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#¿Todos las Distracciones?
posted by Ogre Lawless at 1:35 PM on October 1, 2014 [2 favorites]

What frosty beverage did you choose?!??
posted by Mchelly at 1:47 PM on October 1, 2014 [2 favorites]

It took me far longer than it should to process what a "todo" was.
posted by Sangermaine at 1:47 PM on October 1, 2014 [4 favorites]

What frosty beverage did you choose?!??

Pop it open, pop it open...
posted by rouftop at 1:52 PM on October 1, 2014

I'm all for this - where's my money?
posted by PixelPiper at 2:30 PM on October 1, 2014 [3 favorites]

It took me far longer than it should to process what a "todo" was.

An eighdies rock band?
posted by Going To Maine at 4:14 PM on October 1, 2014

Before you get lost in this site, why not knock a few items off your todo list?
Because I'd much rather get lost in this site?
posted by Flunkie at 4:23 PM on October 1, 2014 [1 favorite]

This will revolutionize my work day. I have a lot of micro downtimes, staring at progress bars and such. All opportunities to descend into distraction spirals. The little nudge when I go into zombie clicking mode is often all I need to snap out of it. It's extra great that it comes with an alternate suggestion to deal with the boredom.
posted by Freyja at 5:26 PM on October 1, 2014 [1 favorite]

Extra EXTRA great that it comes with a whole new code to learn.
posted by Freyja at 5:28 PM on October 1, 2014

Freyja, I agree, the format is kind of annoying, but consider it optional. I hope to come up with a way to get the benefits of it without having to really "get it", but since I came from the other direction (my to-dos were already in this format) it was easiest to just leave it a plain old text input for the first release.

Really all there is to know is:
Line starts with a capital letter in parens = priority (A), (B),..., (Z)
Word starting with @ means "context" (where you can do the task: @work, @phone)
Word starting with + means "project" (+fitness, +book, +dinner)
A line that starts with "x " means the task is complete - don't do that in my program as it will just ignore it.
posted by rouftop at 7:21 PM on October 1, 2014 [1 favorite]

Oh, this looks amazing. I would pay for this to be available in Firefox. Looking at this yesterday I was convinced enough that I am seriously considering switching browsers.
posted by col_pogo at 10:47 AM on October 2, 2014 [2 favorites]

I like the extension very much, but I wish the implementation were a little bit more like StayFocusd, so that the running of the clock was related to how much total time you had spent on the "distracting" sites, and not just as a timer that ran regardless of where you had navigated.
posted by Omon Ra at 2:48 PM on October 2, 2014 [1 favorite]

Watching the video, and being a frequent todo list user (paper based), I feel forced click through each item rather boorish, or, gap! inefficient. "Want to visit this site? Do this first. No? How about this? NO@? At least do this! Are you kidding me? You better do this tiny thing. ..." Right? This becomes a dialog with your new browser-conscious.

The thing is, if you already use a todo list. if you can write an effective todo list, you have a conscious nagg'n you right now. So maybe you're the type who wants to let their conscious take a break. Or maybe you're the type who doesn't need more nagg'n--especially from your computer.

Maybe a preference? Show my todo list or nag me with my todo list one item at a time. My2c
posted by xtian at 6:35 AM on October 4, 2014 [1 favorite]

xtian, I've been planning for a while to have a way to switch between viewing tasks one-at-a-time (aka "firehose") vs the whole list. Sometimes firehose is annoying and I want to just see everything that's on there, maybe knock a few things off at once. But I also find larger lists can be kind of daunting, and seeing my tasks laid out with equal weight makes them all feel... doable? At least, that's my experience. :-) Anyway, I haven't settled on what the UI will be like when viewing all tasks, so it may be a bit, but it's high up there on my priority list.
posted by rouftop at 4:45 PM on October 6, 2014 [1 favorite]

Kewl. I didn't get that it was yours, Rouftop.
I like the project. If that didn't come through.
posted by xtian at 5:39 PM on October 8, 2014

I've been using this for a few days now, and it's brilliant :) I like that when I cheat and pause it it's still looking out for me: it runs a timer so I can see exactly how much time I have wasted.
posted by antinomia at 8:40 AM on October 10, 2014

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