4 Free Apps to Stop Being Distracted Online

4 Free Apps to Stop Being Distracted Online

We have all been there. I know I have. I sit down at my computer to start working on a project, and before I know it an hour has passed. I am lost in pictures on Facebook and reading articles online that have zilch to do with what I should really be doing. Thankfully, some smart people created free apps to help curtail that habit. Here are four free apps that may help you. Give them a try. You have nothing to lose, and only time to gain.

1. Rescue Time

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This app will help you audit your time online. I have been using this for years and it has really changed the way I view my habits. Simply install it on your desktop, and then on a weekly basis it will generate a report and tell you how you spend your time. It will break down your habits and give you a detailed report on how often you use different websites and applications on your desktop. By having a consistent report every week, I guilt myself into changing my habits. Guilt can be a powerful motivator.

2. Noisli

This web-based app generates background sounds to boost creativity and performance. Studies have shown that listening to ambient noise can increase scores on creativity-based tests. The best part about Noisli? You can mix and match from a plethora of sound options and create playlists. Noisli also has a timer, which is a great productivity hack that will be explained below.

3. The Timer on Your iPhone

Every iPhone comes with a built-in timer in the Clock app. You can also download timer apps on your phone or use web-based ones such as Noisli. The way to use a timer is to create a rewards based system to pavlov your way to productivity. Time yourself to work for a predetermined amount of time, and at the end of it, give yourself another set of time to goof off and do whatever you'd like to online. My recommendation is to start with a burst of  30 minutes of work time and reward yourself with 10 minutes of goof off time. After doing this for a few days, you will notice that you don't use your rewards as much because you get into the zone of work flow.

4. Freedom

This is another app to help you block websites and apps. This can be installed on your iPhone and iPad . Great for when your iPhone has become a source of distraction.

Do you have any apps or tricks that you use to stay focused? Tell me in the comments below.

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Supriya is a mom, a geek, and a self-proclaimed tea aficionado. She has traveled to 25 countries—mostly during her six years in the U.S. Army. Her current stomping grounds are in Princeton, NJ. She holds an M.S. in Communications from Columbia University and is a freelance writer and meditation teacher.