What do people think of Latitude Productivity and Mindfulness Suite?
I have been looking for an extension / app like this for a while to help me better control my time and social media usage-- I've used other time management apps like "self control" and "blacklist", but Latitude exceeds all expectations, completely changing the way I engage with social media. I no longer scroll mindlessly; now, I am more mindful of my time and engagement with content so that my online experience feels more within my control.
Even though I'd always tell myself "I can stop any time I want" when it comes to social media, the Latitude chrome extension has helped actually make that possible. It has become a force of habit for me to pop open a new tab, go to Facebook, and get stuck going down an infinite scroll of things I mostly didn't even care that much about. I'd look up half an hour later to realize I forgot what I was doing and had just lost all of that time... With Latitude's magic wand, when I instinctively open a Facebook tab and the news feed doesn't load, I immediately realize that I didn't actually want to be there in the first place and go back to what I was doing. It's even helped me start breaking that tab-opening habit altogether and stay focused on my current task.
The timer dings are also really useful to keep me aware of my time. Even if I do want to actively choose to scroll through my news feed every once in a while, the pleasant little ding gives me a chance to stop for a second and make the conscious choice of whether I want to continue or not.
As much as I hate to admit it, I have been pretty addicted to social media. I don't think that means social media is inherently a bad thing though, and Latitude is just helping me conscious decisions to use social media the way I want. Can’t wait to see what else they come up with!
The daily mood tracker reminds me to fill it out at 2pm each day, usually well into the day of work with multiple tasks on my plate. This encourages me to step back and reflect on how things are going, and be grateful for what I value and have in my life that is usually not really strongly connected with the small day to day problems