Anyone know of a Procrastination Killing Application? I'm DONE with this...

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Hey guys,

Today was a rough day for me. I sat in front of my computer in the morning to do some work that needs to be done asap. My list is sitting in front of me, I know what I need to do and yet....

NOTHING!

Have you ever had one of those days that you knew what you needed to do and how important it was for you to do it, yet you couldn't get yourself to start on it? Maybe there was way too much on your plate.

Or there were too many distractions.

Well, I'm done with that! I am extremely pi$$ed off at myself for wasting so much time today.

So, I am asking you guys if anyone here knows of an online application or some type of software that allows me to do the following:

-BLOCK certain applications, especially browsers for certain amount of time. I'm talking about putting a block on an app for few hours and there is no way for me to get into that app.
-Allow access to only certain application for set amount of time.

I know of rescuetime.com which logs the time spent on different apps and activities on the computer but I don't think it allows me to block certain apps.

Thanks for all of your support and comments in advance.

Peter
#application #killing #procrastination
  • Profile picture of the author garyv
    I know of a great one....


    I'll get it to you tomorrow.
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    • Profile picture of the author bryce
      Originally Posted by garyv View Post

      I know of a great one....


      I'll get it to you tomorrow.

      ROFL! Well done
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  • Profile picture of the author winebuddy
    use this simple 5 step formula....

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    S

    on results and do not get out of the chair until you have them
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  • Profile picture of the author TheFlash
    i'm in the exact same situation

    wasted a whole day today (
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  • Profile picture of the author Marc Jager
    *LMAO* @ Garyv

    Here's your procrastination killer: THINK OF THE MONEY YOU ARE KISSING GOODBYE!

    If that doesn't work, reverse it - Think of money (lots of it) dangling infront of your nose like a carrot. To get it you have to do 'x'....
    Think of the reward ($$$) dangling in front of you and you will just get on with it!
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  • Profile picture of the author Mark McClure
    Peter,

    If you have the apps you need locally, go hard core and pull the network cable from the PC (or disable the wireless connection.)

    I use FireFox plugin 'LeechBlock' and configure it to block my list of time wasting sites between 8am and 9pm Mon - Fri.

    For example, this morning I didn't login until 8:05 and was immediately zapped from trying to check site stats. Of course I could cheat and remove the sites from Leechblock - but that extra effort and the mental 'ping' to stay on task was sufficient.

    So, if I want to check stats first thing I need to get online before 8am...

    I've made Sunday a free day and no sites are blocked. That's kind of a goof off reward for being a good boy during the week.
    Kinda works.

    Good luck.
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  • Profile picture of the author Eric Stanley
    If you are sitting in your gmail account all day long, there is actually a lab product that google has that you enable -- it blocks your screen and tells you to take a break, do something else, etc. Abstract, but might help!?
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  • Profile picture of the author CurtisN
    Sometimes, I use a nifty trick I like to call AltF4. I use this trick and all that is left in front of me is the work that I have to do
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  • Profile picture of the author Marty S
    Originally Posted by Razer Rage View Post

    Try The Action Machine v2.

    Get Things Done! - The Action Machine
    I concur. Not the best tool for overall planning, but its like being at work really, with a boss to report to. Sometimes you just got to play tricks on yourself. I use this everyday.
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  • Profile picture of the author kanus
    I made this real quick, unzip to folder, run setup.exe.

    Select the application(s) to block, click block, it wont let you use that application. To use it again close my app or click unblock.

    http://article-submitter-software.org/BlockApp.zip

    I didn't put a scheduler in, I didn't want to spend too much time on it. Your welcome to use it or ignore it lol, I knew how to put it together quick so I figured why not.
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  • Profile picture of the author kanus
    I figured people might think I'm sending a virus, just to prove a wrote the application, this is the code.

