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Online tools to help you stay focused



Staying focused on one task while using your computer is little difficult since there are a lot of tempting, interesting but distracting things on the internet.
Each time you open your laptop, you find yourself sneaking out of the current project you are working on to update your status on facebook, check for trending topics on twitter, check email notifications, play a game or say yes to instant pop-ups, shifting between apps, read articles on Quora or Medium, stalk your favorite celebrities, etc. These are some of the distractions we tend to succumb to while using a computer with an internet connection.
I have conducted a proper research to help myself and other people who are trying to stay focused when working on something important.
Here, is a list of 20 online tools to help you stay focused and for better time management.
This Google chrome extension appears first when you open your Google chrome browser. You can add your to-do list at the bottom corner by the right. It serves as a reminder since it appears first every time you open a new tab.
Another Google chrome extension that gives you the opportunity to limit the time you spend on time-wasting websites.
It is a free app that allows you set your focus time, for example, 90 minutes and you decide which distracting websites (facebook, twitter, Digg, etc.) to block during that set period. When you set the time, you must stick to it. You cannot undo it even if you reboot your system until the time elapses. Try freedom, it is a similar app that works on all devices.
This works with the Pomodoro technique; a time management technique developed by Francesco Cirillo. It allows your work on a single task for 25 minutes the give yourself a 5 minutes break.
This gives you the opportunity to block all distracting websites like twitter, Digg, Reddit, YouTube, Facebook, etc for a set period of time. Unlike self-control, you can undo the timing if you want to sneak out.
For Firefox users. It is not very different from Stay focused.
This app uses the Pomodoro technique.
If you are a writer, this is good for you. It helps you unleash the productivity in you by creating a distraction-free writing environment.
This is a Google chrome extension that helps you concentrate by blocking websites for a period of time. When the time is over, It will unblock these sites and give you a break.
Tracks everything you are doing on your computer and gives you a sort of analysis on how much time you spend on a particular task.
This gives you the opportunity to write down your to-do list for the day. It brings up one task at a time and when you are done, you click the done button.
Some people doze off while working in an extremely quite environment. Soundrown provides relaxing sounds (non-lyrical) like the sound of waves, raindrops, crickets, etc.
30/30: This app allows you to set a list of task and the length of time to complete each task.
Check out these tools too.


Izuzu Nworgu • May 11, 2016

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  1. Jamie August 27, 2016 - 11:36 am Reply

    Awesome tips! I’m going to bectrying some of these out!

    • Izuzu Nworgu August 28, 2016 - 4:37 pm Reply

      Thank you, Jamie.

  2. Sarah from Lavender Life August 27, 2016 - 9:54 pm Reply

    This is interesting! I’m definitely going to try the one that adds a todo list in google chrome. Right now I’m just filling my screen with post-its, which isn’t really convenient.

    • Izuzu Nworgu August 28, 2016 - 4:26 pm Reply

      I love the google chrome extensions, especially momentum. I use it virtually all the time and so far, it has helped me a lot.
      Thanks for reading.

  3. Thirty30Courtney August 28, 2016 - 6:03 am Reply

    I SO need this! Thank you so much for sharing. I will definitely try some of these out in September.

    • Izuzu Nworgu August 28, 2016 - 4:33 pm Reply

      Hello, they’re definitely worth trying and I’m sure you’ll like some of them. I’m glad you found this post helpful.

  4. Sondra Barker August 31, 2016 - 2:19 am Reply

    I had no idea any of these extensions and things existed! I’ll definitely be trying out one of these, thank you!

    • Izuzu Nworgu August 31, 2016 - 11:07 pm Reply

      That’s okay. There’s always a first time for everything.
      Do let us know if you find them helpful or not. But I’m pretty sure you’ll like some of them.

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