How To: Temporarily Block, Restrict Access to Unwanted Websites and Increase Productivity

Here’s the situation. You have a lot of work to do. Perhaps you have a deadline at work to submit a report. Perhaps you’re catching up with your school term paper deadline. Perhaps you’re working as a home based web developer and your client has set a deadline.

But, the temptations are numerous. You end up watching the latest Linkin Park videos on YouTube, or you keep commenting and uploading on Facebook, or you can’t seem to stop the latest downloads of “Game of Thrones.”

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This doesn’t sound good for productivity. It can get you fired, or you end up with a failing grade, or worse, you lose your client.

It really boils down to personal self-discipline. However, there’s an app that can help you with your self-discipline issues and to help you get the real work done.

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Introducing an extension called Leechblock. It works perfectly well with Firefox. This may sound almost impossible, but, the extension app does work.

All you need to do is download Leechblock, install it, then restart your browser. Now comes your honesty and discipline factor. Select the site or sites that make you unproductive and block them on the browser’s tool menu.

But, it doesn’t stop there. You can set the time periods that these sites should be blocked. That’s right; you’re not depriving yourself completely. It’s just a discipline thing. You can even set the number of minutes or hours you can allow yourself to visit the selected sites per hour or per day.

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Lastly, you can select the days of the week Leechblock should block these sites. You can also set an optional “custom name” for the selected sites such as “The Force Balances Time between Work and Play” or other funny or not so funny file names. Putting up custom file names allows you to categorize what sites you’re blocking.

You can add sites anytime to the block lists on Leechblock. Can you undo the blocked sites? Here’s where the discipline factor comes in. Of course, you can unblock anything, but, Leechblock will make it difficult for you.

So, stop wasting your time and get back to work. But, before you do, download Leechblock first.

For Chrome, you may want to check out Nanny, yet another productivity add-on similar to LeechBlock that allows you to be more productive and less distracted by blocking sites.