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Self control is a virtue that is hard to develop. With the rise of social media, self control has become even more of an issue. Working from a computer has many advantages. A person can keep up with the news, play a game or two, visit Facebook, and even tweet. The problem is small breaks turn into long breaks, and work productivity goes down.
Digital distractions are the fabric of life now. This site dot-dot-dot.org adds ideas, and even more wonderful programs which are useful. The programs are not the problem, but the addiction a person can form with them is. It is so easy to do. Apps, new software applications, friends, and information streams in at a constant rate. It is all good, but distracting.
Now there is a solution to help a person block the digital distractions. The program is called “SelfControl” and Steve Lambert made it to help himself from meandering in social media instead of producing art. Creative people must have blocks of time to focus on creating. As every creative person knows gremlins lurk in the most unsuspecting places calling their name to do anything, but their work. The program is a free open source download at Steve Lambert’s website. Access can be blocked to items such as email. Facebook or Twitter by the user for a predetermined time. All other websites are available for use. Once SelfControl is started it cannot be undone by deleting or restarting the computer. A user must wait until the timer counts down. A little program to help creative personalities focus on what they love to do without any nagging or heinous punishment.