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4 Ways to break productivity-torpedoing digital habits

posted by Sarah on January 17, 2012 | print article | e-mail to a friend
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  • Jen

    Thank you SO much. I really needed this! I thought about how great it would be to have a program to help me stay on task, and I didn’t know such a thing already existed. I have a hard time breaking away from the internet and getting stuff done around the house. I get so bored and lonely during the day, but wasting time online only makes me feel worse about myself. It’s nice to see all the famous people on the “Freedom” webpage who rely on the program 🙂

  • SarahButtonedUp

    Jen – I know exactly what you’re talking about – it is SUCH a doom loop. I cannot tell you how many times Concentrate has saved my bacon on this front. Those programs are just essential. I like to think that we need them, not because we are failures, but because we are SUCH good adaptive learners! 🙂 BF Skinner and his merry band of researchers would be proud of our learning curves. 🙂

  • Carrie S.

    Self Control ( is free and can keep you off your internet distractions.

  • SarahButtonedUp

    Thanks for sharing that free resource Carrie – I had never heard of it before. Looks useful!

  • emhrn

    You just described my day at work.  I happened to be distracted today because of a trip I’m trying to plan with family, so family members were texting me and I just HAD to respond right then.  But it could have waited, of course.  I do feel the need to respond immediately and I know that I am addicted to my email.  Thanks for bringing my attention to this and I plan on working on blocking the technology out more….

  • Joy at

    Focus! I try to be intentional about how I spend my time, and I try to remember that how I spend my time is a indication of what is really important to me.

  • Kayla

    Another great option is called RescueTime. The beauty of it is that it not only can block “unproductive sites” but it also graphs how you spend your time on your computer and on your phone (I think it’s available for Droid as well as the iPhone). And it’s free!

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