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Strict Workflow

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Description from store 1. Click to start a 25-minute work timer, and work without distraction. 2. Click to start a 5-minute break timer, and kick back and relax. 3. Repeat until all your work is done. ======================= What's new? (3 April 2012: version 1.5.0) * Whitelist! Now, instead of saying "block these sites", you can alternatively say "only allow these sites". * New option so that clicking on a running timer will cause it to restart. (Not cancel!) Off by default. ======================= Features: * Easy to use: just one click starts a work/break timer * Easy to get started: pre-configured to block popular distracting websites * Easy to personalize: block the sites that are most distracting to you or change the timer durations * Blacklist or whitelist: either choose what sites to block during a work timer, or what sites to allow ======================= Permissions: * Your data on all websites * Your tabs and browsing activity In order to cover up blocked websites, we need permission to interact with them. We're open-source, so feel free to grab a programmer buddy and make sure that that's all we do: no website's content is read or stored in any way. https://github.com/matchu/Strict-Pomodoro ======================= The Pomodoro Technique for time management is simple: work hard for 25 minutes without distractions, knowing that a 5 minute break is soon on its way. This extension helps you stay focused while you work by blocking the sites that can so easily distract us. We pre-loaded the extension with a handful of popular distracting websites, but you can easily add new sites to the list, or, if you're daring, you can even create a whitelist of the *only* websites allowed during a work session. You can also change the lengths of the work and break timers - though I'd recommend against it: these times are default for a reason, so only change them if you're certain that they will make you more productive. When we say "strict", we mean it. Once a work timer starts, there's no stopping it without straight-up disabling the extension or restarting the browser. This is for your benefit: I wrote this extension with myself in mind, and I know how tempting it can be to just give up when work gets too frustrating. Therefore, Strict Pomodoro actively discourages this behavior, though you can always disable the extension in case of emergency. Tomato icon is from Artbees's lovely Paradise Fruit Icons set, and the ringing sound is from FreeSound.org. Both of these assets are distributed under a Creative Commons license. For more info on the Pomodoro Technique, see http://PomodoroTechnique.com/ The source code for this extension is available at https://github.com/matchu/Strict-Pomodoro Please feel free to fork and do what you like! Pull requests make my day. Stay focused, and have fun!

Latest reviews

  • (2023-03-16) Andrew Friend: How do I turn on the app?
  • (2023-02-08) J. S. (darkocean): It works fine! And I'll get a notification when the time's up. Great! It does what I want; blocks sites and makes it annoying to get around shutting it off. Good, that'll make me go back to work as it's not worth the hassle trying to find a way to turn it off. The people complaining are looking for reasons to rag on this extension this makes me wonder why they're trying so hard to turn it off instead of actually working. That seems like another distraction to overcome. Developers probably have to abide by some rules were it has to be possible to uninstall an extension so, quit your complaining and get back to work slackers! I would like if it was on the right click mouse menu and the only options were: Add site to block list/remove site from block list And we can only remove one site per day though the right click menu so as to not abuse it. (Sometimes a person can miss click so it's important to have that the option to undo a mistake.)
  • (2022-11-28) Joyce Tu: There is no "turn off" option, I'll give it that. However, there are multiple ways to disable it quickly, the easiest of which is to simply open the console (Ctrl + Shift + i) and delete the blocking HTML. I can't say this will help me very much, seeing as I found a way around it in less than sixty seconds, but at least it works as advertised, albeit disappointing.
  • (2022-09-26) Nee Bee: does a good job, but they blocked youtube which is something i play in the background to keep me focused. idk why but it doesnt let me edit my list of sites to block anymore and im not sure how to fix that
  • (2022-06-22) Staly Chin: Super streamlined, no fuss, no bloat. Pomodoro extension with blocking! I do wish there was an option to automatically start the next 25min session after the break, but I understand why they would omit that.
  • (2022-03-13) Pedro: Perfect!!! It's simple to use and it works fine. :) I'd love if the developer creates an android version synchronized with the browser extension.
  • (2022-01-10) Fares Hassan: its very useful and great extension but i think it will be awsome if it can block sites after my break time dirctly
  • (2022-01-08) wassimghel: Great job !
  • (2021-06-14) Erick: There is no way to add websites that you are currently visiting.. so you need to add them manually, and cant create a streak of pomos to keep on going
  • (2021-05-09) Aashish Singh: Love this extension but it is taking access to read all the website or certain websites and has no information on the privacy policies, if they are using this to get every website you are visiting?
