Take Action Against Distraction

Let’s face it. When there’s studying to done, we might load our notes and slides in one window, but on our web browsers, we’ve also loaded ten tabs dedicated to each of our favorite social networking websites, our inbox, music streaming sites, blogs, online shops, etc. and the list never ends. We live in a world where we are so constantly connected that we find it unbearable to part with all these distractions while we are trying to study or write.  So how do we focus?

One solution is to completely disconnect ourselves
This is probably ideal if you are writing a paper and have an outline or notes ready. Disconnecting the internet on your computer/laptop and turning off WiFi or data off your phone (or even setting it to airplane mode) will allow you to get through the next couple of hours free of online distraction.

Use productivity extensions or apps
Unfortunately, most of us are unable to get through without any connection at all whilst working. We still need to go online to check Vista or Connect, sync our cloud storage, or do research online. Productivity extensions lock us out of distracting websites, while keeping the rest of the web open . Here’s a list of some of the extensions/apps to get you off those addictive sites:

StayFocusd for Chrome
This extension allows you to access your favorite websites… but only for a certain period of time. You can customize the extension to block entire websites or specific links and give yourself a time quota for accessing them each day.

Strict Pomodoro for Chrome
We all like breaks, but sometimes they can get out of control. Strict Pomodoro allows you to set a timer to make you work for 25 minutes, then break for 5 minutes. This one is my personal favorite because it is simple, yet effective.

Concentrate for Macs
This highly customizable app gives you options to blacklist certain websites, apps, and has a variety of interesting ways to alert and push you to stick to your work by using notifications.

Leechblock for Firefox
This extension lets you set up to six sites on a blacklist and gives you options to set up time limits as well as periods of the day in order to keep you distraction free.

What are some other ways you find effective in keeping yourself off social networking and other addictive sites?