I’ve previously written on how to track your computer time and how to block time stealing websites such as Facebook, YouTube and Twitter based on the opinion that we all should spend less time in front of our computers.
The next step is to avoid late nights and get better sleep by turning off your computer at least one hour before bedtime. Unfortunately it’s easy to lose track of time when talking with a friend, studying or reading this blog. Therefore I’m using Apples built in application to force the computer to turn off at a specific time – and thereby making sure I keep my good habits by giving me a full night of sleep. You can’t maintain good habits if you lack the energy needed.
How it works
When the clock turns 23:00 I get a popup window saying that the computer will turn off and I’ve got 10 minutes to finish and save whatever I’m doing. Obviously there’ll be occasions when I need to use the computer and therefore it’s possible to click Cancel. But what’s great with the popup is that you start to think – is this really productive? Do I need to do this or am I done for today?
9 out of 10 times it probably isn’t and you’ll hit the Shut Down button.
How to implement it
What’s best is that it only takes a few seconds to implement it. Open System Preferences -> Energy Saver -> Schedule and you’ll find the following:
You can choose a time and which days you want to implement it on. Personally I prefer to have the same routines and recommend that you do so as well. It makes it easier to continue your good routines if you don’t break them regularly.
Got your own productivity tips for Mac? Please – share it and I’ll link to you.