  • (2021-05-02) Tripti: I love it! It's so useful and I get my work done fast. It lets me play songs using youtube and is super easy to use. I'd like the option to add sites to blocklist even when the timer is still running.
  • (2021-03-25) Alla Litvinenko: Внезапно после последнего обновления перестало работать совсем. Не позволяет изменять параметры (в том числе добавлять новые сайты в список или изменять старые), не блокирует сайты.
  • (2021-02-16) fiesinator: Does what it says it does and really improves my workflow. Instead of wasting 5 minutes here and 10 minutes there without getting anything done I can work straight through it. I only wish they would notify you when the pause is over
  • (2021-01-12) Igor Peftiev: It saved me hundreds of hours... it allows to block your acced to the sites you open atomaticly - news, social network...
  • (2021-01-04) Nilay Patel: Dont think this works any more. Under no conditions can I edit the block list. Seems cool tho
  • (2020-11-19) Charan Chandran: If you block chrome web store and the chrome://extensions , then there is no way to stop the timer until it finishes. Also you can keep on blocking in incognito if you go to chrome://extensions then click on the extension and toggle allow in incognito mode on. Then you can literally not stop it.
  • (2020-11-13) MandraSaptak Mandal: Super simple and Super Strict
  • (2020-11-05) Eric Procopio: This helps me so much with work. I have terrible self control and ADHA, and I can never getting work done and end up just watching something on youtube or going into some other crazy internet rabbit hole. Ive tried other things like this but I can never commit myself so I love how it cant be turned off.
  • (2020-10-17) Chesca Roda: reduced my procrastination, thanks!
  • (2020-09-17) Ioan Vulpe: o.k.
  • (2020-08-06) A. W.: Badass
  • (2020-07-20) ok but i just dont want to show the time remained, suggest to have that option.
  • (2020-07-14) Juan Martín: Falta un history log de los pomodoros hechos. Y agregar otros sonidos a los tiempos de concentración y descanso
  • (2020-07-13) Russell Perkins (TheDigitalNinja): Simple and effective. I get blocked many times a day still and it feels good to actually get work done instead of falling into the facebook or reddit rabbit hole.
  • (2020-06-27) Solo W: THANKS!!!!! right now I'm doing a full course load online with no library space to go to for focus when studying so this basically saved my life. I haven't been able to get a good study session down since my habits and willpower arent there yet to resist distractions myself so thanks a million
  • (2020-03-24) Enon Z: Nice extension, but, there are some serious flaws: 1. After 25 pomidor period, the sites are still blocked if I do not start a break. This forces me to disable it in chrome all the time. 2. There should be an option to pause the timer, not just to reset it on click. For example, I started a counter and I have an important call, that can't be ignored. I was to pause my timer.
  • (2020-03-17) Ethan Cha: It worked but so annoying when I accidentally click it when I'm doing something else. Also, nothing to stop me from going into guest mode.
  • (2020-03-06) Thao Kim Truong: an excellent extension
  • (2020-01-30) Pankaj Kumar: The blocking or unblocking doesn't work if we transition from work to break or vice versa, unless we click on the extension icon. Please fix this, the already open site should be blocked the moment work timer starts, or i should be able to open sites the moment break starts, without having to click on the icon for it to activate.
  • (2020-01-20) Juliusz B: A great tool. There are a bit of tweaks that would be useful, though. Most importantly – presets. I’d love to be able to save a set of whitelisted websites for when I work on one thing, and another for some other times.
  • (2020-01-17) Alexandra. M: Its a great app, the problem is when my daughter is left alone she can just remove it. Please install a system where we can put a secret password, and then make it repeat until the day start so we can't turn it off, whenever we want thanks
  • (2019-12-24) fatima ezzahra K: Je pense qu'il ne marche pas ou je n'ai pas su l'utiliser, le programme ne bloque aucun des sites que je lui ai donné
  • (2019-10-01) Wendy Phelps-Byam: Great extension but would love to be able to change block/break timer options.
  • (2019-07-24) Sara Garska: I wish it would let me set up which websites when I add it. It wouldn't let me change any of them until 25 minutes had elapsed, but I listen to classical music on youtube while I work and, instead of being able to get right back to work, I had to find another productivity app that wouldn't make me work in silence.