    Public Class Form1

    Private Sub Button3_Click(ByVal sender As System.Object, ByVal e As System.EventArgs) Handles Button3.Click
    On Error Resume Next
    OpenFileDialog1.ShowDialog()
    ListBox1.Items.Add(OpenFileDialog1.FileName.ToStri ng.Substring(OpenFileDialog1.FileName.ToString.Las tIndexOf("\") + 1).Replace(".exe", ""))
    End Sub

    Private Sub Button2_Click(ByVal sender As System.Object, ByVal e As System.EventArgs) Handles Button2.Click
    If Button2.Text = "Block Process" Then
    Timer1.Enabled = True
    Timer1.Start()
    Button2.Text = "Stop Blocking"
    Else
    Timer1.Stop()
    Button2.Text = "Block Process"
    End If
    End Sub

    Private Sub Timer1_Tick(ByVal sender As System.Object, ByVal e As System.EventArgs) Handles Timer1.Tick
    For Each p As Process In Process.GetProcesses()
    If ListBox1.Items.Contains(p.ProcessName.ToString) = True Then
    p.Kill()
    End If
    Next
    End Sub
    End Class
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    • Profile picture of the author Kyle Tully
      Leechblock for Firefox is good, but you can still access sites from other browsers/apps.

      If you want hardcore procrastination killing (and are on a Mac) check out Self Control.

      It blocks site at the OS level so you can't access them from any app. And once the timer is set, you can't change it. Even resetting won't help.
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  • Profile picture of the author artwebster
    Peter,

    Please. Please. Please read your post again and think about what you are saying and try to discover the logic behind it.

    You sit in front of your screen watching time be absorbed by programmes, email accounts, sales letters, reports of your sites and any other non productive stuff that YOU pull up.

    Why do you do this?

    Errr, because it is easy?
    Because it is easier than working?
    Because it is semi-automatic?
    Because it is automatic?

    All of the above but - most importantly - because you want to!

    Is one more automated programme on your computer going to make one jot of difference?

    You are not procrastinating.
    You are not some poor victim of an inanimate object that holds you in thrall.

    What you are is LAZY!
    What you are is incapable of accepting that it is all your fault!

    You are one more victim of the syndrome that seems prevalent in internet marketers - the syndrome that says - "Everybody says they automate everything and hardly do any work at all - and I want to be like them!"

    Congratulations! - You are now like them - looking for yet more automation to let you kid yourself that it is not your fault.

    Harsh?
    Damn right!
    True?
    Don't tell me - turn your attention from your screen to a mirror and then you tell YOU!
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    • Profile picture of the author bryce
      Originally Posted by artwebster View Post

      Peter,

      Please. Please. Please read your post again and think about what you are saying and try to discover the logic behind it.


      Harsh?
      Damn right!
      True?
      Don't tell me - turn your attention from your screen to a mirror and then you tell YOU!
      Smart, couldnt have said it amy better than that!
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      • Profile picture of the author ExRat
        Hi Peter,

        'Despair gives courage to a coward' Thomas Fuller

        Think about what makes you attractive to the opposite sex. Then go and look at your bank account.
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    • Profile picture of the author tracyaustin
      Originally Posted by artwebster View Post


      What you are is LAZY!
      What you are is incapable of accepting that it is all your fault!
      I disagree. What happens (in the US anyway) is that we are (almost) all conditioned from early childhood by schooling to look outside of ourselves for not only guidance but permission to take action. It's insidious and though the popular line to is to blame less productive people for being lazy, it usually isn't helpful, since it isn't based in fact.

      It can work though because we are all also conditioned to be competitive and have that "I'll show you I'm not lazy!" (or not whatever) and one can read something like this and become motivated to take action.

      But motivation is a problem as well because it, too, comes from outside of ourselves. Inspiration is what we all need, but where is it?

      Try looking within and figuring out why you want to work for yourself. That is what you need to keep running in the back of your mind as you "procrastinate" the time away. Think of the reasons you are pursuing IM to begin with. If they are strong enough reasons, you can get through any "procrastination" in a few minutes by remembering what YOU want and being inspired, rather than motivated, to act. That's all that matters.

