As a world-class Procrastinator, I can find the most creative ways to avoid getting my business done. I have spent the past few months trying to break this habit, as I’ve mentioned before, and I can honestly say I am getting better.
Still… the lure of Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and a few other daily stops on the internet feed this habit. When I can be at my most productive–the kids are happily eating breakfast or playing together for a change–I find myself clicking over to these sites. Usually this happens when I’m working on something I’m not particularly keen on. My mind wanders. I draw blanks (probably because my mind is wandering). I’m sure I’m not alone on this!
But now, thanks to this great tool I’ve found, I have cut down my internet activity, forcing myself to be more productive. Self-Control is a free app that will allow you to block access to the entire internet and email (or just those sites you can’t seem to stop visiting) for a set amount of time, up to 90 minutes. The best part (for me at least) is that once you start the timer, you can’t stop it. Not even rebooting the computer or deleting the app will stop it. So you do have to be wise about setting the timer.
The one downside is that this is currently only available for Mac OSX. However, the app developer has provided related downloads on the Self-Control page, including Cold Turkey for Windows operating systems. I’ve not used Cold Turkey, so I can’t attest to its merits. But if you have, or if you have another app you use, please share in the comments below.
Now, if only I could download self-control for the snack cabinet…