Who is not a victim of procrastination, especially when it comes to Internet usage? Procrastination is the situation where an individual gets tempted to perform the less urgent but pleasurable work while putting off the imperative and less pleasurable jobs for the last minute.
Some get into procrastination quite often while others rarely. But almost all of us have got into this kind of situation, especially while we work on our computing devices with Internet connectivity. The Internet has so many options to distract our focus from our prime job and get indulged into procrastination. With access to social networking sites, e-newspapers, entertainment sites, game and entertainment apps, etc., it has become really hard to remain concentrated on our actual job.
Apps to Check Procrastination
Procrastination out of social networking sites, and games and communication apps is perhaps one of the most common scenarios to which most of the Internet users will be able to relate. How common is this situation where you think of checking your Facebook just for 5 minutes, but then you prefer watching a video posted by your friend, then you decide to check the page liked by your friend, get tempted to click a link in that page and carried away to a web article, from there to an another article and likewise before you realize you already end up wasting more than half an hour or so.
If you too are relating to the aforementioned situation, then you might be interested at checking out the following apps that block sites. These apps will help you in staying concentrated on your work by blocking the leisure time websites and apps for the time while you need to focus on more important things.
Concentrate is a great app that will help you stay focused on your work as it can block the distracting and tempting elements. You need to select the apps and websites that distract you often then using this app you can block those apps and sites. For instance, you can chose to block websites like Twitter, Facebook, and other social networks while you work so that you don’t get tempted to waste your time. The app is available in Apple App store for $29 and it runs of Mac OS X 10.5 or later versions.
Quiet is another interesting app that will help you in achieving concentration and focus. It plays the trick of blurring your desktop. It only keeps your active applications up front while hide the unrelated or inactive windows and apps. Also, it mutes down the notifications and automatically changes your status in Skype to “Do Not Disturb” or Adium to “Busy. “ The app is available for $1.99 in Apple app store and it runs only on Mac OS X 10.6 or later versions.
Developed by Willmore.eu, Isolator is an open source menu bar application. It adopts the technique of dimming the desktop so that you stay focused on your useful and active windows over which you are working. The app provides you great customization flexibility so that it can make it fit to suit your needs. For instance, you can adjust the level of opaqueness, fade speed, filter type, and others. It can even keep your dock hidden so that you don’t get tempted to open the apps visible on the apps that could distract you from work. This app is available for free and it runs on Mac OS X 10.5, 10.6, 10.7.
Focus Mask is another great Mac application to keep the distractions away while you work. Primarily, it is an app that keeps the active windows on stage while keep the rest behind the curtain. But it also has an added feature. It allows you to isolate a part even in an active window. You can manually highlight the chosen portion and isolate it by dragging and clicking the selected part. This Mac app is available for $0.99 and runs on Mac OS X 10.6 or later versions.
Developed by Fred Stutzman, Anti-Social is dedicated to keep you anti social while you work means keep you away from social networking websites and turn you antisocial for a while. This Mac app specially targets social parts of the Internet like social networking sites. You make a determination not to log in to your Facebook account without finishing your assignment but yet get tempted. In your Anti social app, just set a tentative time that you will require to finish your work, and the app will completely block the site. The best thing about the app is that it can be launched by only rebooting your computer. As rebooting is not a very preferred option, so you will stay focused. The app is available for $15 and runs on Mac OS X 10.4 or later versions.
The practice of avoiding or postponing the priority work while wasting the time in doing not so important things is a common behavior prominent in all individuals. Hence, procrastination must get checked as it wastes your valuable time, let you delay your high priority and important work, make you work under pressure before the deadline and prevent you from killing your productivity badly. The aforementioned apps are found to be very helpful to keep you focused on your work while they blacklist the less useful apps and websites.