Jewellery making can be time consuming. When you’re not stringing, wire wrapping, hammering or firing, there’s designing, photographing, listing and blogging. Add in a full time job and there’s barely enough time in the day to eat and sleep. When your working on something online it’s so easy to loose focus and get distracted. It doesn’t help when you have your email, Facebook and Twitter alerts popping up all over your screen or those pesky targeted advertisements that know just the right time to show you a new bag or pair of shoes.
Recently a friend of mine suggested that I try self control. I was mildly offended, my self control is just fine thanks, but she was actually referring to the Self Control App, which I’d never heard of. Apparently, once installed on your laptop it allows you to block your access to certain websites for a set period of time, thus allowing you to focus solely on your work. It was intrigued, it sounded like an interesting idea. Of course I Googled it and I learnt that Self Control is just one of many apps designed to help you focus when working online. I’ve yet to download any of them. Suddenly I don’t so much like the idea of not having access to what I want, when I want. Why would I subject myself to these self-imposed “parental controls”? Surely I’m old enough and disciplined enough to get on with my work online without having to restrict my access to certain websites? But if that were true, then why have I stopped to check Pinterest and my emails several times whilst writing this short post? I guess it’s a bit like rehab, once you choose to go then you’re admitting to being an addict. Right now I’m not ready to admit to suffering with Internet ADHD, so in the words of Amy Winehouse I’m saying No, No, No!
If your struggling to stay focused online, check it out for yourself…http://selfcontrolapp.com/