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Posted: May 10, 2008
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What're everyone's biggest time sinks? You know, the things that drag your attention away from the tasks at hand?

Mine are:

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Posted: May 10, 2008
Score: 1 Reference is my biggest time sink. Now it will be yours too :)

This message was edited May 10, 2008.

Posted: May 11, 2008
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Wow! Thanks Toodledo! That's the anti-GTD! :)

fantasy baseball is a huge culprit, as is RSS.

Posted by Toodledo: is my biggest time sink. Now it will be yours too :)

Posted: May 12, 2008
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RSS feeds.

so convenient, yet so time consuming!

Posted: May 12, 2008
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One of my biggest time sinks is .... productivity management and productivity research.

I'm getting better though! Finding Toodledo helped a lot, because now I'm not switching task managers every other week.

Posted: Jul 30, 2008
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mindless surfing

Posted: Aug 16, 2008
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Flash games

Posted: Aug 18, 2008
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Do you really want to find out? There is a great app called rescuetime ( which runs in the background and aggregates what you do into an amazing display of just how you use your computer. It's startling really.


Posted: Dec 06, 2008
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1st off... damn you Toodledo for that link!

Qrystal, right with you. If I spent as much time doing rather than trying to look up how to do it better, I'd get all my crap done!

Posted: Mar 20, 2009
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Here's a recommendation for stopping time-sucks:

I use the Leechblock add-on for Firefox and create custom HTML pages (you can set them in the Leechblock options) that order me to get my a** back to work and stop messing around on the web. I have all possible time-sucking sites added to various tabs that block based on time of day and number of minutes spent on that category of sites (i.e., I can surf news sites only during certain times of the day, and only for a maximum of 15 minutes a day).

And anytime I encounter a new site that could be a time-suck, I right-click inside the page and add it to the appropriate group of blocked sites.

Leechblock has helped me overcome my surfing addiction. Can't recommend it enough.

Posted: May 14, 2009
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Darn, gov't computers...theo only way I can use some of these is if they have an igadget for my igoogle page.

Posted: Jun 27, 2009
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Facebook and Gmail.

Posted: Jul 02, 2009
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The internet in general. Also I work from home, so the goddam phone (difficult to turn off because of how I've wired things).

I use Mozilla Prism for TD and Google Calendar, which helps cut back the temptation of the internet.

Oh yeah, and also -- as a freelancer (web designer/developer and also a writer) with a home office, I'm my own IT department, so by far, the thing I spend hours and hours doing is researching various tech solutions, and fixing all the crap that is not working right... with sub-par expertise, usually, so lots and lots of time spent googling for answers...

Leechblock has helped me overcome my surfing addiction. Can't recommend it enough.

Thanks for that post. I've installed it but haven't gotten around to setting it up (!) yet.

But your post is encouraging....

This message was edited Jul 02, 2009.

Posted: Oct 25, 2009
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facebook games

Posted: Oct 26, 2009
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Toodledo Forums

HA HA HA>.......

How about this one. Tweaking Toodledo every single day for the last 2 years. :-)

Not really. But funny.

Posted: Oct 31, 2009
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Well, when I am35,000+ feet in the air and have no internet connection to sync, I find my best time sink to be Mercutio - one of the few games that I actually put on my iPod Touch. It keeps my brain engaged, yet is relaxing like Solitaire. Thank god I am able to keep it in check when I actually have some work to do.

My biggest sink on the ground seems to be maintaining my "time-saving" devices like my laptop, netbook and iPod Touch.


Posted: Feb 24, 2010
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Posted by Toodledo: is my biggest time sink. Now it will be yours too :)

Here are some more for those so inclined

Posted: Feb 24, 2010
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Checking out new apps!
Pamela R.

Posted: Jul 16, 2010
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YouTube. I'm hooked on talkingsticktv . I recommend it to all timesinkers.

Posted: Jul 22, 2010
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