      My best,
      Tracy
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  • Profile picture of the author Peter Bestel
    Peter

    Art is dead on the money, mostly.

    Stop using that worn-out euphemism, 'procrastination' and face up to the fact that you've been lazy. But note I didn't want to say you're ARE lazy, simply that you HAVE been lazy. I don't want to strap that particular label on you (you're welcome to do it yourself, but it's not useful)

    Laziness is a display of lack of desire. You either aren't juiced enough about what you want or aren't annoyed enough about where you are. You're in your comfort zone and you don't have enough motivation to shift.

    No computer app is going to solve this. It will simply act like a sticking plaster to mask the underlying cause. Convince yourself that you really want to achieve success or at least get away from non-productive, painful days and you might just start to shift. Until you make some changes in your head you'll probably see a recurrence of this lazy behaviour.

    The computer you want to be installing a new app on is between your ears.

    Peter
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  • Profile picture of the author Glenn Leader
    Hi Peter,

    One thing that might help you is having an accountability partner that wont spare
    your feelings. Find somebody who will spend 15 minutes or so a day with you on
    Skype to catch up with what you did yesterday, and what you didn't do, and plan
    today's work. If you didn't achieve your targets, and you had no valid reason for it,
    they should give you a gentle bollocking and put some pressure on you. Perhaps
    some kind of JV arrangement might work out for you, where you both benefit from
    each others work.

    HTH

    Glenn
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  • Profile picture of the author ragstworiches
    Hi,

    Perhaps you should avoid the warrior forum, I spend most of my procrastinating time in here.

    Phil
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    • Profile picture of the author Mark McClure
      @ragstoriches - lol! I've had to add WF to LeechBlock as this place gets addictive.

      Other posters have made relevant points about the app between your ears - which I agree with.

      But for low level app malware (like wot I have in me cranium) LeechBlock is doing the job - I couldn't be bothered to open my bookmarks in another app. Just being denied access is sufficient to guide me back on track.

      And automated denial is an example of one of the tactics ("willpower leveraging") that can be used to help "follow through" - all clearly explained in a superb book from psychologist Steve Levinson and educator Pete Greider.

      Following Through - About The Book | Behavioral Dynamics

      I have the book (as a PDF) and also the clip-on Motivaider gizmo (check out their home page).

      I highly recommend this book (from a self-coaching perspective) - and at $13 plus p&p it's an incredible bargain.

      And you don't actually need to buy the Motivaider - though it does help in automating their "spotlighting" strategy without anyone around you even suspecting what's going on!
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  • Profile picture of the author James Schramko
    Three tips:

    1) Look in the mirror and make yourself accountable
    2) get a timer and set mini goals
    3) get a second computer dedicated just for email and chat / skype etc... and remove it from the main one.
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  • Profile picture of the author Peter Helps
    To all of you who have commented here on the thread, thank you. I appreciate it. When I made a post about it, I didn't think it was going to stir up so many issues.

    Yesterday was not a very good day for me, probably because I came off a great father's day and had a hard time getting myself to work.

    However, several of you recommended leechblock and I installed it earlier today. That's all I wanted to do. I installed the extension, set the custom preferences and off I went to work.

    I am happy to say that I did a lot of work today, recorded a sales video, wrote up several blog posts, worked with my outsourcing team to finalize few things and am very happy with my production.

    I know that the lazy factor can sometimes creep up and the money factor is a good motivator.

    I believe that your suggestions will not only help me but many people here in the warrior forum. If anyone has any other suggestions, keep them coming because I bet you there is someone out there who will benefit from this.

    Thank you again and I appreciate your feedback, both nice and "kick in the you know what" advice

    Peter
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  • Profile picture of the author DoctorQuest
    There's nothing more motivating than hard deadlines and serious consequences for not meeting them. So...

    1) Create some goals you you really want to achieve.

    2) Create some hard deadlines that will lead you to acomplishing them.

