As one who works in the web world all day long, I find myself drifting off the assigned tasks for the day. It’s very easy to get distracted while I go about my work day. I thought, perhaps I am not the only person who struggles with distraction.
Avoiding distractions is utterly essential to your success, but that little device in your pocket… yea, that one. You know the one with the pretty glittery case, the screen, the apps and the notifications… that thing is hungry, and all it eats is YOUR ATTENTION.
When you’re scrolling through a Facebook feed or half-a-dozen videos deep into an unanticipated YouTube binge, do you know what’s happening?
Well, I’ll tell you what’s NOT happening: your business isn’t growing and your projects AREN’T getting done. It’s not just your smartphone, it’s Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter and Youtube. All are major distracting time sucks.
When you need to block these distractions and focus, however, you can turn to some apps for help.
Apps that help people focus work in a variety of ways. Some are browser extensions that block you from seeing certain websites. Others are desktop apps that hide from view anything except the active window. Some apps gently nudge you from bad behavior while others aggressively stop you from going down a rabbit hole. Which apps you choose to use will largely depend on how strict you want them to be.
As hard as it might be to avoid every kind of distraction, at least we have tools that give us a boost when our willpower starts to waver. Try one of these distraction-busting tools and get back to doing what matters.
The 10 Best Apps to Help You Focus and Block Distractions
- Brain.fm (Android, iOS, Web) for focus-boosting soundtracks
- Cold Turkey Blocker (macOS, Windows) for locking yourself out your computer
- Focus@Will (Android, iOS, Web) for lyric-free audio and tracking your productivity
- Hocus Focus for viewing one window at a time on a Mac
- Freedom (Chrome, Firefox, iOS, macOS, Opera, Windows) for blocking anything you want, anywhere you want
- LeechBlock (Chrome, Firefox) for using timers to block or allow website access
- Mindful Browsing (Chrome) for gentle nudges away from time-wasting sites
- RescueTime (Android, iOS, Linux, macOS, Web, Windows) for tracking productivity and blocking distracting sites
- Self Control (macOS) for free focus app for Mac
- StayFocusd (Chrome) for blocking sites in Chrome
If Apps sound like a little more than what you are willing to commit to, then here’s a hack that I often use. I go into my calendar, and I set reminders every hour. I will get up, walk around a little, then settle back down with my job board and get refocused.
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