  • (2019-06-11) Erica Magallon: Please add the ability to add sites to the block list when the timer is going. Also, a long break and maybe the ability to keep track of the number of pomodoros you done.
  • (2019-06-11) Edmo Freitas: The best pomodoro extension I've tried so far. The only thing is missing is an option to make the work/pause phase change automatically and block the websites.
  • (2019-06-07) PyrotheEvilPlatypus: Completely useless. All you have to do is exit Chrome and then open Chrome again for blocking to be completely undone. Others like Self Control CANNOT be bypassed like this, but they don't have whitelisting which is what I need.
  • (2019-05-29) Jordan: Honestly helps me get a lot done, but please add the option to lower the timer volume, or change the tone. You don't know how irritating it is for me (and my girlfriend) to hear the harsh ringing go off twice every 30 minutes. Otherwise it would be a 5/5.
  • (2019-05-29) Clemente Moroni: Es super útl pero debería tener alguna manera de pausarlo
  • (2019-05-16) Nicholas Perry: It's really not great that you can't stop it. I understand the "strictness" philosophy, but it's taken me 5 times downloading and removing repeatedly to simply make sure all of the settings are what I want.
  • (2019-05-16) Duy Nguyễn K.: Pomodo này chỉ hợp với MBTI Jugder . Mà nhiều Perceivers lại dùng cái này , cho nên ko hợp
  • (2019-05-15) Luis Villatoro: Excelente extensión, me a ayudado a mejorar la productividad. Es muy estricto, si lo activas y necesitas entrar a una pagina que bloqueaste no puedes verla hasta que pasen los 25 minutos. Debería de haber un botón para pausarlo en casos de emergencia. Por lo demás excelente!
  • (2019-05-09) Nathan Hinchey: Starts in active mode, which means you cannot adjust it when you first install it.
  • (2019-05-05) George Morgan: Best Pomodoro Timer 1) Timer is modifiable, not only 25min, but anything you want 2) Showing remaining minutes in red (during work) or green(during breaks) 3) Sounds, when timer ended 4) Not allowed list of sites, configurable
  • (2019-04-03) Fisher M: Rather efficient.
  • (2019-03-10) Love this - use it daily
  • (2019-03-03) 000 Martin: 一直在用,加油作者
  • (2019-02-28) Shubham Shree: A great helping hand !
  • (2019-02-21) I really find this extension useful! I think it would be better if there were settings for cycles (like 4 cycles of work-then-break) so that there's no need to keep clicking?

Latest issues

  • (2022-09-04, v:1.6.2) Sarah: hello is there a way to change the timer to an hour on this extension?
    I want to extend the duration from 25 minutes to an hour
  • (2022-06-05, v:1.6.2) Nick Hayes: auto-restart
    It would be nice to have an an option to restart the timer automatically once the break is over, otherwise breaks can go on forever
  • (2021-09-30, v:1.6.2) Husam Alzain: Adding a feature
    Hey, thank you for the great extension. I have a suggestion for you. Could you let us have 2 different profiles, one for "Block the sites on this list" and one for "Only allow the sites on this list". Thank you
  • (2021-09-24, v:1.6.2) Rafael Gonzalez: Data Privacy policy
    How you use the data?
  • (2021-09-06, v:1.6.2) Jared Rogers: Feature Request (I'll pay)
    Hello! I wanted to reach out and ask if you could add an option to select a YouTube video sound effect (or upload our own) as the bell ringing can be so jarring (especially at 3am). With that in mind a customizable sound prompt would be really useful. I will fund this development if necessary please reach out.
  • (2021-08-05, v:1.6.2) LE DUOC: Problem of Blocking After Re-starting computer/laptop
    Dear Strict Workflow Developer, Good day! I have a problem to block websites once using Strict Work, hope you have a helpful solution. For example, I block a website with 60 minutes, but the time is not over yet, I want to unblock it due to my addiction of website or my undiscipline and I can unblock it easily by re-starting my computer, then it is unblocked and I can use the blocking website normally even-though the blocking time is not over yet. Please help me to solve this problem. Appreciate for your kind support! Best regards, Duoc Le
  • (2021-06-07, v:1.6.2) Mieke Hoogeveen: rwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww
    rembradt schilderkunst
  • (2021-05-05, v:1.6.2) Việt Anh Nguyễn-Vũ (eddie): How can I use whitelist?
