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Top 4 productivity apps to manage your distractions

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The biggest obstruction to a productive workflow is outside distractions.

Online disturbance is hard to avoid, with media outlets pumping out both intriguing and irrelevant content by the minute, marketing content coming straight into your inbox and Facebook being all too tempting no matter what time of day.

We’ve discovered four new apps you need in your life in order to alleviate those distractions on your terms.

How often do you find yourself scrolling through the bottomless pit that is the News Feed? Whether it’s the latest trending video or your friend’s sixth gym post this week, more often than not it’s far too easy to lose hours mindlessly drifting through bland content. Queue the Newsfeed Eradicator. This app removes the standard content on your News Feed and replaces it inspirational quotes. While a few of these are motivating to begin with, there’s only so many one can handle, meaning you’ll be back on task in no time.

Implementing self control is something that is a lot easier said than done. There’s now an app that does the hard work for you. With a mission to make it as simple as possible for you to find peace and quiet, in order to get work done. The Freedom App prevents distractions on your phone, tablet or computer. Their software enables you to schedule block out periods for websites and emails, so that you won’t be tempted to interrupt your productivity flow.

All too often we find ourselves reading online articles, even if we don’t have time to, for fear we will lose them into the black hole that is the internet. Alternatively we will have around 14 tabs open with things to read, when the time is better. Enter Pocket, an app designed to save all those interesting articles and videos, for you to go back and enjoy when you’ve got more time on your hands. Pocket works with your phone, tablet and computer to sync all saved links, and make them accessible when it’s more convenient for you. A bonus is that through Pocket you have the option to view these links offline, a great app option for frequent flyers.

The amount of time we’ve wasted over the years, while spent trying to decipher log in details, for a website that was last used approximately three years ago, is something we dare not think about. With Lastpass there’s no need to continue trying to figure out those pesky credentials. Lastpass is a password manager app that helps you file all your various log ins, meaning you only need to remember the one you use to access the app. Gone are the days of having to undergo the tedious task of resetting a password.

It doesn’t matter what apps you use, as long as you are managing your distractions, staying on task and mindful of when your productivity starts to slow down. If we’ve missed any of your favorite productivity apps let us know in the comments!


July 18, 2016 at 12.35 pm

I have used Lastpass for the past year. Highly recommended!

July 18, 2016 at 6.38 pm

Also used LastPass for over a year and can recommend. There are other Password Management apps in the market – pick one that suits you but they have certainly saved me time.

John Buck
July 21, 2016 at 1.16 am

Simply File for Outlook used in conjunction with a GTD (Getting Things Done) methodology will revolutionise your working life.

April 1, 2020 at 3.16 am

I really love the Pocket app! One of the most favourites of mine. The other one is NordPass. It’s a super easy to password manager. Never estimated how much time can a password manager save. (https://nordpass.com/)

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