Monday, August 24, 2009

Okay, Everybody, Back to Work!

In an attempt to be part of the solution, as well as part of the problem, I want to post links to two shareware programs that temporarily block access to web browsers and other virtual time-wasters, so that you can concentrate on what you should be doing instead of reading this blog. A good friend recommends Freedom, which runs only on Macs. I've been using Temptation Blocker, a comparable program for Windows, and I'm pleased with the results so far.

Image credit: BBC News

1 comment:

Patrick S. O'Donnell said...

Very interesting!

Some folks might not realize that this is an exquisite example of "self-binding" mechanisms that Jon Elster first discussed in Ulysses and the Sirens (1984) and revisited in Ulysses Unbound: Studies in Rationality, Precommitment, and Constraints (2000). As he writes in the latter book, some individuals may want to restrict their freedom of choice, specifically, "they may want to protect themselves against passion, preference change, and (two varieties of) time-inconsistency. They do so by removing certain options from the feasible set, by making them more costly or available only with a delay, and by insulating themselves from knowledge about their existence."