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Launch: Unprocrastinator

Unprocrastinator is a Safari extension that makes you wait 30 seconds before you can see some websites.

Welcome back to my regular program of making weird apps.

Lately, many platforms have turned, uhh, not-so-nice to use, and a lot of people are saying they want to stop using them. Now you can do just that with Unprocrastinator. Unprocrastinator puts a 30-second delay on your chosen websites. It’s like a mini time-out for your brain before you dive into the internet rabbit hole.

This idea comes from an xkcd comic:

After years of trying various methods, I broke this habit by pitting my impatience against my laziness. I decoupled the action and the neurological reward by setting up a simple 30-second delay I had to wait through, in which I couldn’t do anything else, before any new page or chat client would load (and only allowed one to run at once). The urge to check all those sites magically vanished—and my ‘productive’ computer use was unaffected.

The 30-second delay is not customizable on purpose. It’s long enough to be a little annoying, but not so long that you’ll want to turn off the extension right away.

Note: When you first use Unprocrastinator, try not to add too many websites all at once. It could end up being more frustrating than helpful.

Unprocrastinator Pricing

Unprocrastinator costs $0.49 on the App Store. (I’m trying out the new App Store price points.) It does not include any subscriptions, in-app purchases, ads, or tracking. It’s a universal purchase, which means once you buy it, you can use it on all your Apple devices.

Unprocrastinator Privacy Policy

Unprocrastinator does not collect, store, or transmit any personal information.

Unprocrastinator Support

If you have any questions, you can contact me via email or Mastodon.