How often has it been that a quick visit to Facebook took almost an hour and your search for that one needed item transformed into one big shopping binge through the internet. I can assure you that the above has happened to me and not just once. And I know very well, just like you, that I am not the only one.
Procrastination is not something you must have planned on. It just happens. And with social media getting cooler and far advancer with time, blaming oneself completely, does not seem fair either.
However, work is important (you know the Rozi-roti part) and you just cannot shirk it. Therefore it is your duty (more like need) to ensure that your work gets done and in time. And to accomplish that, it’s best that you do something more than depending on your will power, like getting yourself some digital distraction barring app. Technology creates the problem, technology solves it. How cool!
If the idea interests you, catch up with some cool apps that can keep you on track and your work going by keeping you off the digital distractions, here–
Coming as a part of the Promodoro timer, Focus Booster functions on Windows, Mac and web. Once you begin using Focus Booster, it runs Promodoro sessions which get recorded in the form of timesheets. These timesheets contains details of the work you have done in the day, clients you have worked for and the time taken by you to do that. It thus keeps a track of your productivity level each day to help fight distractions and motivate you further.
What makes StayFocusd, a browser extension, different from other blockers is that it allows the user to set specific blocking time periods for particular website. This means, if you feel that Facebook eats up most of your time and you want to limit it one hour a day, you can do that. You cannot extend your time once it is up.
If you feel that you need some serious controlling, try its “Nuclear option”.
A popular tool for keeping distractions away, RescueTime works both for you mobile device and your computer, keeping track of the applications and website you visit, all the time. The efficiency displayed by this tool in keeping your distractions away might surprise you. It not only allows you to set you daily goals every day, but also provides you detailed reports of the time you spent throughout.
In the end it even analyzes your report and present a productivity score.
Another cool Google chrome extension, Simple Blocker is more like your amicable friend. It allows you to block the websites of your choice and for as long a time period as you want. Here you even enjoy the freedom to lessen, extend or shut off the timer.
To make the blocker a bit tougher and hence more helpful towards achieving your goal, you can even set a password to your timer.