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StopDistractions – A Tool That Works!

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Stop Distractions

Ever feel like you are getting lost on certain websites and before you know it, hours have passed and you haven’t done anything productive?

Me, too.

I searched for a solution today and I found it in a little piece of software named StopDistractions. It cost $9.99, but it is so worth it. I got more accomplished today that I could have imagined.

StopDistractions comes with a predefined list of websites that people have trouble with – like Facebook or Twitter. If you buy the paid version, you can add websites or remove any on the list – including your email client website such as Gmail.

When you are ready to get working, you just start the software and StopDistractions block you from the website for any length of time you wish.At the end of the time period, it tells you that you deserve a break. If you don’t want one, you can just start it again by typing in the length of time you wish it to keep you away from those websites.

The neat thing about this tool is that it isn’t browser specific. You can’t get at the website until the time period is over.

StopDistractions has completely solved my problem.

Have you discovered any tricks that help stop you from wasting too much time on the Internet? I’d love to hear about them.

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About Rozanne Paxman

Author, blogger, graphic designer, cartoonist, doodler, thinker, do-er, entrepreneur, mom, grandma, and lover of life.

Comments

  1. Ro, I haven’t gone to that extreme, but I have implemented Lean concepts in my work. Most people associate Lean with manufacturing, but there is a huge movement in software development where they’re adopting Lean methods to do knowledge work. Concepts like limiting work in process helps keep you focused on the task at hand, rather than scattered and trying to “multi-task” which is really fast-task-switching that takes longer. Using an on-line Kanban board, from leankitkanban.com, I can visualize all things I *want* to do, *plan* to do in a given period, and are actually *working on* before calling them “done.” I’ve also looked at the Pomodoro Technique (http://www.pomodorotechnique.com/) which is a little more low tech, but timer based to complete a task or focus on that one thing for a limited amount of time before you take a break. HTH.

  2. Oh my goodness, do I EVER know what you mean. There have been so many days that I’ve set out to accomplish certain tasks and before you know it, the day is over and I didn’t accomplish one single thing productive!
    I’m definitely going to have to check out the suggestions here!
    Thanks so much for the info!

  3. Thanks for the great review of StopDistractions Rozanne!
    http://StopDistractions.com

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