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There are several tools for managing online time, including hardware timers, parental controls, and personal control.
I find myself going down rabbit hole after rabbit hole on the internet when I should be using this time to be productive. I do love how useful the internet is, but I would really like a program that will limit my access to it to a set number of hours or minutes a day. The problem is, I get curious about esoteric things and having access to so much information that leads to thought after I thought and before I know it, three hours have slipped away. Are there any programs that will time my usage and allow me to set controls so that instead of finding out say, who the founding members of Queensryche are, I can instead spend my time being productive in my work and my home.
In this excerpt from Answercast #42, I look at several ways to manage time when surfing online.
There are, I believe, routers that have some kind of a timer functionality that you can put in.
Otherwise, the thing to look for is parental controls.
Most often, this type of functionality (the type of functionality that you're looking for) is mostly associated with parents wanting to control the amount of time their children spend on the internet – much like you're trying to control your own time.
So the phrase to be looking for are things like parental controls.
That being said, you know, I've had this same problem from time to time; my solution is actually a little bit different. Maybe it's a little bit more self-reliant.
What I did is I went out and got myself a timer. There's a bunch of different timers. It's nothing more really than a stopwatch or an alarm clock or something like that.
You can use a physical one.
There are stopwatch and alarm clock applications for the PC readily available.
I set myself a time. I say, "You know what, for the next 45 minutes, I'm going to work." I make sure that during that 45 minutes, I don't go surfing on the internet or play World of Warcraft or get sucked into Facebook. I end up working on what I'm working on
Then, when the timer goes off, I then give myself permission to take another certain amount of time again with that timer, and say, "OK, fine. Now, it's time for another break. Now, we can play." Now, we can go ahead and do the kinds of things that we find ourselves all too easily doing.
But again, only for a limited time.
So, ultimately, yes, you can certainly go looking for parental control software, and for parental control hardware (in forms of routers). But if you can set yourself up, if you can discipline yourself to pay attention to it and follow through on it:
It could be as simple as just getting a timer or a clock;
And setting an alarm.
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