Just a quick post to pass along a new productivity hack, courtesy of friend-of-the-blog and newly crowned co-chair of the NASW Freelance Committee, Siri Carpenter:
I’ve been reading and enjoying your productivity hacks blog. I thought I’d let you know about a productivity hack that I learned about recently and like: the software Freedom, which costs $10. You set it for however many minutes of “freedom” (i.e., from the internet) you want — anything from 15 min to 8 hours. During that time, you can’t go online unless you reboot your computer. I like it a lot, because I find that anytime I’m doing some hard writing, or supposed to be, I have to dedicate a lot of cognitive resources to keeping myself from reading the news or checking email instead. This software removes that cognitive load and allows me to concentrate on what I’ve decided to concentrate on. The other reason I like it is that (unlike with some internet-blocking software) it’s not absolutely impossible to restore your internet access before your time if you really need to. You just need to reboot your computer to do so. For me, that’s a big enough extra step to keep me from being tempted to use it as a cheat.
I haven’t tried Freedom yet, but it is available for both Mac and Windows, and as Siri says, it costs just $10.
Thanks for the tip, Siri, and freelancers, keep ’em coming! It will all make for a more — ahem — productive session on productivity next month in New Haven!