I’m reading the 4 Hour Workweek by Timothy Ferriss for the second time. If you haven’t read it yet, I suggest you borrow it from your local library (as I’ve done) or purchase a copy. I’ve borrowed it twice from the library and think it’s time for me to purchase my own copy.
What I like about the book is that it’s not all theory. I’ve read my share of positive motivational books (and will continue to do so), but what I like about this book is that Timothy Ferriss provides hands on examples and resources. One of the resources mentioned in the book that caused me to put the book down, walk over to my computer and download the plugin was the time productivity tool LeechBlock.
Of all the hours I spend online, I work for about 2 to 3 hours a day and the remainder of the time online is spent checking stats, roaming around forums, checking my earnings and the like. Although an outsider looking in may think I’m actually working, but I’m not.
As an insider looking out, I realize I’ve developed a few serious time wasting habits. My ultimate goal is to create a respectable residual income flow and spend as little time online as possible making it happen. My less than productive habit of constant stat checking does not add to my financial bottom line.
LeechBlock is a Firefox plugin that can be configured to prevent me from playing around on time wasting sites. I’ve configured LeechBlock to stop me from visiting StatCounter, Google Analytics, Google AdSense, a few forums and a few other time wasters from the hours of 6:00 AM to 8:00 PM (I give myself an hour’s break between 12:30 and 1:30). It’s not that I’m on the computer for that many hours, but from time to time I’ll walk by the computer and the computer’s magnet draws me in to check my stats (I’m sure you guys have felt the computer magnet’s attraction).
There are several configuration options with Leech Blocker. So far I’ve only managed to configure it for my biggest time wasters. Once I get a good handle on the plugin, I’m sure I’ll “discover” other uses for it.
Give LeechBlock a Shot
It doesn’t work on IE and I’m not so sure about Chrome, but since I use Firefox it works just fine. This week will be the first week of using LeechBlock. I fully expect to be so much more productive whether it’s online or off. Let’s face it, if I’m not wasting time checking my stats, I’ll either write more, get more things done around the house or spend more time harassing my family.