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Thursday, April 2, 2009

Time Management/Self Control Help via software

How often do you check your email throughout the day? Does it ever get in the way of work you are supposed to be doing? How about time on Facebook?

Sometimes when we need to focus on a project, it's hard to allow ourselves to not be interrupted by ourselves... email, Facebook, Twitter, ESPN.com, etc...

From Wired: "Eyebeam Lab's Steve Lambert, creator of Add-Art and co-creator of the New York Times spoof, released an application over the weekend that solves the problem: SelfControl, a simple open source program for Mac OS X that prevents you from resorting to well-worn procrastination techniques by blocking access to websites and e-mail servers.

"I made it because I found I checked my e-mail almost subconsciously, even when I wanted to focus," said Lambert via e-mail. "It was just too easy."

SelfControl runs a blacklist to which you can add specific sites, incoming mail servers or outgoing mail servers. This lets you customize the program to block only your personal time sinks while maintaining access to whatever you need for work or school.

"For example, you could block access to your e-mail, Facebook and Twitter for 90 minutes," reads the description, "but still have access to the rest of the web."

If any of you out there use this, please let me know if it works for you. I won't be able to download it any time soon, I have too many emails to catch up on.

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