This month, our theme is "Productivity Tools" and I just came across a new tool that will help everyone immensely with staying productive. It's called "Take A Five" andis built off of the Mission Impossible theme of "This message will self destruct..."
Picture this....it's Sunday night about 9pm and you are 100 papers into the 250 that you still have to grade. You say to yourself, "I'm going to take a break for 5 minutes and go look at Facebook (or Pinterest or whatever your favorite social media is)." So, you open a new tab, surf the social media for a bit.....and suddenly it's 11:30pm and you're not sure where the last 2.5 hours went! Sound familiar? lol
Now, let's rewind this scenario using the Take A Five tab. You decide to take a break and, instead of going directly to your social media, you go to the website http://www.takeafive.com/index.html (below is a screenshot of what it will look like)
This site will open a screen giving you the option to open a self-destructing (Mission Impossible Theme Song) tab based off of the time you specify.
You choose 1, 5, 10 minutes or a custom time, then hit enter. A new tab opens that looks like this:
You can now do anything you want with that screen (as you can see, they even give you links to what they consider the most popular pages to save you time). As you use this tab, a timer is slowly counting down on the other tab:
When the timer gets to 0, the tab you are using self-destructs and you know it's time to go back to work!
When I first found this, I thought it was a cute trick to show people and I had fun playing with it. Now, though, I've found it's actually a great productivity tool to keep me on track. Everyone needs breaks from the tasks we dread doing, so it's easy to get side-tracked for long periods of time.
Take A Five is one productivity tool that will help you use your time wisely and I highly recommend it!
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