This Mac application has been around since 2014, but I found about it very recently. Focus is a very simple application to block distracting websites and other Mac applications.

What do you need to do?

Add the websites and other Mac apps you would like to avoid in the Focus preferences. You can schedule automatic Focus sessions or use it as a pomodoro timer.

Activate it just before you set into work. It is very simple.

What Focus does for you in return?

When activated it blocks those websites and apps for you! Then shows you a motivational quote instead.

Some Features:

  • Block websites and apps.
  • Motivate yourself with a quote (when you try to cheat).
    • You can add more quotes on your own too.
  • Schedule sessions.
  • Pomodoro timer.
  • Break mode.
  • Password mode.

I have been using Focus for 8 days now and it has greatly helped me to minimise my time wandering online when I sit to write a haiku or when I have to study for my upcoming exams. I hope it helps you in a way too.

Get Focus here: heyfocus.com


The Pomodoro Technique

There are six steps in this technique:

  1. Decide on the task to be done.
  2. Set the pomodoro timer (usually 25 minutes).
  3. Work on the task.
  4. End work when the timer rings and put a checkmark on a piece of paper.
  5. If you have fewer than four checkmarks, take a short break (3–5 minutes), then go to step 2.
  6. After four pomodoros, take a longer break (15–30 minutes), reset your checkmark count to zero, then go to step 1.
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(“The Pomodoro Technique” source: Wikipedia)