Twitter and Facebook have always held sway over me. Oh, I’ve known that they are both huge time bleeds, but it’s become a habit.
A habit that I am finally starting to break, thanks in large part to SelfControl, a free, open-source app for the Mac.
SelfControl is a barebones app that lets you block your own access to distracting websites. Pick the amount of time you want to block your time-wasters and hit the “Start” button. A timer will then appear, showing you how much remaining time is left before you can access your distractions again.
Until that time elapses, there is nothing you can do to access the site. Quitting the SelfControl app won’t work. Rebooting won’t either. You are locked in to maintaining self-control, and that’s the beauty of this app. It would be nice if there was simple way to auto-run Self-Control on a fixed schedule, but that’s my only nitpick.
For what it does, and for the price, SelfControl is an excellent app to reclaim your productivity.