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Protecting Yourself Against Yourself: Blocking Apps for Focus

Protecting Yourself Against Yourself: Blocking Apps for Focus

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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.

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