Graphic by Agne Kveselyte

Every time I give a speech and mention the software “Freedom,” people light up, clearly indicating that they need that. Freedom allows you to block yourself from specific websites while you’re working on something where you still need access to the web (which is nearly everything, it seems.)

One of my productivity techniques is that I close my email program when I’m working on a project where I need to focus (and of course, I immediately need to access information that’s in an email, every time!).

I just heard about a new program, called “Self Control,” that allows you to block your email program AND specific websites.

Here’s how it works, from their website:

Is email a distraction? SelfControl is an OS X application which blocks access to incoming and/or outgoing mail servers and websites for a predetermined period of time.

For example, you could block access to your email, facebook, and twitter for 90 minutes, but still have access to the rest of the web. Once started, it can not be undone by the application, by deleting the application, or by restarting the computer – you must wait for the timer to run out.

Here’s the website:

While you’re there, check out Steve’s artwork, which is terrific.

Image credit: Agne Kveselyte, via The Stock Exchange.

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