    3) Create some serious consequences for not meeting them.
    (even better, let your spouse/partner create them...game on!)

    4) Create some rewards for yourself for each benchmark achieved "On Schedule."
    (even better, let your spouse/partner create them...game on!)

    Now, every day, every mundane task, every distasteful chore is more fun and more exciting! Who says work can't be fun?
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  • Profile picture of the author Brad Gosse
    I have an audio product to help improve your focus

    http://www.warriorforum.com/warrior-...-done-now.html
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  • Profile picture of the author Quang Van
    Check out Eben Pagan's "Wake Up Productive" or Jason Fladlien's IM Time Management ... Plan your life goal, then 1 year goal, then 90 days goal, then 1 month goals then 1 week goal.

    Write down your 90 day, month and week goal on a weekly tracking sheet.

    Use time blocking to split your day into blocks of time, and get yourself a timer. Work in focus chunks.

    *goals, you can work on more then one goal at the same time. But try to work on one project at once till completion. Remember it's all about marketing and making money!
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    • Profile picture of the author DoctorQuest
      Originally Posted by Quang Van View Post

      Check out Eben Pagan's "Wake Up Productive" or Jason Fladlien's IM Time Management ... Plan your life goal, then 1 year goal, then 90 days goal, then 1 month goals then 1 week goal.

      Write down your 90 day, month and week goal on a weekly tracking sheet.

      Use time blocking to split your day into blocks of time, and get yourself a timer. Work in focus chunks.

      *goals, you can work on more then one goal at the same time. But try to work on one project at once till completion. Remember it's all about marketing and making money!
      I attended a one day workshop in Disney and Jason Fladlien was one of the three featured speakers/instructors. I never heard of him before. Wow! This is one smart guy. Get 'r done!
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  • Profile picture of the author TOCExpert
    Focus on one thing at time.
    Use a process to determine what the one highest and best use of your time is (I've created this process, so you can use mine you don't have to reinvent.)
    Turn off all distractions including email, twitter, facebook etc.
    Get to work!
    You don't get paid to start things, only to finish!
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  • Profile picture of the author TOCExpert
    Also, once you know what is the best use of your time, where to FOCUS, then break the task into much smaller bits.

    For example, let's say that the one thing you need to work on is:
    - Set up a Wordpress blog for X

    That may be too big and overwhelming, so replace that with:
    - set up hosting account at xxx
    - installed wordpress plugin
    - copy last email into first post of blog
    - send email to notifiy list that you have posted on your blog
    - etc.

    There are some good books on "getting things done". The only issue that I have with them is that they don't make sure that what you're trying to get done is actually the thing you should be working on.

    One of the biggest issues I see with my clients is that they are often working on things that they should NOT be doing.

    I hope that helps! Now stop reading this and get to work!
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    • Profile picture of the author Axeman63
      Surely, even if you get an app that stops you looking at stuff, you haven't really solved the problem.

      What you are doing is diversionary tactics. You need to get to the bottom of why you ain't doing what you know you have to do.

      Procrastination is a real tough one for psychologists becuase there are so many variables involved.

      Have you always been a bit like this or is it recent?

      What gets you moving, the thought of FINAL NOTICE letters or driving your dream car?

      Is it really your environment? maybe it is, probably isn't

      You can't go far wrong by reading Stephen Covey's stuff.
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  • Profile picture of the author Igor Kheifets
    Hey Peter,

    here's what you do.

    I don't have any applications to recommend, but
    what you need to teach yourself is to take immedeate action.

    Just train yourself to. Make it a habit.

    When you sit down to work turn off all your
    cell phones, email clients, rss feed clients, msn, icq, skype, etc.

    EVERYTHING!

    That way you can focus like a proper entrepreneur you are.

    Igor
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  • Profile picture of the author Festinho
    Forget the applications, acquire the discipline. If you do not tackle the problem head on you'll find it attacking in other situations. For example, you mind will wander to when you are in a beach somewhere instead of taking action to get you to that position. It's the mindset you need to focus on.
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  • Profile picture of the author rapidscc
    So what if you were "PROCRASTINATING" yesterday..So What If You've Been Lazy..It's ALL IN THE PAST NOW..DO TODAY!

