Finding yourself wasting lots of time browsing the web? How about hours of instant messaging? There’s some software released last year that can help. Temptation blocker is a small lightweight program you can use to block web browsing sessions and email, instant messages so you’ll get your work done.
First you choose the distracting programs you want to block such as Firefox, Outlook, ICQ. Then you set a timer for how long you want to not be distracted. Hit the “Get work done” button and all those distracting programs say bye-bye.
Feel like cheating and launching your web browser or IM client? If you try to disable or exit Temptation Blocker it isn’t easy. There is a “no cheat mechanism” built in that pops up forcing you to enter a long string of random letters and numbers to pay the price of quitting. Overall, it’s a great way to make sure you do get stuff done without distracting computer programs getting in your way.
Oh, and if you like Temptation Blocker, you might want to try out my freeware productivity application TaskBlaze.