I read a quote once that stated “Facebook: Procrastination at its very best”. I think this also includes sites such as MySpace, Twitter, and other social networks that lures you into their network of comments, blogs, media, and applications, before you realize that hours passed by and your work isn’t done. Then I found Leechblock. (this is an addon for the Firefox browser).
Leechblock allows me to add the web sites that waste my time to a list for blocking. More importantly, it blocks those sites during time periods that I intend to do my writing. Now when I see that the site is blocked, it reminds me that I need to focus on writing and other projects, and to forget about the distractive sites. I can even set my work hours as I need them, allowing my lunch hour to goof as much as I want.
I haven’t found any addons for Internet Explorer that does this very thing, although you can block sites with IE. Unfortunately, you can’t block them within windows of time increments. If anyone knows of any, please let me know.