    The best time to plant a tree is 10 years ago..The second best time is TODAY!
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  • Profile picture of the author ChrisByrns
    Prolly THE best Procrastination-Killing-Device would be a girlfriend you truly love.

    Speaking from my own experiences here.. there was a time i was just slackin' / getting nothing accomplished and she told me (actually she was screaming, yelling) : "Lift your lazy a** up the couch and get your work done or i'm freaking outta here! AND I MEAN IT!!!"

    ..you won't believe how quickly i sorted all my stuff and started working again!

    Cheerz,
    Chris.
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    • Profile picture of the author TE2
      Structure...

      You have to treat it like a business.

      I have my best performance and achievement of goals when I "list manage" what I need to get done whether it is business or household items.

      I used to list manage myself using a spreadsheet but found that keeping a small notebook (8"x5") of tasks works best.

      When I think of something, I open up the notebook and write it down.

      Each day, I begin my day with systems and sales checks to ensure that all is well. Then, I open the notebook and determine what needs to be completed today. The I get to work.

      I also find it helpful to get up around 4:30 AM before my family awakes - a couple "quiet" hours does wonders for getting things done.

      Regards,

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  • Profile picture of the author Glenn Leader
    One of my favourite WF SIGs of all time... Forgotten who's


    "Procrastinate...NOW!"
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  • Profile picture of the author Jon Steel
    it all boils down to how bad you want to achieve your goal. not trying to be rude, but if you are easily distracted or lose focus easily - then you don't want it as bad as you thought you did...

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    • Profile picture of the author Geode
      I've got one, it's called a bank statement!
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  • Profile picture of the author pi365
    I listen to a motivational CD first thing in the morning. It helps to get my day off to a good start.
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  • Profile picture of the author valerieSONORA
    That's hard. If you don't have willpower, you can't quit all the stuff that wastes your time instead of letting you be productive. (like posting here too much)

    All I could come up with is hire someone to beat you if you start procrastinating and slacking off.

    Or eat some really hot peppers and don't allow yourself anything to drink until you're finished with what you need to do.
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  • Profile picture of the author Mangozoom
    Make the main thing the main thing ... work on your personal discipline you dont need an app.

    Its important you plan in some time off too ...
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    • Profile picture of the author TOCExpert
      Are you sure that the things on your to do list NEED to be done?

      If no, remove the things that are not obstacles to your goal or project your working on.

      If yes, then you list may be too overwhelming. Try to break a bigger project into smaller bite size pieces.

      The key is for you to start a new pattern. You can do that without spending a dime.
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  • Profile picture of the author AndrewCavanagh
    I was going to get one made up...but I put it off.


    Okay I know the joke's been done but I couldn't resist.

    When you want to do work you just need to turn everything else off.

    It's a good discipline for the first hour or two of your workday.

    Kindest regards,
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  • Profile picture of the author xohaibx
    The biggest reason why you can't get started is because of the size of the tasks on your list. Take a hard look at them. How broad are your tasks? Are they tasks or goals?

    Now, once you know what's on the plate, time to break it down into smaller tasks. Then again go through the same process and if you still having the same problem starting, break them down further ... Keep doing this until you reach a point where you say, what the heck! Is that ALL I need to do to get done with this task? That's it! You just started! Now your job is to make sure the tasks on your list are of MICRO levels ... So that you get that "it's too simple" feeling ... It doesn't matter how LONG your list gets ... That won't bother you as much as the size of the tasks on your list ...

