Tynan has written a couple of times about the habit of shutting down your computer at a certain time everyday. I imagine that a bunch of you - like me - thought about this and decided to start this habit, but regularly find yourself still behind your computer WAY beyond your shutdown time.
Since half a year ago, this never unintentionally happens to me anymore. This is because my computer turns off by itself at my time limit, whether I think about it or not.
So, how does this work? You can use windows task scheduler (this is already installed in your windows PC) to shut down your computer at any time you would like to schedule, whether this is every night, later on weekend days, or only on the second sunday in the month.
Here are tutorials for setting it up:
Mac and Linux probably have a similiar function, or you can install a program that does this for you.
Set this up! It takes 5 minutes to do, and you more than earn it back on the first night you otherwise would have been behind your computer later than you want. If you already succeed in shutting your computer down, this will at least save you effort.
Here's the link for how to do it on a mac. Took me 2 seconds. Thanks for this!
This won't quite be the Apple bashing that people probably expect. To start off, I don't hate Apple. I think that they're a spectacular company that does a lot of very smart things. I think that they build relatively high quality products and do a good job of supporting them.
Even if I don't buy any of their products, I'm glad that Apple is around. They're responsible for pushing forward a lot of technologies that are later adapted and improved on by companies I do buy things from.
I also think that Apple makes the right product for a lot of people, maybe even you. An iPod is probably the right music player for more people than any other music player. The average consumer will probably do better with a Mac laptop than the average PC laptop.
So you've removed your distractions and figured out how to maintain focus. You've a set of good habits you'd like to being implementing. Well firstly, read this. Don't jump head first into habits you've never gone through before. You're expectations will be too high and sadly, you'll likely fail. Patience is a virtue.
So, after you've chosen the habit you'd like to begin with, here are some tools to help keep you focused on those good habits.