Self Control

Today is Election Day in the United States and it’s always a stressful day watching the news, seeing the social media posts, and just sitting around watching it with zero control with outcome except my single vote. Yesterday, I made a joke on Twitter that I was preparing for today by adding a bunch of sites to my /etc/hosts file.

Out of this came a lot of great replies but Tom Schlick recommended an app called SelfControl that takes this to the next level.

SelfControl is a free and open-source application for macOS that lets you blockĀ your ownĀ access to distracting websites, your mail servers, or anything else on the Internet. Just set a period of time to block for, add sites to your blacklist, and click “Start.” Until that timer expires, you will be unable to access those sitesā€”even if you restart your computer or delete the application.

What I love is how hard core this app is. “Until that timer expires, you will be unable to access those sitesā€”even if you restart your computer or delete the application.” Now that is some serious blocking. haha

If you ever struggle with wasting time on certain sites I’d recommend giving SelfControl a try and also consider the following books for getting hyper focused:

Take an analog break

If you are like me then you spend way too many hours of the day looking a digital screen and after a while your eyes probably start hurting. Or at least mine do.

What Iā€™ve recently started doing was taking the simple little word search puzzles from the daily paper and slowly working it throughout the day. It gives my mind a break and gets my eyes off the screen for a few minutes.

If you arenā€™t taking breaks Iā€™d highly recommend you start. Even just a few minutes every hour to give your eyes a reset.