    Hope this helps! Cuz it helped me big time with my procrastination ... even though I tried every damn software and application out there ... Nothing beats completing your tasks on micro levels and moving ahead. Trust me, it works!
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  • Profile picture of the author nicholasb
    get someone to stand behind you and hit you with a stick until you start working
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  • Profile picture of the author GarryMSayer
    Hi Peter,

    Four quick tips for overcoming procrastination that have helped me in the past:


    1. Dive straight in without thinking too much about it - this is one of the best methods I have found, thinking too much about how bad it is going to be makes it ten times worse, often when you start it you realise the task isn't that bad.

    "To think too long about doing a thing often becomes its undoing."
    Eva Young


    2. Make sure you are batching your time - If you are batching your time then you should not be procrastinating as that hour/half hour slot you are focussing on should be all action - make sure as soon as you start the batching session you use that momentum to start a task straightaway.

    3. Make sure you are setting deadlines
    - use tight deadlines to cut out procrastination and force action.

    4. Time yourself - This is for thinking time, often we use 'thinking about something' as an excuse to procrastinate, after all thinking about how best to do something is also kind of working on the task. Too much thinking is as bad as too little and often causes you to put off making a decision for longer as you have time to reconsider. Be abrupt, set a tight deadline on how much time you will think about your problem.

    Hope this helps buddy.

    Garry.
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  • Profile picture of the author infohog
    1.) TURN EMAIL OFF!

    Incoming emails will launch you in a dozen different directions. And, being human, you will justify each diversion as 'important'.

    2.) Go to Home Depot and spend $11 on a pair of construction 'ear muffs'. These are sound deadening devices that construction workers and others in loud noise atmospheres use to protect their ears. You may look like a dork but you'll love the peace and focus that comes with beautiful silence.

    Note: You may need to threaten physical pain on anyone that thinks its freakin funny to sneak up on you while you're in your zone.
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  • Profile picture of the author Peter Helps
    Awesome stuff you guys. I'm using several of these strategies now and they work tremendously.

    Peter
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    • Profile picture of the author Mountainbird
      Originally Posted by Peter Helps View Post

      I'm using several of these strategies now and they work tremendously.Peter
      Could you tell which strategies are really helping?
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      :)

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      • Profile picture of the author Vanquish
        I like to use a free trial program called Timto. It lets me plan out my day hour by hour and i set a countdown timer for each task which really helps me focus and drill down what i need to do each day. You can get a copy of it here if you like.

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  • Profile picture of the author SteveJohnson
    I have 3 great anti-procrastination apps: wife, son1, son2 - although they do get wearisome at times and I find myself wishing alt-F4 would work. Even being able to minimize them would help, but alas, nothing seems to reduce their ability to show up at the most inopportune times and ask, "What are you working on?".

    "Ummmmmm," doesn't seem to satisfy their curiosity.
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  • Profile picture of the author sbucciarel
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    Originally Posted by pk80356 View Post

    Hey guys,

    Today was a rough day for me. I sat in front of my computer in the morning to do some work that needs to be done asap. My list is sitting in front of me, I know what I need to do and yet....

    NOTHING!

    Have you ever had one of those days that you knew what you needed to do and how important it was for you to do it, yet you couldn't get yourself to start on it? Maybe there was way too much on your plate.

    Or there were too many distractions.

    Well, I'm done with that! I am extremely pi$ off at myself for wasting so much time today.

    So, I am asking you guys if anyone here knows of an online application or some type of software that allows me to do the following:

    -BLOCK certain applications, especially browsers for certain amount of time. I'm talking about putting a block on an app for few hours and there is no way for me to get into that app.
    -Allow access to only certain application for set amount of time.

    I know of rescuetime.com which logs the time spent on different apps and activities on the computer but I don't think it allows me to block certain apps.

    Thanks for all of your support and comments in advance.

    Peter

    There are two such apps ... selfcontrol.com and focus.com
    Both are free
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  • Profile picture of the author Michael Perez
    Hi All,

    Ah, productivity pr0n, I love it...

    I got to say that aside from turning OFF email and IM notifications and using apps like WriteRoom (Mc), DarkRoom (PC) or JDarkRoom (Cross platform and Free)[/URL], there are three keys to productivity for me.

