You know the drill….Twitter, email, Tweetdeck, Youtube and round and round. It happens every single day of the week all over the world as our attention spans get shorter and shorter. It’s very hard for all of us to work when we are only ever a notification or a ping away from getting interrupted. Even if you actually vow to switch it all off you’ll more often than not find yourself clicking back in for that one sneaky look that inevitably takes you off on another merry go round of social media goodness. So with that in mind I wanted to find 3 simple tools that let you escape it all and actually physically took control of your computer as if you were in the online version of rehab for a couple of hours.
This is a simple tool that you can download for either PC or Mac and costs $10 that lets you select an amount of time between 10 and 480 minutes where all Internet will be disabled on your computer forcing you to write, code or concentrate on whatever it is you have to do. As they say themselves it could be the best $10 you ever spend.
If you think you can trust yourself a fair amount more than the first option and just want to keep a general eye on what you are up to online then Rescue time is the tool for you. It’s also available for Mac and PC and monitors where you spend your time online and you can voluntarily block distracting websites for a set amount of time. The makers of the product claim that on average it will “rescue” you 9% of your time in increased productivity after only 6 weeks.
This one would drive me mad and is for the people who have to be forced to take a break from social media or work. You create settings for your designated breaks and when it’s break time your computer freezes up with the “timeout” logo and freezes everything you were doing. This is really for the hardcore social gamers or people who spend unhealthy amounts of time online without taking a proper break to rest their eyes and stretch their limbs! Only draw back is that this is Mac only.