Many people spend a major portion of their day online and fatigue is inevitable if a break is not taken. We always intend on stopping, don’t we? We tell ourselves okay, just 30 more minutes and when we look at the clock it’s been four hours. There is a solution.
Take a Forced Break
There are several programs available that will either put your computer to sleep at a designated time or will set an alarm that you are *forced* to disable, thus making yourself manually recognize it’s time for a break. Studies vary, so I can’t be sure what the best break is, but I personally suggest a quick five minute computer-free break.
For Mac Users, I recommend the Dejal’s Time Out which dims your screen during the break rendering your computer useless.
For PC Users, I had a tough time finding a forced break that disables your computer, but I found an extremely effective alarm- all you do is tell the Online Clock to go off at your designated time and as you suspected, it sets off an audible alarm, so make sure your sound is at a tolerable level for the sound of an alarm clock.
What methods do you use to force yourself to step away from the computer?