If you’re anything like the language translators we know, you are bombarded by distractions all day long. Distractions come in many forms, but none is more insidious and time swallowing than the Internet. If you lack the discipline to keep your Internet browser locked away while you translate, we’ve got four apps that will help keep you on the straight and narrow.
Procrastination Nation: 4 Remedies for Language Translators
Freedom seems a rather ironic name for an app that locks your PC or MAC away from the Internet for up to eight hours a day, doesn’t it? Nonetheless, this little app has the blessing of writers that include Zadie Smith, Naomi Klein, Miranda July, Nick Hornby and others. Should language translators experience an emergency or feel an uncontrollable urge to cheat their Internet detox, they can always reboot to disable this $10 app.
SelfControl is a free Mac OS X (10.5 or above) app that allows language translators to block websites, mail servers, or anything else on the Internet. Simply set the period of time to block, add sites to your blacklist, and click "Start." But keep in mind that you won’t be able to cheat like you can with Freedom. Once you’ve set the time, it can’t be disabled.
Disabling the Internet entirely feels a bit drastic? Then Anti-Social may be your best Internet anodyne. For $15, this Mac app will only block the websites of your choosing. Set Anti-Social blocks for as little as 15 minutes—or as many as eight hours—but don’t expect to cheat once you’ve set your time. Like SelfControl, this app can’t be turned off.
If you’re a language translator who prefers to be shamed into reformation, go with Rescue Time. This app automatically records the amount of time you spend on websites and apps; then it groups data into a digestible report so you can see what you’ve been doing all day. You can also set goals and Rescue Time will show you how close you are to meeting them. You can download the app for free with limited features.
If you’re looking for other ways to reform your procrastination habits, check out our other blogs, Write Room: A Distraction-Free Writing App for Language Translators, 5 Time Management Tips Every Freelance Translator Should Know and 5 More Time Management Secrets for Translators.