Avoid Distractions with Temptation Blocker Freeware

by Brad Isaac on September 11, 2006

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. :)

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B. Riley September 12, 2006 at 9:43 am

I’d really like to have something like this if I could block all sites except work related ones. A lot of the real work I do is done in a web browser. Unfortunately, it’s all too easy to open a new tab and just get lost for a while. ;-)

Brad Isaac September 12, 2006 at 7:11 pm

Seems to me Gina from Lifehacker wrote a greasemonkey script for Firefox that will do just what you are looking for. I can’t seem to locate it right now.

anna February 19, 2007 at 1:09 am

do you know of an alternate download site? and what is source error 91? do you know?

I love your program as well! It works really well but I think i need to physically lock my self out of things

acakadut June 20, 2008 at 10:59 pm

I guess I can’t use this program as I mostly 99% work with my browser & IM :D

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Brad Isaac June 22, 2008 at 1:10 pm

you can always set it to disable email, instant messengers that you shouldn’t use.

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