ManuelLaw student, cereal lover, internet fan.

What is the best app to stay focused while studying?

Especially looking for an iOS/Watch/Mac app, which logs my productive hours while I study for University.
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    Self Control - Block Distracting Websites

    Block distractions to eliminate wasteful browsing habits

    This app protects you from your worst habits :D Make a list of websites to block, set the duration, and then go. It will block those apps without you being able to "turn it off."
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    Pops.

    Be more productive. Make Pops proud.

    Nick Abouzeid37Words at Product Hunt ✌️ · Written
    Just downloaded it a few days ago - well designed, and I like the gamification portion. Worth trying out!
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    • AngieFounder of YourApparel

      Love the way they integrated the Pomodoro technique in a intuitive way. Different characters can be selected to ensure you focus on your task. You get a penalty when you pick up your phone.

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    Qbserve

    Automatic productivity & time tracking for macOS

    Ivan Mir3maker of Qbserve time tracking app · Written
    Ivan Mir made this product
    Qbserve (our app) tracks productivity automatically. It shows your current performance at the menu bar and the dock in real-time, so it's easier to stay focused. Unfortunately, we can't make an iOS apps because of the iOS sandbox restrictions. (We have a student discount, by the way!)
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    • 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 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.