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Mindful Computing

Heard of this?  Stillness Buddy.  Designed for those who find themselves jumping from one thing to another on the computer without a second’s break or breath.  From the site:

Stillness Buddy works by displaying on your desktop screen, short “moments of stillness” and longer “mindfulness pauses,” spread out during the day. These breaks are very brief so they don’t interfere with your work. You choose their duration and frequency to suit your preferences and schedule.

The program comes in four versions:  Original, Stress Reduction, Barry Long, and Thich Nhat Hanh.  Pick your flavor.

 

Another way to go:  Leechblock.   The Firefox add-on limits your ability to get to sites beyond a set amount of visits or minutes in an hour or day:

You can specify up to six sets of sites to block, with different times and days for each set. You can block sites within fixed time periods (e.g., between 9am and 5pm), after a time limit (e.g., 10 minutes in every hour), or with a combination of time periods and time limit (e.g., 10 minutes in every hour between 9am and 5pm).

So, if you’re checking Facebook over and over and over and over and want to cut down to just over and over, Leechblock’s there to help.  If there aren’t already many other versions of the same available, I’m sure they’re on their way…

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Posted by Will Baum, LCSW