How to Stop Procrastinating, Increase Productivity, and Get Things Done, NOW!
Focus Me is the most powerful productivity software to block distracting websites and applications. Guaranteed to help you Stop Procrastination and Increase Your Productivity.
Focus Me is the most powerful productivity tool to block distracting websites or applications. Guaranteed to help you Stop Procrastination and Increase Your Productivity. Focus Me can block any distraction on your computer including websites, games and applications. You will gain Freedom from distractions on the Internet and your Productivity will be unleashed!
What do people say about Focus Me?
Far and away the best productivity software I’ve used (out of 3-4 ish, and creating my own). I’ve had it for weeks/months and it always keeps me on task and cuts out hours of wasted time. Kudos! - Carlos Matias La Borde
Focus Me is the only reason I ever get anything done. Highly recommended. - Robert Smith
Focus Me (Distraction Blocker) is just what I needed. Like so many people, I get working and forget to take breaks. This also prevents me from ignoring the other countdown times I have tried in the past. Good job. Thanks. - Bob A
Focus Me does exactly what the description says and I appreciate its power to block distractions.. if you need a good distraction blocker that uses time slices and has powerful controls, Focus Me is highly recommended. - Jim Skintauy
This little beauty will block practically anything you ask it to, even the windows task manager.. if other programs are too easy to get around without a full system reboot, this may be for you. - Reddit User
Block Internet Sites
Focus Me can block access in any browser to social networking sites like facebook, twitter, reddit, youtube and any other Internet sites that prevent you from being productive. It doesn’t matter which browser you try to open the site in, Focus Me will prevent access while you have committed to getting things done.
Focus Me can block access to any software on your computer. You choose the applications either by the name of the application e.g. Skype or “Microsoft Outlook” or by the process name e.g. “outlook.exe”.
Schedule your Work
With the Focus Me Scheduler you can run a saved block or focus session at the times that you set. For example you might want to block facebook and youtube from 9am until 1pm. You can create any many scheduled focus/block sessions as you want and have these repeat daily or weekly.
Take a Break
Taking breaks from your computer is important for your health. Focus Me can remind you to take these as times you choose. If you need it, Focus Me will completely block access to your computer to force you to take a break. Your brain will be rested and you’ll be more productive when you return.
Why is Focus Me the best distraction blocker?
There are many reasons! Here’s a few:
- You control how easy or difficult it is to end a focus session. Type in a random password of anything between 5 and 100 characters. There is also a forced mode if you need even stronger control.
- Want to block something extra in the middle of a session? No problem! You can add it with Focus Me without needing to unlock first.
- Want to add time to your focus session without giving it the chance to run out? Also easy!
- You decide what happens to the websites or applications that you want to block. Options include:
- If you restart your computer Focus Me will continue blocking where it left off (configurable).
- Two modes: Focus and Block – Either block specific websites/applications OR only allow specific websites/applications.
The Pomodoro Technique (aka Timeboxing)
The Pomodoro Technique is a time management method created in the 1980s by an Italian named Francesco Cirillo. The method is named after the kitchen timer shaped like a tomato, or ‘pomodoro’ in Italian. The method is based on the idea that alternating periods of work and rest can improve your mental agility.
There are five basic steps to implementing the technique:
- Decide on the task to be done
- Set the pomodoro timer to n minutes (traditionally 25)
- Work on the task until the timer rings; record with an x
- Take a short break (3-5 minutes)
- Every four “pomodori” take a longer break (15–30 minutes)
The stages of planning, tracking, recording, processing and visualizing are fundamental to the technique. In the planning phase tasks are prioritized by recording them in a “To Do Today” list. This enables users to estimate the effort tasks require. As “pomodori” are completed, they are recorded, adding to a sense of accomplishment and providing raw data for subsequent self-observation and improvement.
An essential aim of the technique is to reduce the impact of internal and external interruptions on focus and flow.
Focus Me has a built in Pomodoro Timer which is fully configurable. Just tell Focus Me how long you want your focus and break sessions to be, and it will do the rest!
The History of Focus Me
Back in 2005 I had a job developing software working from home, and I found myself procrastinating on my work more and more to the point where it was out of control! I was not getting any work done! I tried some other blocker tools but they all had very limited features and were so easy to bypass. So in 2006 I started developing Distraction Blocker. Over 8 years of development have now gone into Focus Me. It supports Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7 and Windows 8.
For as long as I can remember, emails, forums, facebook and instant messengers had a way of sucking me in and zapping my productivity in the process. On some days, I would check email in the morning and by the time I was done with all my favorite sites, two hours had passed. By that time, there was already new email again as well, so I just kept getting stuck in the OCD loop.
I went through an MSN conversation I had with a friend of mine to look up a link to a website, and I realized how much we had really been talking via messenger. It doesn’t seem like a lot because it only takes a couple of seconds to type a message… But when you go through the entire log of a conversation, you realize that it could fill a book. If you were to write it all in one sitting, it would take days and weeks of work… And that’s exactly how much time you actually end up losing.
At one point in 2012, an acquaintance of mine recommended focusme.co. I was on a serious quest to stop myself from getting distracted at the time, and so I tried a couple of other programs on the market, but Focus Me was by far the simplest and most functional one.
I’m now able to stay away from private email and forums first thing in the morning… In fact, I don’t check any of the distracting websites and messengers until I’m done with ALL my work for the day. What did that do for my productivity? Well, by the end of the year, I had my business at a point where it made 15,000 dollars in a single week. I had never even seen that much money in one place before.
All the constant distractions had really been one of the main things that kept holding me back… and they’re so insidious because they seem like such a small thing. Just check email for a minute… just reply to that comment on Facebook… just say hi to a friend who just logged onto Skype. And before you know the day is over.
I don’t think my business would be even half as big as it is now with Focus Me. What’s that worth over a life time? I’m not sure. A million dollars? I’ve been recommending this little tool to all my friends and clients. The best part – customer service has been great and I’ve always received immediate feedback about any questions or difficulty I had with the software.
I never cease to be amazed how much I can actually get done in a single day when being productive is the only thing there IS to do, because Focus Me won’t LET me do anything else… Not even a second. Set it on forced mode, block all websites that don’t drive revenue for 12 hours and see what happens to your bank account. Absolutely love it. - Thomas A., San Diego
The designer of Focus Me (Distraction Blocker), Jon, has just developed a software that can rival Freedom. Freedom completely cuts off your internet connection, but total internet blackout is not always the best solution as internet, although a source of distractions, can also make your work easier. Instead, you want to BLOCK JUST THE TIME-DRAINERS.
In comes Focus Me, a program that not only blocks time-sinking websites but also programs (for example, Outlook/ThunderBird. What’s the point of blocking email sites if you can sidestep them by using an email client?).
Not only does Focus Me ban programs/sites discriminately but also allows you to take work breaks from your computer. In fact, it FORCES you to take breaks; let’s be honest, very few people have enough self-discipline to take regular breaks. All in all, Jon’s software is like a Swiss Army knife for the distraction junkie. - Warren
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