Freedom from distractions?

Freedom from distractions?

I'm sure you can relate to this scenario. You sit at your desk about to start on that important task, but you first check your social feed... then after a number of scrolls and clicks 30 minutes or more has passed and you haven't started anything. You then feel guilty and take another 20 minutes to get settled again to finally get some work done, and an hour has passed before you got off on the right track. If this happens a number of times a day, you can imagine how many hours were wasted.

Social media apps are fabulous, don't get me wrong, but they are also addicting and distracting. The clever people who built them have studied deeply into human psychology and behaviour and have made our favourite apps so appealing, that it can be very difficult to shake the addiction, for some at least.

Now I'm not saying you should delete apps all together. We get a lot of benefits from sharing study inspiration on Tumblr and Instagram for example. It's just a matter of finding ways to gain your time and productivity back when apps start being destructive. Your time is your most valuable asset. Don't throw it away, and make it work for you to achieve your goals. 

I've been trying an app called Freedom, therefore the butterfly doodle as it's their logo. So here's how it works if you haven't already used them. You basically set which apps you want to block in your settings in block mode, and by default in Freedom Social Media apps are blocked. You then turn on a timer for how long you want those apps blocked and you start your work. It's that simple. I am currently using the free version of Freedom, which will require me to pay a few dollars to upgrade after I have blocked apps for 7 sessions. I have been looking around for other apps, and found some that block apps on my mac such as Self Control, but I haven't yet found one I like on my iPhone. I may end up paying for the update, as it's probably worth the investment to gain my time back. 

If you want to steal your time back from social media, give Freedom a try. And do let me know if you find other apps that are good. I'd like to try others!!

 

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