Friday and Saturday when I generally have time to goof off), set what hours during the day which StayFocusd is active, and more. Should you get desperate there’s also the “Nuclear Option” which can block everything or everything but your allowed sites for a specified number of hours.

StayFocusd 3

One nifty features is the ability to require a challenge to change any settings. The challenge is a typing activity that you must get EXACTLY right to change StayFocusd settings – typos and backspacing is not allowed. This does precisely what the setting description claims it does- it makes it inconvenient to change settings. I’ve never had to use it but I can see how this would come in handy.

Transfusion Media has provided a great extension for Chrome with StayFocusd that can serve as a useful tool in maintaining productivity. The extension is wonderful but ultimately the discipline must come from the user. My experience with StayFocusd has been positive but the important thing to remember is that if you let a lack of discipline manifest in other ways then StayFocusd can’t really be much use. That being said, StayFocusd is a good tool to have.

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1 March 2011 - Posted by | Internet, productivity | , , , , ,

2 Comments »

  1. Good review.

    Did I just read that you waste time on reddit? Tsk-tsk!

    I’m FreshOutOfGeekistan on reddit. I’ve only been there a few months, as a refugee from Digg 4.0. The post of yours that I submitted is still alive, the one about Feed for Reader. Here’s a link to it:
    http://wp.me/pXTr3-4u

    My apologies for not making sure that it had adventuresofbenny as the site. It was one of my first reddit submissions, about 3 months ago. It didn’t receive any down votes!

    Comment by Ellie K | 1 March 2011 | Reply

  2. […] For another tool that can help your productivity, take a look at my review of StayFocusd. […]

    Pingback by Noise Generators for a Better Life « Benny's Adventures | 29 March 2011 | Reply


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