These days between roughly 9 AM and 5 PM this is the screen that welcomes me when I (try to) visit a social networking site. Using bookmarklets I can still post but I can’t visit, browse, read, or otherwise kill time.
Self-control is a limited resource; I need it for other things.
Making choices ahead of time and then setting it up so it’s automated and you’re cranking widgets is much more efficient.
Automate your decisions.
Yes But Why Block In The First Place?
I want things to slow down.
The hurried rush of this, then that, 10-second touch-base here, press Like there, has got to stop.
The payback came quickly and is still building. A sense of calm. Expanded focus. Heightened concentration. Much longer time in The Zone. More books that I read more calmly. A richer InstaPaper list. Less media snacking. Balance.
"Before writing this post let me check email — oh, and I should be social and not ignore an @reply on Twitter… Well, might as well do a full round then and make sure Facebook and Google+ are covered too."
It doesn’t take that long. Maybe a minute or two if it’s really just a quick round? Longer if you stumble on "stuff". Much longer if you take into account the task-switching time.
The first people to go to are the ones around me. The second my close family and friends I can only reach online. Then my social network.