If you’re obsessed with productivity, then keeping a tab on your browsing habits might be something worth considering. Not only will it let you identify the sites that suck away your precious time, it will also help you focus on curbing your visits to Reddit and Stumbleupon. For Google Chrome users, the TimeStats extension does exactly the same by showing you detailed statistics about your browsing habits in the form of neat pie charts. Here’s more about it.
Once installed, TimeStats keeps track of your browsing habits on a daily basis. It then presents that information in the form of detailed charts which give you a better look at which sites you browse and how often you use them. Clicking on the TimeStats button on the Chrome toolbar will pop up a nice pie chart showing you the amount of time spent on various websites. Each sector represents the URL of the website. Hovering over that sector will also show you the amount of time you’ve spent on that particular site in hours and minutes.
At the bottom right of the chart you’ll find a link that says ‘Additional’. Just click on it and it will open up a new page that shows you more detailed statistics about your browsing habits. The page includes three pie charts : URL statistics, Domain Zone statistics ( .com, .eu, .uk etc.), and statistics for a particular date. Furthermore, to understand how your browsing habits have changed over time, there are also graphs that show the amount of time you spend on the internet plotted against multiple dates. If you want, you can then share these statistics with your friends on Twitter and Google Plus, though I’m pretty sure very few people would want to do that. The charts are made using Google Chart Tools API and they look pretty good.
Summing up, TimeStats is an essential extension for people who spend a lot of time on the internet and can’t seem to figure out where their time goes. Even though in beta, the extension pretty much does what it says on the tin, and when coupled with the previously covered Whitelist extension, it can hugely benefit all the perpetually distracted users out there.
Download : Timestats Beta for Chrome