Learn to Ignore the Internet and Steal Back Your Concentration

Learn to Ignore the Internet and Steal Back Your Concentration

You work on the computer all day, so you’ve certainly felt the pull of the internet’s siren song while you’re trying to get work done — it’s right there, begging to take you on an endless, magical journey filled with grumpy cats and barfing unicorns. Beyond donning a powerful shock collar, there are a wide range of technological tools you can employ to take your concentration back and stay away from the time-wasting stuff. If your willpower alone can’t keep you off the “fun parts” of the web during work hours, here are a collection of software tools that’ll do it for you.

Browser Extensions

The simplest and most direct way to a block site you can’t help but visit is through a browser extension. If you’re a Chrome user, the most popular option is StayFocusd. It’s fairly easy to use, but requires customization. In order to function, you need to add sites to the StayFocusd block list, and you add them through an embedded browser button.

StayFocusd has two different modes. The default mode gives you an allotted amount of time to browse your block list during a 24-hour period, so you can choose to browse your blocked sites for, say, 10 minutes per day. The other mode, which is cheekily called the “nuclear option,” blocks your whole blacklist for a period of time you specify — an hour, or ten hours.

If you’re a Firefox user, you should check out LeechBlock, which StayFocusd is actually based on. It has most of the same features as StayFocusd, but has a handy “let me browse Y minutes every X hours,” in case you still need to check Twitter or Facebook — just not all afternoon.

There are countless options besides just these two. But these options are the most commonly downloaded, and both extensions are frequently updated.

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