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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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            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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                      Last Updated on February 15, 2019

                      7 Tools to Help Keep Track of Goals and Habits Effectively

                      7 Tools to Help Keep Track of Goals and Habits Effectively

                      Now that 2011 is well underway and most people have fallen off the bandwagon when it comes to their New Year’s resolutions (myself included), it’s a good time to step back and take an honest look at our habits and the goals that we want to achieve.

                      Something that I have learned over the past few years is that if you track something, be it your eating habits, exercise, writing time, work time, etc. you become aware of the reality of the situation. This is why most diet gurus tell you to track what you eat for a week so you have an awareness of the of how you really eat before you start your diet and exercise regimen.

                      Tracking daily habits and progress towards goals is another way to see reality and create a way for you clearly review what you have accomplished over a set period of time. Tracking helps motivate you too; if I can make a change in my life and do it once a day for a period of time it makes me more apt to keep doing it.

                      So, if you have some goals and habits in mind that need tracked, all you need is a tracking tool. Today we’ll look at 7 different tools to help you keep track of your habits and goals.

                      Joe’s Goals

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                        Joe’s Goals is a web-based tool that allows users to track their habits and goals in an easy to use interface. Users can add as many goals/habits as they want and also check multiple times per day for those “extra productive days”. Something that is unique about Joe’s Goals is the way that you can keep track of negative habits such as eating out, smoking, etc. This can help you visualize the good things that you are doing as well as the negative things that you are doing in your life.

                        Joe’s Goals is free with a subscription version giving you no ads and the “latest version” for $12 a year.

                        Daytum

                          Daytum

                          is an in depth way of counting things that you do during the day and then presenting them to you in many different reports and groups. With Daytum you can add several different items to different custom categories such as work, school, home, etc. to keep track of your habits in each focus area of your life.

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                          Daytum is extremely in depth and there are a ton of settings for users to tweak. There is a free version that is pretty standard, but if you want more features and unlimited items and categories you’ll need Daytum Plus which is $4 a month.

                          Excel or Numbers

                            If you are the spreadsheet number cruncher type and the thought of using someone else’s idea of how you should track your habits turns you off, then creating your own Excel/Numbers/Google spreadsheet is the way to go. Not only do you have pretty much limitless ways to view, enter, and manipulate your goal and habit data, but you have complete control over your stuff and can make it private.

                            What’s nice about spreadsheets is you can create reports and can customize your views in any way you see fit. Also, by using Dropbox, you can keep your tracker sheets anywhere you have a connection.

                            Evernote

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                              I must admit, I am an Evernote junky, mostly because this tool is so ubiquitous. There are several ways you can implement habit/goal tracking with Evernote. You won’t be able to get nifty reports and graphs and such, but you will be able to access your goal tracking anywhere your are, be it iPhone, Android, Mac, PC, or web. With Evernote you pretty much have no excuse for not entering your daily habit and goal information as it is available anywhere.

                              Evernote is free with a premium version available.

                              Access or Bento

                                If you like the idea of creating your own tracker via Excel or Numbers, you may be compelled to get even more creative with database tools like Access for Windows or Bento for Mac. These tools allow you to set up relational databases and even give you the option of setting up custom interfaces to interact with your data. Access is pretty powerful for personal database applications, and using it with other MS products, you can come up with some pretty awesome, in depth analysis and tracking of your habits and goals.

                                Bento is extremely powerful and user friendly. Also with Bento you can get the iPhone and iPad app to keep your data anywhere you go.

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                                You can check out Access and the Office Suite here and Bento here.

                                Analog Bonus: Pen and Paper

                                All these digital tools are pretty nifty and have all sorts of bells and whistles, but there are some people out there that still swear by a notebook and pen. Just like using spreadsheets or personal databases, pen and paper gives you ultimate freedom and control when it comes to your set up. It also doesn’t lock you into anyone else’s idea of just how you should track your habits.

                                Conclusion

                                I can’t necessarily recommend which tool is the best for tracking your personal habits and goals, as all of them have their quirks. What I can do however (yes, it’s a bit of a cop-out) is tell you that the tool to use is whatever works best for you. I personally keep track of my daily habits and personal goals with a combo Evernote for input and then a Google spreadsheet for long-term tracking.

                                What this all comes down to is not how or what tool you use, but finding what you are comfortable with and then getting busy with creating lasting habits and accomplishing short- and long-term goals.

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