Although we’d all like to have such a high degree of self-control that we don’t need any external aids to keep ourselves focused and present when using technology, in practice we can all use a little help. There are a variety of apps you can use to resist technological temptation by making it impossible (or at least very difficult) to succumb to that temptation. Some good examples are:
- Focus: Blocks distracting websites, such as Facebook, YouTube, and Reddit. Can also block apps. Lets you pick what to block and for how long.
- Isolator: While working on a document, covers up the Dock, desktop, desktop icons, and windows of all other apps. Although it doesn’t prevent you from switching to other apps, it does reduce the temptation.
- Focus Me: Blocks distracting web sites and apps of your choice. Can schedule blocking sessions, e.g., daily from 9am-5pm. Has built-in Pomodoro timer. Supports browsers including Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer, Opera, and Safari.
There’s no shame in needing a little nudge to keep yourself on track. Try one of these distraction blockers and let us know what you think.