It turns out I need limits. Limits that someone else sets.
I've heard all these writers raving about a program called Freedom. On the website, it says, "Freedom is the perfect New Year's resolution, a simple productivity application that locks you away from the internet on Mac or Windows computers for up to eight hours at a time. Freedom frees you from distractions, allowing you time to write, analyze, code, or create. At the end of your offline period, Freedom allows you back on the internet."
That all sounded good. If it was shareware. But then it continues, "You can download Freedom immediately for 10 dollars, and a free trial is available."
Ten dollars! That was ridiculous. I am perfectly capable of setting limits myself. But in the interim I gave the free trial a whirl. The first time, I only set the time out period for 15 minutes. And realized I probably would have clicked on the Internet a dozen times if it weren't for Freedom.
I guess it's like dieting. Anyone who has ever gained an extra ounce knows the basics of how you make weight go away. But a lot of folks need a structure that holds them accountable. I once lost 20 pounds on Weight Watchers (before my "you're not the boss of me" gene kicked in). That's way more success than I've had when I've just told myself I was going to be good.
So I guess I'm going to make Freedom the boss of me.
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