Shut down your computer automatically at bedtime

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I prefer to go to bed at a decent hour, like 10 or 11 pm (that’s a decent hour for me). But for some reason, I just can’t seem to do it. I will be working on the computer, doing some research or writing for work, and I will plan to go to bed. But I don’t feel like going to bed. And before you know it, it’s midnight or 1 am and I finally shut off the computer.

The next morning I hate the fact that I stayed up too late, and I tell myself how stupid that was, and I vow to go to bed earlier that night. But the same thing happens. After about 11 I am not really even that productive.

Well, those days are behind me now. I have harnessed the power of the Self Imposed Deadline.

I know that if I want to be in bed by 11 pm, I have to get off the computer by about 10:45 pm. So now, every night at [10:45], a little window appears in the middle of my computer screen saying:


And the computer really does shut down. If I have any windows open or programs running, they are closed.

Actually, the computer only restarts because I leave it on overnight. But because of the fact that I know it will be shutting down everything and restarting, I am aware of the clock and how close it is getting to 10:45 pm. If I have anything that needs to get done, I make sure it is done by then. And when the warning window appears, I leave the computer and go to bed.

Just a silly mind trick? Maybe. I just know it works for me. If you want to use the program, it is available free here. You can schedule your computer to shut down restart, hibernate, etc. at a given time each day.

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