Focused on distraction
November 16, 2012 7:28 AM Subscribe
I'm easily distracted by the Internet while I write, but I don't want to shut it off altogether. Please help me cobble together a solution.
posted by catlet to Computers & Internet (9 answers total) 43 users marked this as a favorite
I use Pomodoro timers to schedule my writing time (for example, write for 20 minutes, then a 10 minute break). I'd like something that blocks access to specified sites, but I do need to look stuff up while I'm writing.
I installed Chrome Nanny and it's doing a great job of telling me how much time I'm wasting on my frivolous sites, but it doesn't block or close tabs even though it appears to be configured correctly. I'm rusty with regular expressions so that might be part of the problem.
Is there a solution that combines multiple user-configured timers and a site-specific block? I'm willing to buy such a program if it exists; otherwise, please help me put together a system that prevents me from browsing MeFi when I should be typing.
Specifics: I work cross-platform, with Windows 8 on a desktop, XP on a netbook, and an iPad. Something that could work on all three would be awesome, but the most important one is the Windows 8 machine; I use the others in places where there's already situational distraction.