A few years ago, I was in a vicious cycle of procrastination. I had just started working from home and had deadlines to meet for an important project. It was a real struggle. The same struggle that plagued me all through University.
No matter what I tried, I just couldn’t get on task. My favourite way to distract myself was playing multiplayer games and browsing social media. My work was slipping, and I was becoming desperate to break my bad habits for fear that I would otherwise lose my job.
After trying almost every way to keep myself on track and failing, I had realized I needed a way of blocking myself outright and began looking for software to help. The excitement of finally finding a tool that promised to block my temptations was quickly overturned by realizing how easy it was to disable and bypass.
It was as if I had two conflicting personas, one that knew what I truly wanted and what it would take to get there and the other that feared change and success and would lure me back to where I was comfortable, “procrastinating”. With the deadline looming over me I was defeated, back at square one and back to the drawing board.
As a last-ditch effort I decided to try and create an extension for the software that could stop me from by-passing it and after a few days of tireless coding it was time to try it on myself. I was anxious because I had just spent precious time working on a solution that could ultimately fail like everything else I had tried…
To both my surprise and relief, it worked! I was finally able to set and stick to blocking my online distractions, but what I didn’t realize at the time was just how well it would work for my future. Since I was unable to give into temptations, I spent more time working on my priorities. With time, I felt my focus beginning to improve.
This solution transformed my life and I can honestly say that because of it, I reached new levels of success in my career.
Over time I wanted more features, so I built my extension into a standalone application. Since it worked so well for me, I decided to share it with the world. It was 2010 and I had created a small website called distractionblocker.com (at the time a single HTML webpage with a PayPal buy now button).
I began making some sales and receiving feedback. This was a turning point in my life because it made me realize I could have a positive impact on people’s lives. People that were going through the same struggles as me. I knew I could help a lot more people change their lives if I was able to commit more resources to improving the product and get the word out to more people.
This is why I founded FocusMe.
It is our mission to use the science of habit formation and pre-commitment to fight distractions and give back control of your time, empowering you to achieve your dreams