A Tech Solution for a Tech Problem

I still continue to struggle with excessive browsing on the web, whether it’s on my laptop or phone.

Part of the reason, I think, is that while I don’t like the idea of wasting time, I don’t really know how much is lost. If I knew I spent 20 hours random web browsing this past week, I’d be pretty motivated to change. Basically, I’d be interested in what urls I visited and for how long.

I’m assuming tracking software like this exists already. Ideally, the tool will gather the data from all my devices, and aggregate the information into a single number: unproductive time web browsing. And if I wanted to gather metrics for different time periods, or a breakdown of the specific sites, I could do that.

Even if such a product were available already, seems like it’d be a pretty cool programming project. Would be even cooler if I could do it myself.