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Regulating email use?

Asked by Jonathan_hodgkins (666points) July 19th, 2013

I have been checking my email to the detriment of other work and would love to figure out someway to curb this. Do you know of a program or website that will alert you to the amount of time you are online or that will make it a little more difficult to log into email by say, making you solve math questions?

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johnpowell's avatar

What Operating System are you using and do you use a Desktop client for email or a web-based client?

Jonathan_hodgkins's avatar

I am using Windows 7 and I use Gmail for email. I also need to clarify that this is for personal use.

johnpowell's avatar

If you use Firefox as a browser you can use something like this to block gmail during certain hours of the day. There is also a similare Chrome extension here.

Obviously you can simply disable these if you are desperate. But one could help.

tom_g's avatar

I second @johnpowell‘s suggestion of Stayfocusd in Chrome. Works great.

marinelife's avatar

Allow yourself to check it a certain number of times per day (say three) at specific times. In between, do not allow yourself to check it,

MollyMcGuire's avatar

Oh wow. You need to just find some self control. Not ‘something,’ just self control.

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