Safiyyah Abdul-Khabir
Safiyyah Abdul-KhabirI do marketing for good causes

What's an app that helps you avoid distractions while working?

I'm looking for a product that will help me stay focused on the task at hand. Any favorites?
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  1. 103
    Pomodoro Time

    Simple Pomodoro timer in your Mac's menu bar

    Lisa Dziuba
    Lisa Dziuba3FlawlessApp.io Founder · Written
    or any web Pomodoro timer can help :)
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    • André
      AndréUX/UI Enthusiast | in ❤️ w/ innovation

      I love the idea that you can choose the task you wanna work on and when it's done, you know the time you spent on it.

  2. 81
    Forest

    Put down your phone and stay focused. Or a tree will die. 🌳😵

    Pavan Sethi
    Pavan Sethi19building things. · Written
    One of my favorite apps :) Set a timer for how long you cannot touch your phone. The more time you stay focused, the more coins you get to plant virtual trees in your forest (if you touch your phone, your tree dies!). The best part is that coins can eventually be used to plant real trees!
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    Sabra Rubinstein
    Sabra RubinsteinMarketing Manager at Avantpage · Written
    Love this app! I didn't realize how much I pick up my phone while working on projects till I started using it.
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    • Daniel Kiedrowski
      Daniel KiedrowskiCode Ninja | Game Developer | AI Wizard

      This is amazing so for. It really keeps me going on my task t hand and let me leave my phone totally alone. The idea of growing something (for yourself) because of focussed time, is beautifully illustrated and simply a truth.

      I worked 6 hours yesterday, doing 25 minute chunks with 5-10 minutes of breaks in between. It really helped me to get something profound done.

    • (I am using Android 8.0)hi I found a hack in this app that I can use YouTube and playstore for hours but still the plant is intact and the app is running in background still I love the app and I make my 10 friend's to download the app

      Can you please add animals in the  forest and if we need to give the animals food we have to Winn the challenge.

      If we  don't give the animals food it will die

  3. 42
    Toggl

    insanely simple free time tracking

    Lisa Dziuba
    Lisa Dziuba3FlawlessApp.io Founder · Written
    Toggl is more for time tracking, but it helps you keep the focus on actually making the task. And you can see how much time you worked.
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    • Eduard Doloc
      Eduard DolocFront-End Programmer

      The product is great, it's flexible, dynamic, you can use it on almost any device (as app, not just web), but the pricing is pretty bad, I mean there is alot of cool features, but paying more for a user than the user's email hosting (google) is not ok.

  4. 13
    Noisli 2.0

    Improve focus and boost your productivity with ambient noise

    Philipp Bohn
    Philipp Bohn4VP Circuit and CEO blueKiwi software · Written
    Ambient noise is surprisingly helpful to stay productive
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    • Dima Moroz
      Dima MorozDigital Marketer

      When I first found this through Chrome extensions store, I did not expect Noisli to have such a big impact on my focus and productivity. From now on, I take it with me to every office I move and every computer I use. Noisli is a must-have for an open office and helps you stay sane even when the world around is crushing down.

    • Maisha L. Cannon
      Maisha L. CannonTechnology enthusiast.

      Ambient noise increases productivity! What better way to supercharge your day.

  5. 9
    RescueTime

    Analytics on your daily habits and productivity

    Siobhan O'Rorke
    Siobhan O'Rorke7Marketing @ Zenkit · Written
    You can block certain websites while you're focusing (premium feature), but the main thing I love is that it tracks how much time you spend & where online & on your computer, which is super helpful if you need to figure out where all your time has gone :) You can learn a lot about yourself while using it.
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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.

  6. 5
    Pops.

    Be more productive. Make Pops proud.

    Angie
    AngieFounder of YourApparel · Written
    A great way to get tasks done.
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    • Angie
      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.

  7. 12
    TMetric

    User-friendly timetracker for freelancers and teams

    It helps me to monitor my working activity and it's really good!
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    • I have tried many time trackers before I started to use TMetric, but each of them has its own cons. TMetric combines user-frinedly interface and a wide range of useful functions and integrations. Integration with Asana was one of the essential points for me. Also I like that Tmetric has a mobile time tracking app, so you can keep tracking of your activity out of office too.