    There seems to be no option for whitelist! :((
  • (2020-09-22, v:1.6.2) Wafa Chenni: Change the list of sites to block
    Hello, I can't seem to be able to change the list of websites to block. Youtube help me in my work so I can't block it and can't use the extension untill i change the list. how can I do that? Thanks
  • (2020-09-12, v:1.6.2) Ahmed AbdElrheem Osman: Where its icon launcher ?
    Where its icon launcher ?
  • (2020-08-20, v:1.6.2) Sarah Cunniff: "blocked" site isn't blocked
    I added a site that I find very tempting to the list of sites blocked during work sessions, but I am still able to access it (during work sessions). In other words, the block didn't work.
  • (2020-08-07, v:1.6.2) Dawn McNeely: Extension won't block sites not on the "Allow" list
    Hello, I have my list of sites for the extension to allow, and I've saved the changes. I click on the extension, and it shows a little red "25m" on the icon, but when I tried to test it, it let me on to a site that was neither on the list of sites to allow, nor a derivative of one of the allowed sites. Please help!
  • (2020-07-09, v:1.6.2) Rick van Hattem: The extension can't be configured after install
    It immediately enters workmode after install so you can't configure it. Kind of annoying :P
  • (2020-05-31, v:1.6.2) Y L: Cancel the rest session
    It would be good if we could have an option to cancel the rest session and directly start and protomoto session, thanks!
  • (2020-04-06, v:1.6.2) Oussama Djouhri: modification
    How can I remove the YouTube site from the list
  • (2020-02-26, v:1.6.2) Moritz Muench: Offer
    Hey there, would you consider selling your whole "Strict Workflow"? Greetings Moritz Muench
  • (2019-11-01, v:1.6.2) I Wa: please add longterm rest for every 4 pomodoro
    that is standard for pomodoro technique
  • (2019-09-20, v:1.6.2) Achim Ditscher: Add websites while on work session
    Hey there. I think it's great that you can't remove a restriction during a work session. But I think it would be great if you could add new websites to the restriction list during work sessions. Maybe it might be easier to implement when it only updates on the start of the next session.
  • (2019-08-22, v:1.6.2) Efry Eltahan: Managing websites list
    I tried adding a website unsuccessfully, where is the list of website managed? (it's a dynamic php website, maybe if I could give the root (the domain) I could block it.) Thanks
  • (2019-08-18, v:1.6.2) Luke Adams: Extension options
    Is it possible to add additional websites that are blocked? If so, how. I can't get them to edit from the options page.
  • (2019-08-11, v:1.6.2) Dylan Ander: Potentially acquire Strict Workflow?
    Hello there, Are you guys interested in selling your business? I would love to talk if you are interested. [email protected] ~Dylan
  • (2019-06-17, v:1.6.2) Francesco Cracolici: Stats?
    Hey! The tool is absolutely amazing. Thanks for doing what you do :) Is there any chance you can add stats? a simple one such us " time worked" it's absolutely great. Thanks !
  • (2019-04-30, v:1.6.2) veryuniquename veryuniquesurname: Satisfied user
    PLEASE ADD WHITELIST OPTION IT'S MORE USEFUL TO ALLOW SOME SITES LIKE COURSERA, GITHUB, AND THEIR CONTENT DELIVERY CENTERS WITH REGARDS, ADVANCED PROCRASTINATOR sorry for writing like that, but it really suprises me that most creators of such addons forgets that issue
  • (2019-04-26, v:1.6.2) Stef_Supertramp: Restart Timer Automatically
    Hello, Would like to give a simple suggestion...Provide an option to restart the timer automatically once the break is over, otherwise until I press the tomato again I can do a break as long as I want it
  • (2019-04-12, v:1.6.2) Elena Itskovich: Add multiple work/break modes
    Hello! I've been using the app and find it very useful, thank you! I would like to suggest having an option to plan several sessions in advance that you can activate with one click. For example plan 3 sessions of (25 min work/ 5 min break) that reoccur immediately, without the option to quit in the middle. It would help to plan the day in advance and will remove to obstacle of keeping to decide to launch again. It will also be nice to have an option to have a reminder at specific dates/times to activate the sessions. Thank you! Elena
  • (2019-04-11, v:1.6.2) Anca Anca: SETTINGS
  • (2019-03-22, v:1.6.2) Erica Mark: Privacy Policy
    Do you have a privacy policy?


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