Earlier this week Joan wrote about email usage in her Monday Motivators blog. I know that one of the points she made was that we often check our inbox every time we hear a notification and that is too many times during the course of a day. It just ends up distracting us and disrupting our workflow. I turned my email notification setting off a long time ago but I still find myself checking in far too frequently (not to mention the amount of times I check Facebook and twitter). While all the new technology on staying connected is wonderful it does distract me from doing tasks like writing, creating web site content, editing and all the other offline things that I need to focus on.
Well, there is a great tool out there that I found called Freedom. . Its an internet blocking software that you download to your computer (Windows & MAC). You set the amount of time you would like to be free from internet and it actually cuts you off from all internet activity.
Freedom will not allow you to go back online until the time is up. If you absolutely have to go back online you must reboot your computer. I am actually using the tool right now as I write this. Its a simple yet wonderful tool that helps cut down on multitasking and distractions that can keep you from being productive and doing your best work.
Anything that promotes freedom is okay in my book!