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MinutesPlease Boosts Your Browsing Self-Control

We’ve all been there: You decide you’re going to take a quick work break to visit your favourite site, and before you know it, you’re 10-minute break has grown to 30. MinutesPlease can help.

The simple site is actually fairly innovative: Enter the URL of the site you want to visit, set how long you want your break to be, and MinutesPlease will open a new window with the site you wanted to visit. When your timer runs out, MinutesPlease automatically closes the window it opened. You can browse as you normally would when you visit the site, so clicking to another page or a new site won’t affect the application’s ability to close that window when your time runs out.

Apart from visiting the site directly, the app offers two other ways to set up a MinutesPlease browsing session. First, you can just build your time-limit into the URL, like so:

  • 5.minutesplease.com/example.com
  • minutesplease.com/1hr15m/example.com
  • minutesplease.com/1day/ (opens a blank window)
  • minutesplease.com/example.com (defaults to 10 min)

Alternately, install the MinutesPlease bookmarklet for a quick one-click solution for starting a 10-minute browsing break. Note: Make sure you allow pop-ups from MinutesPlease, otherwise the app’s 1-minute warning won’t work. If you need a little extra help monitoring your leisure browsing, MinutesPlease is a great option.

MinutesPlease [via MakeUseOf]