Let’s be honest with ourselves here. Are you addicted to Facebook? Twitter? A certain photography forum? Does this addiction get in the way of your work? Do you find youself jumping between minutes of work, and then hours playing on iwastesomuchtime.com ?
If you’re a Google Chrome user, welcome to the world of Stay Focused! It’s an awesome little Chrome plugin that allows you to literally SHUT OFF certain websites! Here’s some the things that you can do with it:
- Completely disallow yourself to go to a website for a certain period of time (i.e. if you MUST get things done and simply can’t focus, you can “Nuke ‘Em”)
- Create allowed time periods that you can visit your blocked websites. For example, I scheduled myself to only allow 60 minutes on Facebook between 5pm and midnight every night. This will ensure that I focus on being present when my husband is home and not just sitting on the couch playing on Facebook.
- Set work day hours for websites
Want to see an example? I decided to nuke Facebook for an hour in Stay Focused:
And here’s what I got when I went to Facebook!: