Enhance Productivity with these applications

Do more in less time with these productivity enhancer apps

Let me start by asking you a question. How would you rate your concentration level (your focus on a particular thing) on a scale of 1 to 10?

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Imagine a situation. You are engaged in your regular work, say writing an article for your blog, you are in your thinking zone. You are in the midst of getting that “WOW” idea that you need. Its partially visible, you’re concentrating hard to remove haziness and get clarity on that idea and suddenly a beep sounds from your smartphone. No matter how hard you don’t want but your hands automatically picks up the phone and eyes scan the material of the beep sound. Then you feel eh! just another status update. Now, when you get back to what you were thinking, lo! you forgot. It seems the idea went back to its shell and now you again have to concentrate hard to pull that idea back up.

It happens with my friends a lot, not me though, I have super power in concentration..kidding 🙂 . It happens with me too.

So, what to do? How to make our will power strong enough to avoid the tease every time the gadget beeps? I am not going to give any lesson on self-help, that’s for my other project.

I will do help though as that’s what I strive to do with my every article. Below is the list of a few apps that will help you focus on your current task by blocking the distractions for the time scheduled by you.

Enhance Productivity with these applications
Please note that these are random and not in any order of preference. So, here you go,
(Please note that the links provided here open in a new window/tab. I follow a system of opening the within the website links in the same window and any outside links on new window/tab)

FocusON
It is Free to use android based app that blocks out apps, websites and notifications that hinders your productivity. Select the website or apps that you want to lock and select the time. It’s a fine automatic way to control your activities. Available for Android
Link to Access

StayFocusd
StayFocusd is a productivity extension for Google Chrome that helps you stay focused on work by restricting the amount of time you can spend on time-wasting websites. You can set the time you are good with wasting and once that time is over, the sites are inaccessible for the rest of the day. Available for Google Chrome
Link to Access

LeechBlock
It is the alternative for StayFocused in Firefox. LeechBlock is a simple productivity tool designed to block those time-wasting sites that can make you say, “Where did the time go?” Time doesn’t go anywhere; it’s how you use it. So, all you need to do is specify which sites to block and when to block them. Available for Firefox
Link to Access

SelfControl
SelfControl is a free and open-source application for Mac OS X that lets you block your own access to distracting websites, your mail servers, or anything else on the Internet. Just set a period of time to block for, add sites to your blacklist, and click “Start.” Until that timer expires, you will be unable to access those sites–even if you restart your computer or delete the application. Available for Mac
Link to Access

The above apps would reduce your diversions and help to focus on your current task better by keeping a kind of check on you. Now, when we are talking of increasing productivity apart from just punishing ourselves for weak self-control, let’s see some other apps as well that could increase productivity in other ways.

Time Out Free
Remember the 20/20/20 rule? After 20min of work watch at distance atleast 20feet away for 20secs. It keeps your eyes healthy. A short walk after sometime of work also gives rest to backbone. Time Out is the app that will remind you to take the break. How? It will slowly dim the light of your screen at the duration you set. A nice alternative to a Girlfriend/Boyfriend or Mom, but only for this specific matter. Available for Mac
Link to Access

FocusWriter
If you are a serious writer or just do not want any disturbance while writing, even when you are writing a diary, FocusWriter is your buddy. It blocks everything on your screen except the words you type. It does allow features like spell check, word count, timers/alarms, daily goals, typewriter sound effects (optional) among few other things. Available for Windows & Mac.
Link to Access

Inkflow
This app is useful for people who like to think in terms of pictures. It lets you draw your thoughts and ideas and allows you to export your creations in PDF or JPG format. The basic version is Free. Available for iPhone and iPad
Link to Access

RescueTime
It’s a free application that keeps an account of what you’re spending your time on. It keeps a record of what you do on the device and then gives you a graphical analysis so that you can determine where you’re using your time. When you have the information, you can manage that well, right? Available for Android
Link to Access

So these are some of the apps I selected out of tones of them available out there in the market. All the apps I mentioned here are free to use, so you can try them and if do not find them useful for your purpose you can just uninstall them.

Let me know what you think, comments section is open. Also tell me if you know the alternatives to these available for different OS than those I mentioned, I would be pleased to have increased my knowledge.

Have a productive day!

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4 thoughts on “Do more in less time with these productivity enhancer apps

  1. Excellent blog you have got here.. It’s hard to find high quality writing like
    yours these days. I truly appreciate individuals like you! Take care!!

  2. Good Blog; of course my concentration level is very low and tempt to distract easily on alerts…………..so very informative.

    • Thanks for the appreciation Geogy. Well, in that case some of these tools can help you. However, I would also suggest to increase the concentration level as that is an important power a human has got with which a person can achieve a lot of things. 🙂

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