While the internet is a fantastic tool to use for various reasons, not all of those reasons are a productive use of your time. You can become easily distracted by websites like Facebook, YouTube, Tumblr, and Reddit, and that’s why it’s important to have access to apps you can use in order to keep you productive. For this reason, we’ve compiled a list of five webpage blockers we believe are the best in helping you stay on track and not get distracted. Take a look and discover which one is right for you!
We like this web blocker the most because the developer created two versions for both Mac (SelfControl) and Windows (SelfRestraint) users. It blocks selected websites and mail servers for a predetermined period of time, and unlike a number of blockers out there, you cannot override it’s restriction until that time has expired. Not even restarting your computer can deactivate it! All you have to do is wait for the timer to run out. Best of all, this app is free!
2. Rescue Time
This app is perfect for you if you want to be proactive about improving your productivity. Like many other blockers in our list, this one sets itself apart by allowing you to track how you use your time on the computer. The app monitors your internet usage and then provides you with easy to read reports so that you’ll know just how productive you really are while you surf the web. Need an application that will alert you of your usage time on a particular website? RescueTime does that too!
If you are looking for a browser extension that blocks webpages, Google Chrome offers this one. With StayFocused, you can block entire sites or specific subdomains, paths, pages, or even specific in-page content like videos, games, and images. It also works in restricting the amount of time you spend on such webpages by only allowing you to spend a prescribed amount of time on them. Once you’ve exhausted your allotment, blocked sites remain inaccessible for the rest of the day.
4. Leech Block
Another blocker available as an extension is Mozilla Firefox’s Leech Blocker. You can choose up to six sets of sites to block and specify how you want to block them. You can even set up a password for access to the extension options in order to fortify yourself in moments of weakness.
If you need an app that blocks all access to the internet while you are at work, we’ve included Freedom as an option. As a full blocker, all you have to do is tell the app how long you need to be offline and it takes care of the rest by disabling your ability to access the web. By doing so, the app allows you to concentrate on important work that takes place offline. If for any reason you need to get back online, all that is required to deactivate the blocker is a quick reboot of your computer.
We hope our list has sparked your interest in trying at least one out. The apps are easy to use and can help you create the ideal conditions you need to improve productivity. Most apps listed here range in price between $5 and $10 US, but if you are looking for a free app like SelfControl, there are many alternatives out there.
Have you ever been distracted by these websites while working? Do you think these apps will keep you more productive? Share with us your thoughts in the comments section below.