Chrome Extension for the 20 Second Rule
You may already know what the 20 second rule is, but if you don’t, a quick explanation.
It’s the idea that small obstacles in the way of our habits can have a profound influence on how often we engage in them. Small changes, such as removing the battery from your TV remote, so that every time you watch TV, you have to re-insert them, can dramatically alter how much time you waste in front of a TV. It works the other way around to – make your productive habits easier and you’re that much more likely to do them.
Which brings us to the topic of websites – instantly accessible, with nearly infinite convenience and unlimited content, they are the ultimate time-waster. As a bad habit, they are very difficult to get rid of.
What if we made them less convenient? Like removing a battery from a TV remote, that would make them less tempting. That’s when I had an idea for an extension – I’m not alone here, of course. Similar extensions exist, but I found that they lacked functionality I wanted or the customization options were not to my liking.
So I had to create one myself – and here we are.
So how does this work? This extension introduces a delay to websites when you try to visit them. It’s that simple – but there are a number of options you can use to customize your experience. You can view the video below or download the extension yourself to learn more about them!