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Last Updated on February 17, 2021

10 Amazing Online Apps for Focus and Productivity

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10 Amazing Online Apps for Focus and Productivity

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. Fortunately, there are many apps for focus that can help.

Here are 10 online apps that will help you to improve your mental focus and be productive.

1. StayFocusd

 

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    The StayFocusd online app is available for Chrome users and can be installed as a Chrome extension. 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.

    Price: Free

    Get the app here!

    2. 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 and acts like a personal trainer for your brain.

    Price: Free for limited access, $15/month for full access

    Get the app here!

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    3. Self Control

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      This free Chrome extension is a great way to really focus on the task at hand. It blocks access to set websites that you feel you spend too much time one. Its distraction-free mode prevents you from removing block patterns from the app for a fixed amount of time, which is great if you have a tight deadline or you need something to help you resist the urge to wander away from your work.

      Price: Free

      Get the app here!

      4. Serene

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        This macOS app is one of the best apps for focus, as, beyond allowing you to block distracting sites for a certain amount of time, it asks you to set a goal each day. You can also choose to play optional concentration music to help you focus even more.

        This app is really a productivity system and seeks to promote deep work to help you get more done.

        Price: $4/month

        Get the app here!

        5. Forest

        Forest is an app for focus that is generally used on smartphones, but you can also access it as a Chrome extension. When you use Forest, you will plant a tree seed that, over the next 30 minutes, will grow into a beautiful tree. However, your tree will wither away if you give into temptation and begin to browse any of the websites on your Blocklist.

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        This app offers a sense of achievement and visual reinforcement in the form of a forest that continues to grow the more you focus on what’s in front of you.

        Price: Free

        Get the app here! 

        6. Freedom

        Many of the apps on this list are somewhat limited as they only work on the device you’re using at a given time. Freedom is different as it allows you to block distractions—both websites and apps—on all of your devices, simultaneously. This helps you resist the urge to jump over to your phone if you really want to check Facebook but it’s blocked on your computer.

        With this app for focus, you can also set up as many blocklists as you want, then start or schedule a session for a certain period of time. There’s also a lockdown mode, which makes it impossible to edit your blocklists while a session is active. All of these features make for great productivity sessions, where you will actually get things done.

        Price: Premium starts at $6.99/month

        Get the app here!

        7. Cold Turkey

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          If you need an app for Windows or macOS that is extra strict and will keep you on task, no matter how many times you say “please,” Cold Turkey is for you. It comes with a default distraction list of distracting apps and websites, or you can customize your own; you can even block the entire internet if you want! 

          To keep yourself from caving to urges, you can lock your block with a password, between a time range everyday, until a restart, during scheduled blocks, or after typing in a customizable amount of random text.

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          Because this is a system-wide tool and not just a browser extension, you can’t work around it by changing browsers. There’s even a special setting that blocks your computer entirely, which is great if you promised your family a work-free weekend!

          Price: Free for Basic Plan, $39 Pro plan with unlimited blocking and scheduling

          Get the app here! 

          8. Remember the Milk

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            Remember the Milk is a to-do list app for focus that helps you remember what you need to get done and when. The app makes defining new tasks and subtasks easy, allowing you to enter your task’s properties in one line, including due date, priority, repeat, tags, and more. You can choose to receive reminders via email, text, IM, Twitter, and mobile apps, meaning you’ll never overlook another task.

            If you often lose focus and forget what you should be working on, Remember the Milk is a great way to get back on the path to productivity.

            Price: Free

            Get the app here! 

            9. RescueTime

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              This app for focus is, at its core, a productivity tracker, but it includes features that also allow you to “turn off” distracting websites. Even with a free lite plan, you’ll receive productivity reports that show how much time you spend on productive tasks and how much time you’ve devoted to sites you label as distractions.

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              When you’re able to see exactly how much time you are spending on certain sites, you’ll be more likely to challenge yourself to lower that time and focus on what really matters, which is what makes this app so valuable.

              Price: Free for Lite, $12/month for Premium

              Get the app here!

              10. Noisli

              This is one of the best apps for focus if you work at home, but it can also work for those who are in an office environment if you have headphones handy. Noisli allows you to mix different sounds to create a sound environment that helps you stay focused. Whether you like the sound of a thunderstorm or the gentle hum of the forest, Noisli has it.

              This is especially useful if your natural environment includes annoying sounds, such as traffic, screaming neighborhood children, or chatty coworkers.

              Price: Free for Basic (16 sounds), $10/month (28 sounds, 1 user), $24/month (28 sounds, 2 users)

              Get the app here! 

              Final Thoughts

              Whether you need a to-do list app to help you with task management, a website blocker to help you resist the urge to let your mind wander, or a sound app to create an ideal work environment for focus, each of the featured apps for focus can help. Identify what is causing you to get distracted each day and choose the app that is most likely to help. You’ll be amazed and how much more you get done each day.

