Stop mindless checking by taking a breath before you check! Facilitates alternative, productive ways to take a break.
Ever get annoyed with mindless checking of websites? This extension will invite you to take a deep breath before letting you check a website. It doesn’t block you from doing anything but instead just makes you more mindful of what you are doing.
After you take a deep breath, the extension will present you with a button that will bring you to your original destination. If you notice, after a breath or two, however, that you were mindlessly checking that website, then you can instead close the webpage. Alternatively, you can also click on new links that will appear that will take you to either a video of a beautiful nature scene or to do a short, guided meditation at www.calm.com. These alternative paths forwards will make you feel happier and more focused than you would if you had instead checked the news, social media, or a shopping site.
We believe this extension addresses a key problem with extensions that completely block certain websites, which is that over time they become so annoying or obtrusive that we turn them off. We hope that taking one breath is good enough of a reminder to make you aware of what you are doing yet easy enough that you want to keep using it.
If you keep this extension on and breathe along with the bubble when it pops up, we believe it will decrease mindless checking, make you more productive, and even make you feel happier and calmer through the day.