    I'll give you one of them.

    Carrot and Stick

    Different people are motivated by different things and most people are motivated more by loss and pain (the stick) than they are by profit and pleasure. I say, use both to be sure.

    Every day when I sit down to work, I create for myself a vivid mental experience (see, hear, feel, touch, taste) of what I currently have that I'm going to lose if I don't do this work. I then extrapolate that out to the knock-on consequences and how that's going to make me feel.

    When I do that, I look and touch the snow-globe on my desk.

    Then I do the same, but with what I'm going to gain and have if I do this and things like it. Where's that going to put me, what will that give me, what will I be able to do for myself and the ones I love from there and how will all of that make me feel?

    When I do that, I look at and touch this trophy on my desk.

    If I feel my motivation waning, I look at and perhaps touch my stick (the snow globe) and carrot (the trophy) again and feel it all come rushing back!

    Keep in mind that I do the whole process every time I sit down to work. Takes 2 minutes. I also make the images just a little different to make them fresh. Like pr0n and sex, variety is the space of life and it's easy to find familiar pleasures (and pains) dull somewhat with repeated exposure.

    If you decide to try this, split-test.

    Do it sometimes stick and carrot and other times, carrot and stick. See which works best to get and keep you motivated.

    Hope this Helps!

    Be Well,

    Michael Perez
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  • Profile picture of the author MichaelHiles
    Motivation and desire.

    I look at my wife and children and realize that every minute I waste on not getting something done, I am taking away from time I should be spending with them.
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  • Profile picture of the author Jesus Perez
    I just bought this. I've been looking for something like this for a while. I've always found blocking out time in calendars is rather non-realistic. This is the perfect "action software" that bridges my RTM tasks with my desktop. LOVE IT! Thanks.

    Originally Posted by Razer Rage View Post

    Try The Action Machine v2.

    Get Things Done! - The Action Machine
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  • Profile picture of the author Doiron
    I just found this thread and it fascinates me. Many of the suggestions have been - literally less than useless. I say literally because telling someone that their problem is all about self control adds a layer of guilt to an already serious problem.

    People who chronically procrastinate do so because their brains are just wired differently. Somehow or in some way they were "trained" to put things off. The reasons may involve fear of failure, fear of success, an inability to accept anything less than perfection, the worry that they'll out-shadow family or friends, a feeling of low self-worth or that they simply don't deserve success, the reluctance to do better than their parents did, or myriad other reasons including statements innocently offered by parents, teachers or other authority figures.

    This is not a condition to be ashamed of. It is NOT a self-discipline issue. Telling procrastinators that all they need to do is "buckle down", "put your shoulder to the wheel", "just focus", etc. is exactly like the old joke of telling an insomniac not to lose any sleep over it.

    People who have been blessed with little or no procrastination problems just cannot understand this. It's a very serious condition and can have a grip not unlike a smoking addiction. The strictly physical elements are different but the inability to quit, the tendency to return to the familiar habit, is very similar.

    My suggestion is to try to rewire the brain. Hypnosis or self-hypnosis can be beneficial. Visualization or guided imagery exercises can do a great deal of good. Psychotherapy from a qualified practioner is an option. Several methods taught by NLP (Neuro Linguistic Programming) teachers can be extremely beneficial. EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique), recently also know as Meridian Tapping or Meridian Therapy, can be a tremendous tool - easy to learn and free to do.

    Information on EFT can be obtained for free at www dot emofree dot com (I'm not an affiliate) and there are many books readily available. I'm a big fan of this ever since I EASILY quit a nail-biting habit of over 45 years after just one six-minute session. In the interest of full disclosure, I did have to do two more sessions over the next five weeks but an extra two six-minute sessions is a miniscule price to pay. I've been free of the habit for almost a year now. I'm confident it will work on procrastination issues.

    Give it a try. Nothing to lose, after all.
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    • Profile picture of the author Mountainbird
      Doiron,

      thank you for your great and valuable post.

      Karl
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      :)

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