powerfocus

6. Power Focus for Apple: This is a countdown timer that aims to help users work in manageable chunks of time to beat procrastination and addiction to distraction apps. Features include customization of work session timer length, customization of regular & long break length, the ability to view daily & all-time completed work session stats, and interactive notifications (Continue, Pause, or Stop current timer). Users can use the intervals to get tasks done and give themselves a break in between tasks. [Price: Free]

rescuetime

7. RescueTime for Mac, PC, Linux and Chrome and Android: This app gives users a readout at the end of the day (and year if you opt for the $6 a month Pro version) of their web activities. The Android version provides automatic time tracking of mobile apps, reports voice call time, knows where web site time is spent, sets user-selected alerts and goals to manage digital life, flags milestones and highlight achievements, provides historical productivity reports to see progress, and has privacy options to choose what the user cares about. The app aims to help individuals and teams propagate good processes and eliminate bad habits. [Price: Free]

stayfocusd

8. StayFocusd for Chrome: This extension works in the reverse manner to Zero Willpower or Anti-Social. Rather than setting a period of time for which users can’t use the Internet, it allows them to set a period of time to indulge in time-wasting sites. Only want to give 60 minutes a day for Twitter, vanity Googling, and updating the Netflix queue? This is the app. [Price: Free]

writeroom

9. WriteRoom for Mac: a full screen writing environment meant to give users time to write without typical software distractions. Unlike the cluttered word processors users are used to, WriteRoom lets them focus on writing by the fast handling of large documents; live word count, reading time, and more; shift line up, down, left, and right commands; selection of word, sentence, and paragraph commands; by automatically logging writing sessions to a spreadsheet, etc. [Price: $6.99]

zerowillpower

10. Zero Willpower and Anti-Social for Apple: Zero Willpower is a simple native blocker for the web browser on iOS 9and lets the user block his/her own access to distracting websites of his/her choice. By default these are: 9gag.com, Facebook.com, Instagram.com, Reddit.com, Twitter.com, twitch.tv, vk.com, YouTube.com. Anti-Social is an app which blocks social media content from websites which includes widgets and popups to provides a clutter-free, fast browsing experience. The app works with Safari and blocks social widgets, with the added benefit of substantially decreasing web page loading time. Users can banish social networks like Facebook, Twitter, and Google+ from transmitting data about them after they leave those sites, even if the pages they visit has a social plugin. [Price: Both are $.99]

About the Author:

Meris Stansbury

Meris Stansbury is the Editorial Director for both eSchool News and eCampus News, and was formerly the Managing Editor of eCampus News. Before working at eSchool Media, Meris worked as an assistant editor for The World and I, an online curriculum publication. She graduated from Kenyon College in 2006 with a BA in English, and enjoys spending way too much time either reading or cooking.


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