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Do you find yourself easily distracted by Social Media? What about the lure of Netflix, YouTube or Amazon Prime? The era of entertainment and information on tap is well and truly here and unless you have monk-like focus it is all too easy to ignore the work that needs to be done and wile away the hours achieving very little.

 One of my major goals for the year is to reduce the time I waste (as opposed to utilise) on sites like Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest. Several studies have proven that you need at least 23 minutes to get back to the workflow once you’re distracted. Maybe multitasking is not all it is cracked up to be?

Luckily for the slightly undisciplined amongst us, there are technology tools to help us from succumbing, particularly when checking social media is often a habit that we have developed. I’m going to share with you some of the tools or Apps that can be installed on your Mac, PC or phone.

1Focus

An app for Macs that lets you setup different presets blocking particular apps and websites. Sometimes I just want to block social media but at other times I will also block news sites, reddit and the Netflix app so nothing can distract me.

screenshot of 1focus app
Screenshot of 1focus app

Stay focused

My personal favourite and the one I am currently using on my Samsung phone. Simply choose the apps you want to avoid, choose a time-frame for blocking and click start. Just be careful, I recently blocked Facebook for 4 days instead of 4 hours!

screenshot of stay focused app
screenshot of stay focused app

Isolator

Isolator helps minimise distractions by keeping your focus on the current active window. You choose the settings and Isolator completely hides windows other that your active window, blurs the windows behind your active window, hides your dock bar, and more.

screenshot of isolator app
screenshot of isolator app

Freedom

Whether you use Mac, Windows, Android, or iOS, Freedom can sync blocks across all of your devices. This is brilliant if blocking an app or website on one device just means you’ll pick up another one to get your fix. There is a free trial available or you can sign up for a year or for a lifetime. 

screenshot of freedom app
screenshot of freedom app

Are there any others I have missed? Let me know how you reduce distractions when you are trying to be productive.