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              Top 7 Most Essential Apple Watch Productivity Apps

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              When the 1st generation iPhone came out in the summer of 2007, it has changed the way people interacted with technology. Suddenly, everyone was connected online at all times of day, playing games, catching up on email, or researching where they want to go to lunch, all while walking down the street. While elements of the iPhone were, and in many ways still are, a distraction, iPhone apps streamline productivity and put greater capabilities at your fingertips too.

              Wearables are the latest trend that wants to pervasively integrate technology into your daily routine. The average employee checks their phone every three minutes,[1] for a total of 200 times a day. Some of those checks may be for a purpose, but many are simply habitual. The Apple Watch has the potential to bring your focus back to productive tasks through apps that funnel only important information right to your wrist!

              Many of these apps have desktop counterparts, but to keep them functional on an interface as small as a watch, app designers have kept the psychology of wearables[2] in mind and stripped the app down to its core, most basic function and streamline its processes for ease-of-use.

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              If you’re looking to boost your productivity in 2016, here are 7 essential Apple Watch apps that you should be using today:

              1. Do Button

              Created by IFTTT (If This, Then That) for the Apple Watch, Do Button allows you to set up “recipes” for communication between apps or devices in the simple setup of “if this happens, then that will happen” scenarios. The possibilities are nearly endless. Whether it’s automatically uploading new documents to Dropbox every time you use a task manager or connecting your smart home devices to your wrist, there are numerous ways Do Button can boost your productivity through the automation of simple tasks.

              2. Evernote

              Evernote’s app for Apple Watch is the easiest way for you to keep track of new information as you learn it. With the push of a button, you can dictate a message to the app, and Evernote will translate it to text and save it for later. You can also use voice search to find a specific note in the app, making navigation much more manageable despite the Apple Watch’s small screen. If you need a quick reminder of something later that day, you can schedule notes to be sent to your watch screen too.

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              3. Slack

              Slack is known for its incredibly popular and colorful desktop app that serves as a chat platform for teams with a need for multiple communication channels. If your chat is very active, this app could very well distract you more than it aids you. However, for the Apple Watch, Slack pares down its functionality somewhat and limits access to messages, so users can keep their sanity. The app will only notify you of direct messages or mentions. This means that if someone needs to get ahold of you to ask a question or vice versa, they can, but you won’t be overwhelmed by group chatter either.

              4. Swipes

              The organizational tool Swipes utilizes an elegant interface to funnel your to-do list directly to you. The app sets itself apart from other task management apps by focusing on your priorities. Users can connect their tasks and assignments across different platforms and communication channels and send actionable tasks directly to their Apple Watch to make sure that they keep track of all their projects. Perhaps the most useful feature of Swipes is that users can customize snooze options and task types, so, for example, you could snooze any communications-related tasks during Tuesday afternoons to give you a chunk of time to work on personal projects without being distracted by other responsibilities.

              5. Productive

              Similar to a task management application, Productive lets you schedule your days around your priorities and can act as an aid to remind you of tasks that need completing. However, beyond task management, Productive is a habit tracker. Want to start waking up an hour earlier to build that side project you’ve been talking about? Productive will send a reminder to start the task to your Apple Watch, and if you’re ready to begin, you tap the message. To encourage increased productivity in the future, the app will show you how many days you’ve met your goal in a row, pushing users to meet the challenges they set themselves.

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              6. 1Password

              Tired of entering the same passwords, again and again, every time you log on? 1Password can save you that hassle by keeping all of your log-in information in one place and then letting users sign into their accounts with just a single tap on your Apple Watch. The app utilizes a browser extension and many supported mobile apps to autofill user’s information into sign-in fields. You’ll never have to type again, just swipe and tap on the watch. While keeping all of your information in one app sounds risky, 1Password is encrypted and possesses strong security measures to make sure your treasure trove of private information isn’t discovered by anyone else.

              7. CloudMagic

              CloudMagic, an email app with over 4 million users, has made waves with both critics and users for its speed and minimal design. With its latest addition of an Apple Watch extension, the best email app for desktop and mobile brings its platform to your wrist. CloudMagic is faster, more efficient, and boasts a better interface than any other email tool out there. The app integrates with every main email platform too, and you can save your emails to a number of different apps. If you need to check email on a regular basis, you don’t have to look any farther than at the CloudMagic on your wrist.

              Boosting your productivity through an Apple Watch is as much a matter of understanding your needs as it is using apps for efficiency. If you don’t need a to-do list or the ability to chat anytime with co-workers, then those apps will prove a distraction to you rather than help you become more productive. Explore different combinations of apps for the Apple Watch to find out what helps you stay productive most effectively, and use them to your advantage to respond faster, stay on top of your schedule, and get more done.

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