Productivity at home: (1) managing your online activity

02Anthony Haynes writes: The internet is a wonderful thing. Many people would not be able to work at home, or remotely, without it.  But there are also disadvantages.

You’re working at home or in. say, a cafe. You decide to go online for some reason — for example, to check some information. Then you think, ‘While i’m online I might us well just check…[insert Facebook/Twitter/whatever]”.

Before you know it, half an hour or more has vanished.

The solution is to use an app to programme your computer to prevent access to nominated sites for a specified period. For example: you can programme an app to block access to Facebook for two hours.

Such apps include Cold Turkey (for PC users) and (for Mac users) Freedom.

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