Ed Shelley
Ed ShelleySweating the details @ChartMogul

What's the best app to help me focus / remove distractions while working?

I need something to help me get into a 'flow' state. Mac app would be ideal. Features like website blocking, etc.
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    Escape

    Track all your unnecessary trips to distracting websites

    Ben Tossell
    Ben Tossell29Services for startups · Written
    This is more of a tracker - it doesnt block stuff but I think its pretty slick for tracking. I use it :)
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    Go Fucking Work

    Website blocker so you can get back to your fucking work

    Ben Tossell
    Ben Tossell29Services for startups · Written
    This is the best! Nothing better than tough love haha
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    Noisli 2.0

    Improve focus and boost your productivity with ambient noise

    dimitar inchev
    dimitar inchevTeam Coworkies & StartupBerlin.co · Written
    Definitely Noisli is the app that save me from all the distractions by a easy ambient sound mix & match. As weird as it might sound I use rain, fire & airplane propellers. Great sound combo! They have web, chrome add-on, iOS and Android version.
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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.

  4. 1
    Focus

    A Mac app to block distracting websites

    Focus works well. It blocks distracting webpages at certain times and replaces them with meaningful quotes.
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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.

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    HazeOver: Distraction Dimmer

    Focus on one app by dimming all the background windows

    Maxim Ananov
    Maxim AnanovDistraction Dimmer • HazeOver.com · Written
    Maxim Ananov made this product
    That's exactly why I made this, but it does not block websites. On the plus side it means you need no additional setup. Launch it and work.
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    • Ua Vandercar
      Ua VandercarOwner & Digital Creative at Typewheel

      This has been a standard app on my machine. It is one of those utilities that does its work day in and day out making my experience a much more pleasant one. I have wrestled from time to time with how strong to set the opaqueness of my Haze in order to give me a good workspace. I have also not toyed much with changing the color of the haze, but expect this could make for a fresh workspace, if needed.

    • gerasim_sergey
      gerasim_sergeyCEO MacPlus Software, www.noteifyapp.com

      There are several free competitors: Doodim, Hocus Focus, Backdrop, and Isolator, DeskCover.

      Copypast - the author took the idea from Izolator or from other free alternatives that appeared earlier and implemented HazeOver

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    NOPE | Can't Right Now

    Save yourself from distracting coworkers. Call your phone

    Jack Dweck
    Jack Dweck20Product Manager at Unroll.Me · Written
    I don't know if I'd ever use this but it's pretty funny and can be helpful :)
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  7. Jason Crawford
    Jason CrawfordChopping wood, carrying water · Written
    Simple and pretty much just works
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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 only app that supports multiple profiles running at the same time & and different unlocking modes. (e.g. you can unlock your email while Facebook & PH stay blocked) I am the creator of FindFocus and build the app for exactly the purpose of getting into flow and creating deep work habits. I tried all other apps but was always unsatisfied with their limitations & therefore decided to create my own app.
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    Vitamin-R

    Recover the lost art of joyful concentration

    Jason Crawford
    Jason CrawfordChopping wood, carrying water · Written
    Good, flexible Pomodoro app
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  10. gerasim_sergey
    gerasim_sergeyCEO MacPlus Software, www.noteifyapp.com · Written
    Use the color, system wallpaper or your own picture as a cover that will hide the desktop or isolate the active window. You can also adjust background transparency settings.
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  11. gerasim_sergey
    gerasim_sergeyCEO MacPlus Software, www.noteifyapp.com · Written
    gerasim_sergey made this product
    Much more features (hides desktop icons, Dock and Menu bar)
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    Inbox When Ready

    Protect your focus... hide your Gmail inbox by default

    Peter Hartree made this product
    I made a Chrome extension called Inbox When Ready to help people protect their focus and cultivate a better email workflow. The extension hides your inbox by default so you can compose messages without getting distracted. It also has some features to help you break the habit of compulsively checking your inbox.
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  13. Pavel
    PavelProduct Design · Written
    TimeBit helps to focus on current and distract less. It`s a combination of timer & to-do list & routine builder made to keep focus on what`s really matters.
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