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10 Online Apps for Better Focus

10 Online Apps for Better Focus

One area that many people currently struggle with is staying focused while working. There are so many distractions available that it can be difficult to keep your attention on the task at hand. Social media and other online pursuits can make it even harder to finish your tasks and do a great job. There are free apps that can help you have better focus. Here are 10 online apps that will help you to improve your mental focus.

1. StayFocused

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    Official: StayFocused

    This online app is available for Chrome users. You will install it as an extension of Chrome. When you do you will select the websites that are your biggest time wasters and set the amount of time you are allowed on these sites during the day. Once you use up your time allotment, those sites will be blocked so you can concentrate on working.

    2. LazyMeter

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      This is an online to-do list that allows you to track your progress and cross off items. It has a graphic interface that makes it easier to see how you are doing on reaching your daily goals. Since it is online, you can access from your mobile device or your computer, which means you do not need to worry about transferring your to-do list between devices.

      3. Wunderlist

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        This is another online to-do list that allows you to create and track your to-do list. It allows you to schedule tasks in advance and to divide the tasks between areas of your life. If you embrace this to-do list, you will never again be frantically wondering if you have forgotten to do something, which will increase your ability to focus on the tasks at hand.

        4. LeechBlock

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          This is an add-on for Firefox that is similar to stay focused. It allows you to choose which sites you need to block as well as when and how long you need to block them to stay focused on your job. This can be really helpful especially if you easily fall prey to Reddit or a similar site where you can spend hours sifting through the posts.

          5. Lumosity

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            Official: Lumosity

            If you feel like your attention span is shrinking and that you do not have the memory that you used to, you should consider signing up for online brain games that are designed to help you improve your mental focus. Lumosity is one game that is designed to help you improve your brain function as you play every day. This game is a like a personal trainer for your brain.

            6. Fit Brains

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              Fit Brains is another brain training site that will help you identify the areas that you can work to improve. This site will help you with your mental focus and your attention span. It will also identify the areas that you need to work on the most and will help with memory, logic, and concentration as well as other areas.

              7. Self Control

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                This free app is a great way to really focus on the task at hand. It blocks service to incoming and outgoing servers for the amount of time you set. This is great if you have a tight deadline or you need to block the Internet while you work on your projects during the day.

                8. Focus Booster

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                  This is another free app that works to help you improve your focus while you are working. It uses the Pomodoro technique to help you maintain the focus. This technique has you work in twenty-five minute increments with a five-minute break between each. After four sessions, you should take a longer break. This app consists of a timer that you can use to help you time and schedule your breaks.

                  9. Anti- Social

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                    Official: Anti- Social

                    This app is designed to block all of the social networking sites from your computer. You can customize your list so that you it fits your needs. Additionally, you can set the timer for how long you want the sites blocked. This is a great tool if you have a hard time saying no to Facebook, or you feel like you need to check your Twitter account constantly.

                    10. Concentrate

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                      Official: Concentrate

                      This is a task-centered app that allows you to block certain websites and applications based on the tasks that you are doing. This means that if you need to work on social media, you can have certain sites available while blocking the sites that are distracting you. This is very customizable and will work well if you have a number of different types of tasks that you do for your job.

                       

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                      8 Replacements for Google Notebook

                      8 Replacements for Google Notebook

                      Exploring alternatives to Google Notebook? There are more than a few ‘notebooks’ available online these days, although choosing the right one will likely depend on just what you use Google Notebook for.

                      1. Zoho Notebook
                        If you want to stick with something as close to Google Notebook as possible, Zoho Notebook may just be your best bet. The user interface has some significant changes, but in general, Zoho Notebook has pretty similar features. There is even a Firefox plugin that allows you to highlight content and drop it into your Notebook. You can go a bit further, though, dropping in any spreadsheets or documents you have in Zoho, as well as some applications and all websites — to the point that you can control a desktop remotely if you pare it with something like Zoho Meeting.
                      2. Evernote
                        The features that Evernote brings to the table are pretty great. In addition to allowing you to capture parts of a website, Evernote has a desktop search tool mobil versions (iPhone and Windows Mobile). It even has an API, if you’ve got any features in mind not currently available. Evernote offers 40 MB for free accounts — if you’ll need more, the premium version is priced at $5 per month or $45 per year. Encryption, size and whether you’ll see ads seem to be the main differences between the free and premium versions.
                      3. Net Notes
                        If the major allure for Google Notebooks lays in the Firefox extension, Net Notes might be a good alternative. It’s a Firefox extension that allows you to save notes on websites in your bookmarks. You can toggle the Net Notes sidebar and access your notes as you browse. You can also tag websites. Net Notes works with Mozilla Weave if you need to access your notes from multiple computers.
                      4. i-Lighter
                        You can highlight and save information from any website while you’re browsing with i-Lighter. You can also add notes to your i-Lighted information, as well as email it or send the information to be posted to your blog or Twitter account. Your notes are saved in a notebook on your computer — but they’re also synchronized to the iLighter website. You can log in to the site from any computer.
                      5. Clipmarks
                        For those browsers interested in sharing what they find with others, Clipmarks provides a tool to select clips of text, images and video and share them with friends. You can easily syndicate your finds to a whole list of sites such as Facebook, Twitter and Digg. You can also easily review your past clips and use them as references through Clipmarks’ website.
                      6. UberNote
                        If you can think of a way to send notes to UberNote, it can handle it. You can clip material while browsing, email, IM, text message or even visit the UberNote sites to add notes to the information you have saved. You can organize your notes, tag them and even add checkboxes if you want to turn a note into some sort of task list. You can drag and drop information between notes in order to manage them.
                      7. iLeonardo
                        iLeonardo treats research as a social concern. You can create a notebook on iLeonardo on a particular topic, collecting information online. You can also access other people’s notebooks. It may not necessarily take the place of Google Notebook — I’m pretty sure my notes on some subjects are cryptic — but it’s a pretty cool tool. You can keep notebooks private if you like the interface but don’t want to share a particular project. iLeonardo does allow you to follow fellow notetakers and receive the information they find on a particular topic.
                      8. Zotero
                        Another Firefox extension, Zotero started life as a citation management tool targeted towards academic researchers. However, it offers notetaking tools, as well as a way to save files to your notebook. If you do a lot of writing in Microsoft Word or Open Office, Zotero might be the tool for you — it’s integrated with both word processing software to allow you to easily move your notes over, as well as several blogging options. Zotero’s interface is also available in more than 30 languages.

                      I’ve been relying on Google Notebook as a catch-all for blog post ideas — being able to just highlight information and save it is a great tool for a blogger.

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                      In replacing it, though, I’m starting to lean towards Evernote. I’ve found it handles pretty much everything I want, especially with the voice recording feature. I’m planning to keep trying things out for a while yet — I’m sticking with Google Notebook until the Firefox extension quits working — and if you have any recommendations that I missed when I put together this list, I’d love to hear them — just leave a comment!

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