While technology improves our lives, brings a wealth of information to our fingertips, and makes us insanely productive, it has also introduced more distractions than our brains can handle. We can write programs that automate mundane tasks and help us learn faster. The downside is that we are constantly barraged with notifications, alerts, and other techno-ruptions that are all vying for our attention. As a result, the switching costs of moving from task to task are high, and productivity goes down. Sometimes accomplishing a simple project that requires just a small amount of focus can seem like an insurmountable task. Have you ever reached the end of the day and wondered what you did all day? Do you find it difficult to start simple tasks?
Below is our collection of apps that can help you focus. While some technology can be distracting, these apps help you be more productive and get ____ done!
Freedom: Free yourself from distractions on our phone and computer. Whatever you vice, whether it’s Instagram, Facebook, games, internet, or specific websites, you can use freedom to block access so that you can focus on the task at hand.
Focusbooster: This app leverages the Pomodoro technique: a time management method where you use a timer to break down work into 25-minute intervals separated by short breaks. In addition, if you like to quantify everything- the app can track how long you spend on certain activities and tasks and generate reports.
Forest: Are you constantly looking at your phone and don’t know why? Ween yourself from phone addiction with this app. Plant a seed and watch a tree grow for the time you allot. If you can’t leave your phone alone for the given time, your tree dies! However, the more time you spend away from your phone, the more trees grow.
Blinkist: Do you enjoy learning, but don’t have the time to read everything? Blinkist is like the podcast version of Cliff’s notes. It’s a great way to sharpen your skills or learn something new every day! Each popular non-fiction book is condensed to its key takeaways in just 15 minutes. Perfect for your daily commute, or a mid-day break.
Noisli: Need to get in the zone but your office is either too quiet or too noisy? This app helps you stay focused and productive with ambient background noises. Try distraction-free and lyric-free music and background noise to get ____ done!