The internet is probably my number one time waster and distraction. This is heightened the moment I have to study. And if I have to use my computer while completing a paper, or to look something up when studying, it’s a wonder I get anything done.
I know I’m not the only student who struggles with procrastination. With exam period coming up, I thought it was about time to curb my own distractible nature when it comes to the internet. I found a couple of apps that are geared towards solving this problem!
Self Control is the first app I found. What it does is blocks your browser for an amount of time you set. The time is in increments of 15, so it makes it easy to study for a chunk of time that works for you. Another great feature is that you are able to black list (list of websites you cannot use), or white list (the only websites you can use). This way you can keep yourself off the distracting websites, but still use the internet for its useful purposes. There is no way to make Self Control stop working so even in moments of weakness you still can’t check twitter. Unfortunately Self Control works only on Mac computers.
Anti-Social is a very similar application to Self Control and also only works for Macs. It comes with an already programmed black list that blocks almost all forms of social media websites and video based websites like YouTube. You can add to this black list to include other websites that attract your attention when trying to get work done. However this app can be shut off by rebooting your computer, so you will have to exercise some of your own control. There is a free trial available, but after that it costs about $15 to have a registered version.
Freedom is an application that runs on both Macs and PCs. It completely blocks access to the internet for whatever time period you specify. You can reboot to return online if your time limit isn’t up yet. This app also has a free trial and costs $10 after that.
Self Control was the app that I liked the best, as its free, you can’t turn it off, and you decide which websites that you can or cannot use! Another use of this app is to know when to take short breaks…when the time is up on Self Control, I know it is okay to stretch my legs, check Facebook and then get back to work.
These are the apps that are the simplest, and in my opinion the best fit for student life. However this article lists a bunch more applications that you might find useful. Hopefully one of these apps is useful to you for this exam period. Write in the comments if you have found any more apps (for Macs and/or PCs) that help you with being productive!