Digital Declutter Diary: Day 3

So I’ve set up the Focus app on my laptop. I’m using this to block my access to the following sites:

  • Google News
  • Politico
  • The New York Times
  • The Economist
  • The Anchorage Daily News
  • FiveThirtyEight
  • Reddit
  • Apple Trailers
  • KTUU

As a result, when I go to site on the above list I get to see a page that looks something like this, complete with a random and annoyingly earnest productivity quote:

I bet I hit this page thirty or forty times today. It turns out that I have a fairly strong reflex to check a news site any time I get stuck on a task, frustrated, or bored. And I expect I lose several minutes with each news distraction. So the net result of not doing this is that I’m gaining quite a bit of extra time every day.

I kinda knew that I’d see something like this, but the result is a bit more dramatic than I imagined.

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