This is the typical pattern of events.
I’m looking at Google Analytics, and then all of a sudden a Tweet about running marathons pops up in the corner of my screen. I click on the link and end up on a website reading about a new marathon running technique.
Whilst I’m there I see an advert for a pair of lightweight trainers and click on it to visit the advertiser and check out the shoes.
Having read about them on the site, I then go looking for reviews to find what other runners thing of the shoes.
After reading a few reviews on different websites I then start searching for the best price of those trainers, until I’ve found a few different places to buy them.
For a final check I try eBay and Amazon just to make sure I’m not being ripped off
And then I think: “where did the last half an hour go? What was I doing?” It’s only at that point I see tab for Google Analytics and go back to the original job.
If that pattern of events chimes with you, then here’s a new idea that can save you a bit of time.
The LeechBlock Firefox browser extension blocks time-wasting websites during the hours you specify. Just type in the website URLs you find hard to resist, and enter the maximum length of time you want to spend on them.
LeechBlock imposes self-discipline by closing your browser when you’ve reached your limit!
Take a look and let us know what you think!