Try These Tools When It's Time to Focus

Your day today is so full, you need to execute efficiently to tick everything off your list. You need to make some phone calls, answer emails, make headway on the projects... not to mention stop for brain breaks. How do you do it?

Sure there's the obvious tips - make your plans, know what you are trying to achieve, find a quiet place to work, put your phone on silent, keep your workspace clutter-free, set a timer, pop your headphones in - of course there is value in these ideas, but what if there was another way? Or something that you could add to the mix that really helped you dive in?

Focus Tools

With technology being such a big piece of our work, it's surprising sometimes how much it can serve as a distraction, or hinder our work. So the best way to fight technology distractions is with more technology, right?

Internet Blocking

These tools allow you to work without distracting yourself on the internet. It can block all sites, or just those that you set. You can set a time limit for the day or set specific times you can access these distracting sites! They each work slightly differently and are designed for various platforms so check them out to find the one that suits you.

Freedom "Freedom makes it easy to block the most distracting apps and websites. Block what you want, when you want, and be more productive."

FocusMe "FocusMe is the most powerful Website and Application Blocker for Windows & Mac"

Stay Focused "StayFocusd increases your productivity by limiting the amount of time that you can spend on time-wasting websites."

Timer-based Focus

Using a timer is super effective when you need to power through some tasks. You'll be amazed and how quickly you're able to complete some tasks when you're racing against a timer!

Focus Booster "Based on the pomodoro technique, focus booster will empower you to maintain focus and manage distractions. Stay focused and fresh to get more done."

Time Audit

Actually knowing where all of your time went can be powerful. What feels like "15 minutes" on Twitter or Facebook can easily be double or triple that. Composing that "quick" email might be longer than expected. Rescue Time tracks EVERYTHING you do and compiles it into easy-to-view reports so that you can get an accurate picture of how your time is spent on your computer.

RescueTime "RescueTime helps you understand your daily habits so you can focus and be more productive."

So, now that you know there are some options out there to help you, which will you choose? Do you have others to recommend? Tell me in the comments!