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5 Productivity Apps That Will Help Keep You Focused –and away from your gadgets!

With the millions of websites and apps available on the internet, you are just one click away from getting things done, or being distracted. You wake up in the morning and you’re immediately bombarded with emails and other notifications. From messages, ads, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and other social media apps, everything is grasping for your attention. But the sad reality is, students don’t really have much time to spare.


If you’ve ever finished a day at school or home wondering why you weren’t able to accomplish as much as you’ve hope for, you are not alone. In Just Hearing Your Phone Buzz Hurts Your Productivity published by Harvard Business Review in 2015, just being aware that there’s a notification on your phone, even if you don’t look at it, can already distract your attention.


So how do you remain focused when your favorite apps are your kryptonite? Here are 5 apps that can boost your productivity —and ironically, can also help you stay away from your gadgets!


1. (OFFTIME) – Distraction Free

Who is it for: Smartphone addicts

Available in: iOS, Android

App version: v.kit.3.0.11

Developer: OFFTIME GmbH i.L. c/o

Price: Free with in-app purchases

Mobile addiction is a real thing. While there are many apps nowadays that lets you know the amount of time you spend on your mobile device, OFFTIME takes it further than giving you just alerts. OFFTIME actually lets you customize and limit your phone usage. With OFFTIME, you can create profiles that block calls, texts, and other notifs so you can totally unplug and focus on your reviews. Despite the blockings, you can still designate VIP contacts and receive messages and calls from the people that matter to you. You can also create custom auto-replies so that others will know when you’ll be back

Image source: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=co.offtime.kit

2. Todait – Smart study planner

Who is it for: Students reviewing for board/entrance exams

Available in: iOS, Android

App version: Varies with device

Developer: Todait.com

Price: Free with in-app purchases

Prepping for that much-anticipated college entrance exam? Running through a laundry list of book readings and practice tests can really feel a bit overwhelming. If you don’t know where to start, Todait got you covered! Todait is a study planner that helps plan and divide the materials that you need to study over a specific period of time. It also provides detailed feedback to boost your review experience. Aside from its unique time adjustment and distribution features, Todait also has easy access via widget that you can place on your homescreen without having to open the app. The best thing about Todait? It has a Lock-out Mode that prevents you from getting distracting notifications or using other apps while the stopwatch feature is on.

Image source: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.autoschedule.proto

3. Focus booster

Who is it for: Working students who want to keep track of their time

Available in: iOS, Android

App version: 1.3

Developer: focus booster™

Price: Free, 20 sessions per month; subscription plans start at $2.99

With the amount of paperworks, course projects, and part-time jobs you have on your plate, you can only do so much. If you are hustling on various tasks and aim to achieve more in a day, the Focus booster app might be able to help you. Focus booster uses the “Pomodoro technique” where a timer breaks down work into intervals, traditionally 25 minutes in length, separated by short breaks. The app lets you customize sessions and breath lengths. While the timer is on, Focus booster records your sessions and create timesheets and graphs so you’ll know where you spent your time and help you take control of your distractions. Each time you record your sessions, focus booster automatically creates your timesheets which can be exported as a CSV file reducing the hassle of completing your daily time records!

4. WriteRoom, FocusWriter

Who are they for: Students working on writing projects

Available in: Mac, Windows

App version: FocusWriter – 1.6.15; WriteRoom – Version 3.2.1

Developer: WriteRoom – Hog Bay Software; FocusWriter – Graeme Gott

Price: WriteRoom – $9.99; FocusWriter – $5

Need to write an essay for that dream scholarship you are applying for? Your application can make or break your chances! If you want to put an extra dose of concentration, these apps are great for you! FocusWriter and WriteRoom provide a clean and distraction-free interface on your computer. Hiding menus from the screen other than the word count, it keeps you away from any distractions and lets your creativity flow.

Image source: https://gottcode.org/focuswriter/screenshots/timer_alert_expanded.png

5. AntiSocial, Self Control

Who are they for: Those who can’t stop checking their social media

Available in: iOS, Android

App version: AntiSocial – 1.0.39

Developer: AntiSocial – Bugbean Pty Ltd; Self Control – © Paweł Urbanek

Price: Free

Have you ever experienced answering your homework and then saw your phone light up with notifications? Then minutes and hours passed by and you just found yourself scrolling through an endless stream of newsfeed and tweets. Just like that, your day’s over, and you weren’t able to finish that assignment due tomorrow morning. Familiar? If your mobile life is crying for help, apps like AntiSocial and Self Control can help you fight your social media addiction. Instead of just blocking other applications and sites, AntiSocial for Android users gives you detailed, easy to understand data on how you use your phone and compare it with the “normal usage”. Self Control has similar features with AntiSocial. It also has a blocker that once you start, nothing –even restarting your phone, can stop it. Self Control is available for iOS users.

Sometimes, the best way to find concentration is to totally unplug yourself from your gadgets. Put down your phone and turn off your laptop. Just focus on the moment and find your inner peace. You’ll see your productivity go up and your procrastination time go down!


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