Pallav Agarwal
Pallav AgarwalPassionate for technology and startups

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

    Nichole Elizabeth DeMeré
    Nichole Elizabeth DeMeré10Co-Founder PurposeBeyondProduct.com · Written
    Focus is a Mac app that blocks distracting websites (like Facebook and Reddit) so you can improve your productivity.
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    • Joe Cotellese
      Joe CotelleseProduct Founder, Strategist and Coach

      Focus is a Mac app that sits in your tool bar and helps you stay on task. Couple of killer features are the ability to schedule blocks of work time and to create custom prompts that you see when you attempt to surf the web.

  2. 2
    Hocus Focus

    A Mac menu bar utility that hides your inactive windows

    Nichole Elizabeth DeMeré
    Nichole Elizabeth DeMeré10Co-Founder PurposeBeyondProduct.com · Written
    Keep your desktop clutter free with Hocus Focus, a Mac menu bar utility that hides your inactive application windows.
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  3. 1
    RescueTime

    Analytics on your daily habits and productivity

    Emiel Janson
    Emiel JansonDesigner, Blendle · Written
    I know these guys are pretty serious with this.
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    • Michael Bennett
      Michael BennettMarketing, sales, operations.

      I love Rescuetime and have used it for more than a year. Affordable and a great way to manage how you are spending your time. It's not yet a full solution, and will need to expand to iOS mobile and also provide a more robust solution for offline tracking.

    • Alexander Romanov
      Alexander RomanovChief Financial Officer

      Extremely helpful tool if one struggles to improve his/her daily productivity.

  4. 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 Mir3maker 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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    • Kiran Kunigiri
      Kiran KunigiriA guy who makes cool stuff.

      This app is pretty awesome. They made it so detailed that when I walked away from my laptop for 20 minutes, instead of just logging whatever app I was on, it asked me if I was eating, sleeping, exercising, etc. since it knew I was away from the computer

      It logs every single website and app you visit, and almost everything has been categorized for you. You can even make your own categories and projects to specifically log as well. At the end, I can also look at everything I did with charts and a pie chart showing my overall time spent categorized into productive, neutral, and distracted, which is a really awesome way to get a quick overview.

    • Ted Han
      Ted HanTechnical Lead, DocumentCloud

      Other activity trackers and systems for keeping organized have always stressed me out a ton. Qbserve is the first activity tracker i've used that i don't feel hung up or bad about using through the entire cycle of use. There are periods where i will stop tracking for a while, but Qbserve is always easy to jump back into and use. You get immediate feedback about what's going on, and the color tracking in the dock icon gives a great visual feedback mechanism as a reminder for how on track you've been (or not).

      Classification has gotten better, and the ability to triage stuff yourself is great. I wish there were some way to segment up my twitter use into work related, and time wasting, but that's my only complaint.

  6. 1
    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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