Mind the Time received an honorable mention in the Amp Your Firefox Contest of 2013.The Ticker
The ticker shows (1) time spent at the current site and (2) total time spent on the web today.
Time is shown as hours and minutes (H:MM / H:MM).
The ticker appears in the add-on bar by default, but you can move it. (Right-click on the add-on bar, select "Customize...", and then drag the ticker to another toolbar.)
The ticker text is black when time is being logged, and turns light gray when time is not being logged.
Click the ticker to open the summary page or change the timing mode:
1. Default mode (no dot): timing is automatically paused after about a minute of inactivity. Timing automatically starts again when activity resumes (when the mouse pointer moves inside the browser window, a key is pressed, or the page is scrolled).
2. Green dot mode: the timer keeps timing despite periods of inactivity. This makes it easy to keep the timer on while watching videos.
3. Gray dot mode: the timer is off and no time or websites are logged.
No time or websites are logged for private browsing windows. The Summary Page
The summary page reports how much time you have spent, and where you have spent it, for today and the past 70 days. This includes weekly summaries of the past 10 weeks and monthly summaries of the past 6 months.
A new day begins at 4am (night owl feature).
Set preferences in the usual place: add-ons manager >> Mind the Time >> preferences.
All data is stored locally on your computer. The "Delete All Data" button under preferences deletes all data. When data is more than a week old it is automatically deleted.
There is an option to only log total time for each day and not the websites and how much time is spent on each of them.
If you leave the summary page open in a tab (or app tab), when you return to it the data is automatically updated. You can also choose to manually update the data under preferences (a "Refresh" button is shown at the top of the summary page). Keeping the summary page open and updating it manually lets you easily see a "before" and "after" picture for a given browsing session.Reminder Messages
Receive periodic reminder messages (after every X minutes) to help keep you aware of how much time you have spent on the web. Turn these on and set the frequency under preferences. White List
Under preferences you can enter a list of sites to prevent them from being logged, and any time spent on them from being counted. This lets you exclude work-related sites, for example. The ticker text will be "grayed-out" when visiting these sites.Contributions
If you use and like this add-on, a small contribution or a favorable review would be greatly appreciated. (Transparency: from 1/04/2012 to 3/25/2014, the total contributed was $244 from 38 contributors out of about 5,600 total users (as of 3/25/2014), an average of about 5 cents per user.)Credits
This add-on was largely inspired by, and began with some code from the excellent LeechBlock
add-on by James Anderson. Paul Morris reworked parts of the LeechBlock code for use in Mind the Time (primarily the parts related to tracking time spent at a given domain). Many thanks to James Anderson for licensing his code to be re-used like this.