7 Reasons Why You Should Learn How to Block a Website

 In Productivity
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How often do you get distracted from your work and find yourself endlessly browsing the web? If you have trouble answering this question, then you are probably spending too much time surfing the net. You may find it hard to complete your work and stay focused. But, there is a solution to prevent these distractions.

Learning how to block a website and restrict your internet access throughout the day will lead to better focus and actually give you more spare time at the end of the work day. Don’t believe me? Here are 7 reasons why blocking a website can help improve your time management. By restricting or blocking access, you will:

  1. Not get distracted as often
  2. Spend less time checking Facebook
  3. Be able to increase your productivity
  4. Force yourself to stick to your routine
  5. Be able to stay focused on the task at hand
  6. Complete your daily commitments on time
  7. Find yourself reaching the long-term goals that you have set

#1 – Prevent Distractions

Time management is all about managing the time that you have available so that you can complete your daily goals in a timely manner. The biggest obstacle to this is the internet. When you work from home and are required to use the internet to complete your tasks, then the internet is both necessary and a threat to your productivity.

Blocking access to the websites that you visit most often will help prevent these distractions. This is hard to do without help. This is why I am currently developing software that will allow you to automatically block access to specific sites, set internet time limits, and more. My goal with this software is to help you increase your productivity and stay focused. Make sure that you check back so that you can get access to this software as soon as it is released.

#2 – Waste Less Time on Facebook

Along with blocking access to websites on your computer or laptop, you may benefit from an app blocker for your smartphone. Facebook and other apps keep you from getting everything accomplished during the day. The time that you waste using these apps could be spent on your actual tasks.

#3 – Increase Your Productivity

The benefit of both website and app blockers is that they will be able help increase your productivity. Imagine that you spend six minutes every hour browsing the web or checking an app on your phone. Over the course of ten hours, you will have wasted an entire hour of your time. If that’s not a drain on productivity, then what is? Not sticking to your daily routine.

#4 – Stick to Your Daily Routine

Planning out your morning routine is a great way to stay on track. But, these plans will mean nothing if you cannot keep yourself from opening a new tab in your browser and wasting time browsing the net.

With the FindFocus Productivity Planner, you can actually plan out every single stage of your day – from your morning routine to your evening routine and everything in between. Though, it all starts with your morning routine.

Productivity Planner

You can fill out this planner in the evening, before you end your day, or early in the morning, as a part of your morning routine. It will also come in handy throughout the day, for helping you remember to take your breaks and stick to your routine.

#5 – Stay Focused on the Task at Hand

Blocking or restricting your internet access will also help you stay focused on the task at hand. Multitasking is not real. There is no benefit to trying to juggle multiple tasks because your brain needs to process the transition between these tasks. Six-minutes wasted on a website could result in ten minutes of getting back on track.

#6 – Complete Your Daily Commitments

Procrastination is the root of all evil. It drains your productivity and prevents you from completing your daily commitments. But, you are not alone. Studies show that about 20% of people are chronic procrastinators. This means they regularly find themselves putting off their daily tasks.

Again, you will find it easier to stay focused and manage your time if you cannot spend a few minutes here and there browsing the web.

#7 – Reach Your Long-Term Goals

Along with your actual commitments, you should find it easier to reach your own personal goals. The plan that you set out for the week, the month, or the year will be easier to reach. You will not reach these goals overnight, but you will never get there at all if you cannot find ways to manage your time.

You need to take everything one day at a time while continuing to look at the big picture. You should occasionally check your long-term goals and make sure that you are taking small steps to reach them. Again, there is a spot for this in the Productivity Planner:

Set Your Goals

How Do You Block Access to a Website?

So, you now know the reasons why it is important to block internet access, but how do you go about this? You will need to install a program on your computer or smartphone that is capable of restricting access. There are currently a few programs available, but I have not been satisfied with how they work. As mentioned, I am in the process of developing software that will provide all of the benefits discussed. 

Staying focused does not need to be complicated. But, it can require practice. App and website blockers can help. But, the currently available programs may not meet your needs. Though, there is a way to start improving your focus now. I suggest that you fill out the Productivity Planner. As mentioned, it will help you plan out your entire day, helping you stay focused.

Martin Boeddeker
Martin Boeddeker is the founder of FindFocus.net, the One-Page Productivity Planner and the mind behind the FindFocus Distraction Blocker for Mac. He studied industrial engineering and management in Germany and worked for some of the biggest companies in the world. With FindFocus he wants to help people to get rid of what he calls DigitalADD so they focus on the things that truly matter in life.

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