    • I use Redmine + TMetric to manage my working activity and keep tracking of working hours and I am fully satisfied with these tools. TMetric helps me to stay productive and reduce the waste of time. Tmetric provides me with detailed time and tasks reports

  8. Ohad Ron
    Ohad RonWantrepreneur · Written
    I use the option that limits Facebook / Twitter / News sites time to 20 minutes a day. Very useful.
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    I use this product to limit my time on social media sites
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  9. 4
    Twist

    There’s more to work than keeping up with group chat

    Hugo Fauquenoi
    Hugo Fauquenoigrowth @todoist and @twistappteam · Written
    Hugo Fauquenoi made this product
    You can focus on your work and get back to what happened without the need to stay plugged in chat all day
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    • Antoine Frédéric
      Antoine Frédéricproductivity expert

      It's definitely my favorite app. Way better than Slack ! You can have messages and threads in the same place. Communication at its best

  10. Flavio Ludgero
    Flavio LudgeroCo-founder at Startaê · Written
    Flavio Ludgero made this product
    You can use Cuckoo in your private room or with your team and everyone will be focused and productive.
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  11. There is this great app that has been around for a few thousand years called 'self-discipline'.
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  12. 4
    Self Control (Mac)

    Avoid distracting websites

    Kelsey McLeod
    Kelsey McLeoddéjà pillowcase founder · Written
    I use this to block all distractions for a period of time— they're blocked in incognito, if you restart your computer, or use another browser. No way around it.
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    Aynul Habib
    Aynul HabibFounder & CEO of Alum, Inc. · Written
    It's easy to switch browsers with some of the Chrome providers and get tripped, it's a notch harder to work around this one.
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    Olivier de Locht
    Olivier de LochtProduct designer, Appvelvet.com · Written
    You can easily create a list of website to blocks during a period
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  13. 3
    Freedom

    Freedom to focus on what matters most.

    Chris Messina
    Chris Messina11Product designer & entrepreneur · Written
    Great app for forcing disconnection from distractions.
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    Chris Messina
    Chris Messina11Product designer & entrepreneur · Written
    Great app for forcing disconnection from distractions.
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    Nicolet Groen
    Nicolet GroenInterior & Lifestyle Photographer · Written
    An excellent app and website blocker that keeps you productive. I can block all my social media, individual websites, messengers and email when I need to work. (oh, and it syncs with all your devices so no excuses not to work!) I bought it a week ago and boy it helps me to focus!
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  14. Nicholas Lusskin
    Nicholas LusskinCEO @ Clip • Founder of Squanto · Written
    Super simple and insanely effective. Just set some time and you're done, or schedule time that you don't want to be bothered. Blocks notifications and access to apps for those who can't stay away :)
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  15. André Gauci
    André GauciCEO @ Fusioo – Easy online database · Written
    Great tool that I've recently discovered. Simple and effective.
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  16. 2
    PostmastR

    Personalized editorial for your company's social media

    Prattusha C
    Prattusha CSenior Marketing Scientist, Kvantum Inc. · Written
    They make customized social media posts along with creatives, that is backed up with well researched social media strategies.
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    • Zach Swetz
      Zach SwetzProduct Manager in Pittsburgh

      Team is great to work with, which is what makes this product work. If you're looking to create compelling graphics and content quickly, these are your people.

    • Prattusha C
      Prattusha CSenior Marketing Scientist, Kvantum Inc.

      What I liked about PostmastR is the team behind it. They are knowledgeable, kind and fast. They know what they are doing. They also make quick changes, if there are any iterations required.

      Big thumbs up to the team.

  17. 2
    Go Fucking Work

    Website blocker so you can get back to your fucking work

    Tejaswi R
    Tejaswi RBuilding @TypitoHQ. Ex @VWO @Pipe_monk · Written
    If you find yourself browsing news, blogs, or other websites during an important project, this chrome extension does what it says. It shows you an "inspiring" message which will ask you to go back and go f#(king work :)
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    Fruzsi Peti
    Fruzsi PetiOnline Marketer @Intellyo · Written
    definitely the best one (:
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  18. I use this app to avoid distraction because this app can help you lock all your other apps. Every time I need to focus on something really important, I just lock all my apps and put my phone away. On the one hand, I can stop checking my phone and stay focus. On the other hand, I knew that my phone is safe with AppLock.
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    A great way to get my phone protected.
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    It's a great app.
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  19. Eivind Lindbråten
    Eivind Lindbråten🦊 Developer, Oslo, Norway. · Written
    This is my favourite pomodoro app. Really well designed.
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  20. Sachin Baheti
    Sachin BahetiDigital Marketing Executive at Trip In. · Written
    Measure, evaluate and improve employee productivity with this simple yet super-sassy slack application. Team members can plan, log and view all tasks and actions with just five commands to get started. Team admins, in addition, get a dashboard to view, review and assess planned versus executed tasks of each team member month to month, week to week, day to day or hour-to-hour. Call it a #TimelyIntervention
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