Sometimes in very stressful situations, I have this habit of entering into a phase of denial where I immerse myself in various forms of distraction (like Tumblr, blogs, fanfiction, movies and books) in an effort to convince myself that, “Everything is fine in the world and my life is great and nothing is wrong!!!”, because when I start dwelling on all my to-do’s, my future, or school in general, I start forgetting to breathe and I get anxiety attacks and my back starts to ache and sleep never comes and—it’s just absolutely dreadful.
In short: I’m beginning to realize how badly I cope under stress. Which is, haha, not very good because isn’t that an essential skill I need in life? And my future?
With university deadlines looming just around the bend, this is really not the time for me to run off into my little hidey hole and ignore my teetering pile of work.
So I’ve decided to take matters into my own hands by installing lots of apps and browser add-ons to limit my time on these sites.
I’ve now rearranged my iPod Touch to look like so:
As you can see here, my iPod looks so much uglier now. But besides that, I’ve pretty much separated all my “productivity” and “distraction” apps into their own folders to force myself to consciously think before I tap an app.
Here I have: Sleep Cycle, Simplenote, TeuxDeux, and Streaks. All are paid apps, except for Simplenote, which is simply (heh) a note-taking app that syncs online so that your notes never disappear!
For Chrome and Firefox, I use StayFocused and Leechblock respectively to stop myself from accessing certain URL’s, such as tumblr.com/dashboard or google.com/reader. The great thing about both is that they let you assign specific dates/times to block these sites.
Both are equally useful and, as you can imagine, very frustrating.
But enough of this. Back to work!