I’ve been noticing that I’ve been going into even more of what David calls an “intertrance” lately, staring at the computer until my eyes start to burn. Doing the Bermuda Triangle of Productivity thing and then “Ooh! Pinterest!” and back again.
And it’s just ridiculous. Because even as I’m doing it, I’m thinking of all the things I need to do offline. All the books I have to read. The stuff that needs doing in the house. The children I left lying around somewhere. It’s a really bad habit and one I decided to try to quit.
I thought at first I’d set an alarm for, say, 45 minutes because often I feel like I’ve only been online a little while, but it turns out hours have passed. But then I thought ‘there’s probably an app for that.’ And, lo, there is. It’s called Time Out. It’s free. And you can change the settings for how long you want to be online before being reminded to hop off and how long you want the break to be.
I set it for an hour online with an hour’s break. When the hour’s up, the screen starts to dim and then, once you’re on a break, it shows a bar to tell you how much of your break is left. You can, of course, turn it off or quit the break or whatever, but what I’ve noticed is how many times I just pop to the computer without even thinking. At least seeing the powered down screen makes me pause and wonder if I really do need to do whatever (let’s face it, it’s probably check Twitter).
Funnily enough, it’s powering down right now, so I’d better… argh…