There are old threads about this – eg, Beeminding Browser Tabs? – but they’re so old that I’m going to start over and describe what I currently do. (Also someone asked me and I told them and then I felt silly not having it here in the forum.)
I feel weird about how annoyingly fine-printy and/or loosey-goosey it is but, well, here it is:
- Install this dirt simple Chrome extension that does nothing but show how many total tabs you have open: Chrome Tab Counter - Chrome Web Store
It puts the number in red next to the address bar like this:
I have a manual, do-more “tabdeath” goal – bmndr.co/d/tabdeath – for which I can enter a +1 by making my total number of tabs (as shown by the browser extension) be one less than previously. In the Beeminder datapoint comment I record the current number of tabs so I always know what the previous tab count was.
But also I can get a +1 even without making the total go down if (a) I get rid of some specific ugh-y tab that I name in the datapoint comment, or (b) I get down to my ideal minimal number of tabs.
So it doesn’t have a ton of teeth relative to most Beeminder goals but it gets me to flip through pointlessly open tabs once a day closing things. So that’s a pretty big win, not letting things just build indefinitely.
Typical data looks like this: