Raise your hand if you typically have too many browser tabs open.
Raise your hand if you frequently find yourself rabbit-trailing as you follow all those links!
I know from experience that open browser tabs are one of the biggest causes of distraction and loss of productivity.
Pocket is still awesome
One way I've been able to curb my habit quite a bit is to use the Pocket app that I described in this post. Pocket allows me to quickly save things to read later. Then, when I have a few minutes of dead time (like waiting in line at the grocery store or waiting for my daughter's volleyball practice to end) I can open up Pocket on any of my devices and catch up with my reading. I love it.
But now I have come across another tool that adds another layer of accountability.
Controlled Multi-Tab Browsing
As the name suggests, once installed, you can specify how many browser tabs you're going to allow yourself to have open at once. If you try to open a tab above your limit, it just won't open.
To override the system, you either have to close an already open tab or you have to change the limit number. (Changing the limit number isn't difficult, but let me tell you, it makes you stop and think.)
Wanna give it a whirl?
Here's how to get it:
1. Grab the extension here.
2. Click "Install" to add it to Chrome.
3. Once installed, click the icon in your browser bar. Set your tab limit and save. (You can change this limit at any time by simply clicking the icon.)
4. Now, if you try to open too many tabs, no dice. Instead, you'll get this message:
5. Click OK, feel a little sheepish and get back to work!
Hat tip goes to Danielle!