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Web Spy: KeepMeOut

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Does this scenario sound familiar to you?  You have a 20-page research paper due in just a few days, and you haven’t even started it yet.  You can’t help it, there’s just too much going on in your life!  Between the frat party, roommate dinner, and football game you attended over the weekend, there just wasn’t any time.  And tonight’s Pint Night… and tomorrow your favorite show is on.  You keep telling yourself you have to get started on it, but every time you sit down at your desk and open your laptop, you keep getting distracted.  I’m sure it does–college students are masters of the art of procrastination.

I’m just as guilty as the rest of you when it comes to procrastinating — I don’t think I’ve ever started a paper more than a day or two before it was due — but it’s definitely a habit I’d like to break.  Eventually.

KeepMeOut is the first step towards helping you kick your procrastination habit.  It’s simple: all you do is type the address of a website you visit too often and how often you want to be reminded to stay off of it (for example, visiting Facebook more than once an hour).  Then, replace your existing bookmark for the site with the new link KeepMeOut provides you with.  From now on, every time you try to access that site more often than the interval you chose, you’ll get a message from KeepMeOut instead, telling you to wait another 59 minutes until trying to log on again.

Sure, it’s annoying at first not to be able to constantly check on your crush’s status updates, but it pretty much forces you to do something else with your time instead–like get started on that paper!  Right after you finish watching that YouTube video your roommate sent you, of course.

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    1. what an awesome idea!!

      so i've have to add facebook, all my email accounts and my google reader to this!!

      i think i might- genius!!

      Charlotte xxx

    2. Dani says:

      So handy! I just added all my sites that keep me from my work, including you guys lol

    3. Grady says:

      That reminds me of 'Self Control' which is a Mac application that I LOVE. It basically does the same thing, but it makes it entirely impossible to access that website.

      It's perfection for finals papers.

    4. patty says:

      i couldn't make it work :(

      HELP!

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    10. Liv says:

      I'm afraid that if I'd try this I'd spend just as much time procrastinating trying to find out how to remove the program again.. I'm that addicted :)

      1. Maz says:

        Hahaha, I so would wood!

      2. Maz says:

        would too, even :p

    11. Gigi says:

      This did nothing for me. It does nothing if you don't use bookmarks. I always write out facebook.com rather than using a bookmark. So the Self control app for mac was far superior. I just used it for 7 hours and it was impossible to circumvent! Perfect. Back to setting it for another seven hours.

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    14. exceltasks says:

      This only works with bookmarks. iFreeFace for the PC http://www.ifreeface.com doesn't need these, and is for students to block distractions and improve concentration.

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