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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
13 recommended
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    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.
    Shamit KhemkaM.D. - SynapseIndia · Written
    Keeps you laser focused on your task.
    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.
    Shamit KhemkaM.D. - SynapseIndia · Written
    It hides inactive windows.
    Shamit KhemkaM.D. - SynapseIndia · Written
    It keeps your Mac clutter free. Help you drastically improve focus.
  3. Jono ChattertonPlaystate Studios / NowFocus · 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.
  4. 6

    Analytics on your daily habits and productivity

    I know these guys are pretty serious with this.
    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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    A pomodoro based work timer to help you get things done

    Flow is a beautifully designed Pomodoro Timer that also enables blocking the use of specific apps during focus time. I really like it. Seems like there is a iOS app in the pipeline as well.
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    Self Control (Mac)

    Avoid distracting websites

    Raj MahalTravel Enthusiast · Written
    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.
  7. Mike CoutermarshEngineer @ PlanetScale · Written
    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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    Automatic productivity & time tracking for macOS

    Ivan Mirindie app developer · 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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    Anti-procrastination app for Mac to break bad online habits

    Martin BoeddekerFounder, · 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 to focus on what matters most.

    PavelProduct Design · Written
    Best app to focus on thats matters!
    PavelProduct Design · Written
    Best app to focus on what matters!
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    Stay focused and beat procrastination on your Mac.

    Pavan Sethibuilding 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 Sethibuilding 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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    The macOS app to get your focus back 🤫

    Benjamin ChristineDesign Lead at Nexus Mods · Written
    Benjamin Christine made this product
    This is a great tool to remove distractions and help you organise the work you need to do. I loved the timed session including the focus music.