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What are the best free Mac apps to stop distraction?

Something which can for example stop me from currently wasting time on product hunt haha
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    Focus

    A Mac app to block distracting websites

    Focus is a Mac app that blocks distracting websites (like Facebook and Reddit) so you can improve your productivity.
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    Shamit Khemka
    Shamit KhemkaM.D. - SynapseIndia · Written
    Keeps you laser focused on your task.
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    Have found this ultra useful combined with the 24/7 "do not disturb" feature on mac.
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    Hocus Focus

    A Mac menu bar utility that hides your inactive windows

    Keep your desktop clutter free with Hocus Focus, a Mac menu bar utility that hides your inactive application windows.
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    Shamit Khemka
    Shamit KhemkaM.D. - SynapseIndia · Written
    It hides inactive windows.
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    Shamit Khemka
    Shamit KhemkaM.D. - SynapseIndia · Written
    It keeps your Mac clutter free. Help you drastically improve focus.
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    Hyperfocus

    The distraction blocker for macOS

    Jono Chatterton
    Jono ChattertonPlaystate Studios / Hyperfocus · Written
    Jono Chatterton made this product
    Hyperfocus is a minimal, effective and intuitive tool that will block website and applications for a given timeframe so you can complete task at hand.
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    RescueTime

    Analytics on your daily habits and productivity

    I know these guys are pretty serious with this.
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    I've used RescueTime as the perfect tool for understanding and tracking where your time goes. It's not necessarily the best blocker or active "focus" tool, but the insights you get from learning about how you work are invaluable.
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  5. I use this on mac. I hit the timer and then I'm not allowed to do anything but code until the timer runs out. This helps me get in the zone quickly and I usually stop noticing the timer after about 10 mins.
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    Qbserve

    Automatic productivity & time tracking for macOS

    Ivan Mir
    Ivan Mir4maker of Qbserve time tracking app · Written
    Ivan Mir made this product
    While Qbserve (our app) does not block sites, it shows your productivity score or total worked hours right in the menu bar. Plus the icon in the dock draws a red border when you are not productive enough. It really motivates to quit distractions when you see only 20 productive minutes in the afternoon.
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    FindFocus

    Anti-procrastination app for Mac to break bad online habits

    Martin Boeddeker
    Martin BoeddekerFounder, FindFocus.net · Written
    Martin Boeddeker made this product
    FindFocus is the #1 Alternative To SelfControl and other website blockers build for professionals and productivity experts. It allows you to block distracting websites & applications with independent schedules to build better habits and to stay focused.
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    Freedom

    Freedom to focus on what matters most.

    Pavel
    PavelProduct Design · Written
    Best app to focus on thats matters!
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    Pavel
    PavelProduct Design · Written
    Best app to focus on what matters!
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    Effortless

    Stay focused and beat procrastination on your Mac.

    Pavan Sethi
    Pavan Sethi19building things. · Written
    The other tools to block websites and hide distractions are great, but here's an additional option - an amazingly simple menu bar to-do list where you set a time for each task. It keeps you in the zone since it always displays the time remaining for the task, and keyboard shortcuts make it easy to update without getting distracted.
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    Pomodoro Time

    Simple Pomodoro timer in your Mac's menu bar

    Pavan Sethi
    Pavan Sethi19building things. · Written
    Another good option - times your work into 25 minute increments (with 5 minute breaks), supposedly the best amount of time on/off for tasks.
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    Self Control (Mac)

    Avoid distracting websites

    Great app. You can add any websites you want and if you go on their Github page, you can change the code to increase the blocking duration.
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