Keeping myself on task is probably a hard job to do me. My wandering skills are just as fast, even without any distractions. I could only imagine if they were, then nothing will ever get done. When I was a student, the studying need to happen right before the test or after it was assigned because it was already gone in my mind. The content always needed to be fresh otherwise, lost in the sea of all my thoughts.
And let’s not even begin with procrastination, or shall I say my best friend. It loves me when I like to get comfortable because when I’m relaxed, watch me struggle to do anything. There has to be some way to get out of the cycle of disconnect. I needed to find a way to motivate and hold myself accountable.
As I’ve realized throughout my years of employment is that I’m a really hard worker. Only if I have someone telling me to get, it done. When you’re doing alot of tasks on your own as self-employed or even cleaning your home, no one is there say alright time to mop, and you have 30 minutes to finish. How can I push the couch potato out of me? Get the focus to finish one thing?
So as when I ask myself anything, I do a little Googling, lol. I came across many YouTube videos on productivity for inspiration and apps to create focus. As I researched it more, there were like a ton of them. Many are for the cell phone but also PC. Listed below are most of the apps I did find that help you maintain your focus. I went ahead and labeled them by the device to help save time. Get ready to get stuff checked off your list! Download and get focused!
Focus Music Applications
Music for the brain to help you focus or get a good night’s rest. The music is developed from different aspects or results of behavior. After running tests and experiments, the music is more purposeful. Music that keeps you focused and doesn’t distract.
(Android / iPhone/iOs/ Web)
Music is scientifically designed for focusing instead of getting you in the groove. The playlists are created by professional music producers, musicologist, and scientists. The music can help you control your ADD, limit distractions, and help you maintain your focus. There are several genres of music to choose from that range from relaxed to more uptempo. You can track your productivity by using the timer and rating your session at the end.
(Android, iPhone, iOS, Web)
Tracking and Focus Maintenance
RescueTime is the most amazing software you can download to your phone or PC. Everything that you need to keep you focus all in one place. You can track where you spend most of your time and what time is being wasted. RescueTime does the tracking automatically for you and sends detailed reports. Use the reports to get insight and create goals based on your results. When you’re not online, you will get a prompt from RescueTime to record your offline activities. Now you can have a complete overview of your day.
There’s also an additional feature called FocusTime to add to increasing your productivity. Create a time block to focus by setting limits and enjoy distraction-free work with website Blockers. Schedule ahead of time in your calendar for a productive week. There is a free trial to try, but the premium definitely comes at a cost. All the features and information surely makes up for it.
(Android/ iPhone/ Web)
It is another time tracking that helps you get an idea of where your time is going. If you’re wondering how to get detailed information on your time that has been spent, try the Toggl track. There are also easy scheduling tools to make the most out of your productivity. Toggl track is also free to try, which is a plus since there are other similar apps.
Getting all the stuff done!
It is an app free to download on your phone that acts like a task manager. If you’re a list maker, this app is surely for you. The benefits include the ability to sort tasks by priority and tags. How awesome now that should limit the unnecessary brain activity. And additional features include setting due dates, nice reminders in case you forget, like me. You can also track your progress and collaborate with others. Great communication works wonders.
Why should you not have fun and working hard? Habitica turns consistent habits to-dos into gamification. You create your own custom avatar, and as you complete tasks, it earns you features. Add to your avatar and or level up and fight against monsters. Join other players in battles but remember you earn your strength from keeping up with your habits. Sign up for Habitica; if you definitely a gamer is very competitive and has some habits, you need to start today! Boost productivity by developing good habits.
Anyone can turn off notifications and leave it at that, but what stops you from crawling back to the void of social media. This is when you need a blocker. If you need some serious discipline, taking a step further by completely blocking websites forces you to focus.
Cold Turkey blocker is an application you can download on your PC or Mac to block distracting sites like Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube. It also blocks or set time limits on a slot of other sites that you would consider a distraction. What would even help if you focus more on a project is if it weren’t an online period. Cold Turkey Blocker can also use blocker your internet and computer screen time. It has a both free and paid version with additional locking features
It is a chrome extension you can download to you Google chrome. It has a gentler approach to keep you from mindlessly browsing. You make a list of sites and things that you prefer to be focused on. If you start to troll on social media, it will pop up a message with pretty photos asking you if you want to spend time on that website? If you agree, it will remind you in 10 minutes. I think this is good because, most likely, in ten minutes, you would have changed your mind. Mindful Browsing doesn’t track productivity or block you from sites, but it’s still a great tool.
An app you can download to block distracting websites easily and like social media. Download it on your phone or desktop and journey on your way to the work zone. It allows you to block websites and even the internet if needed. Create blocking time schedules in advance, block out daily or weekly sessions. Freedom allows you to most of your time wisely. One of its features is that you can sync this app between all your devices. Set time limits and lists of blocking sites and get started.
(Android/ iPhone/ Web)
It is another free Chrome extension you can download and use as a focusing tool. It blocks you from wasting time on sites that can be a distraction. You can easily set times or days allotted for when you need to focus or if you can afford a little distraction. Some other features Stayfocusd has more blocking abilities than some other blockers. You can block entire websites, subdomains, and kinds of content on domains such as videos. To really test your productivity, this tool also has a required challenge feature, which then you would complete a challenge before making any different changes to your previous settings. Now, how’s that for staying focused! Literally!
Did you ever think you would be doing something good for the planet and being productive? Forest uses your productivity time to plant a tree virtually. Alongside that, with its partnership with Trees of the Future, you can actually help plant some real trees. Unbelievable, right?! Feel like I’m contributing to our world right now by getting to work. When you’re ready to work, plant a seed and set the timer. The Forest app will show as a screensaver allowing your tree to grow as you are focusing. If you somehow exit the app, the tree will begin to die. It does cost a small amount to use this app for 1.99 but think of all the forests you can be planting right now.
Did this make your brain hurt, ready for all this information? I know mines was like, whoa…there are alot of apps, then I just picked one that suited me better. I tried a few; some helped, some didn’t, but I want you to make that decision on your own. If it’s one thing I know, everyone maintains knowledge in their own way, and I’m sure focusing is right up there. Getting focused is going to happen if it’s the last thing we do!! lol