Reducing Internet Distractions the Hard Way

By Deane Barker on April 5, 2009

Disconnecting Distraction: From Paul Graham, here’s a somewhat drastic, albeit unbeatable way to reduce Net distractions when you’re trying to get work done.

Maybe in the long term the right answer for dealing with Internet distractions will be software that watches and controls them. But in the meantime I’ve found a more drastic solution that definitely works: to set up a separate computer for using the Internet.

I now leave wifi turned off on my main computer except when I need to transfer a file or edit a web page, and I have a separate laptop on the other side of the room that I use to check mail or browse the web.

The problem with this, however, is that some people need to be connected to the Net to work. At Blend, we have to always be connected to our dev servers. To make this work, everyone would need to work locally, which may or may not work.



  1. I also recommend the program StopDistractions. It runs on Windows and blocks websites like Facebook and Twitter. You can set a timer and customize the list of blocked websites. Definitely worth a download!

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