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How To Temporarily Block Distracting Websites

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Introduction

Do you usually get distracted by anything when starting a project, studying or working? Especially if you work from home or you are preparing for exams, concentration is a fundamental ingredient to obtain good results. You must season it with motivation, discipline, and strength of will, capacity for organization and a space of its own with the right conditions to perform your activity in an optimal state, without discomfort or interruption. And in the 21st century, the distractions that weigh on our concentration multiply: from notifications on social networks to ads in applications, multimedia entertainment or invasive online advertising that we can suffer while working. That is why today, we need to take help of various tools or applications to block websites temporarily that will help us to put aside procrastination and be more productive than ever.

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How to temporarily block distracting websites

Maybe something similar has happened to you: you sit down to study, but you always end up distracted by your cell phone or your computer. Relax, we have the solution for you! Here, we present 5 tools to temporarily block websites during your study time and achieve maximum concentration:

1. KeepMeOut

This online service allows you to configure alerts for certain web pages so that we miss a warning if we try to access them more than a certain number of times. It can also be configured to be active only at certain times. Works with any browser without installing anything. KeepMeOut allows you to block a website for the period of time you want. You can create a bookmark with the access settings to receive a warning message.

Features:

  • Can block access to URLs via bookmarks on weekdays or all days
  • Allows users to change the frequency
  • Gives statistics for successful and unsuccessful attempts
  • Gives warning message
  • Easy two-step set up

It works on any operating system- Windows XP, Vista, 7, 8, Mac OS X, Linux etc. This service is totally free. It is compatible with Android device especially.

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2. StayFocusd

StayFocusd is an extension for the Chrome browser that highly operative to block websites temporarily as we specify. It is highly configurable, and can even be programmed to work for a few days. It is a useful web application to force you to focus on your work for the day instead of browsing through addictive, non-productive sites.

Features:

  • Blocks and manages addictive time-sucking websites
  • Custom URL set to know what part of the website's domain to block or not
  • Lightweight and simple to install and uninstall
  • Countdown clock pauses when you leave the active window or tab

Stayfocusd is free on Google Chrome. The extension will work on various platforms such as Mac, Windows, Linux, etc. It is compatible with iOS devices.

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3. Leechblock

Similar to StayFocusd, but for Firefox, LeechBlock allows you to create groups of web pages and limit their access. It allows you to temporarily block websites that you don’t want. You can specify up to six sites to block, and different times and days for each site. It also integrates a security mode that blocks everything we have configured to avoid any distraction.

Features:

  • Detailed configuration of the blockade
  • Supports up to six sets of different sites
  • Import and export of profiles
  • Blocking statistics
  • Password protection

LeechBlock is a simple free productivity tool. It works on the Windows 8 operating system.

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4. Cold Turkey

Cold Turkey is an exclusive application for Windows environments that limits access to web pages and applications as we see fit. Also, do not be fooled even if we change the system time or try to close the application. This program serves to temporarily block websites with a high level of personalization, being able to choose the days or hours that we do not want some websites to distract us.

Features:

  • Motivational block pages
  • Block websites
  • Block the Internet with wildcards
  • Block Applications
  • Daily time limits and breaks

Cold Turkey is free basically. But it has a Pro version which costs a one-time payment of $25 CAD. It is available for Windows, Mac, and Android.

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5. SelfControl

SelfControl allows you to block a website which you add to the blacklist, and also block e-mail (incoming and outgoing) for a certain period of time. The operation of it is simple. Simply make a list of prohibited sites. Then we slide the indicator to choose how long we want access to be prevented and we give it to start. It continues to work even if we force the application to close or restart. While it is running, you cannot stop it or uninstall it, and restarting the computer will not help.

Features:

  • Add Websites to Your Blacklist
  • Add Websites to Your Whitelist
  • You can set the Block Duration
  • It is an open-source project

It's free and open-source, but it's only for Mac OS X.

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FamiSafe - The Best Parental Control for Android and iPhone

When our teens browse the internet on their smartphones they may go flying time looking at Facebook, Twitter or YouTube videos. It often costs them to focus on other things, or forget about them. If your kids are addicted to surfing the net and you need a little help to avoid the temptation when they need to focus on other things, FamiSafe should be your best choice. The parental control, compatible with Android and iPhone, is the best market application that can encourage concentration of your teens and block websites that are damaging.

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Features:

  • Block and monitor Websites
  • Track real-time GPS location
  • Block certain apps
  • Track and control screen time
  • Flexible remote control

Using FamiSafe you can block your child's iPhone at a particular time or place. You can also restrict your child's access to inappropriate websites and apps.

Conclusion

Sometimes it is simply necessary to block a website from the Internet in order to finish something. We live in an interconnected world to such an extent that it is almost impossible to escape. Digital distractions are too many and affect our work rate. That's why it's so easy to get distracted and end up losing valuable time in the case of our children. And if they just depend on their willpower, they are likely to give in to temptation. Instead, you can build a work environment for your teens that leads to better efficiency. But in the worst case, disconnecting the internet is better. However, many others need more than that: an external force that really makes it difficult for us to connect to that vortex that is the Internet. If you are a parent the application FamiSafe will be your best solution getting rid of this kind of anxiety. The tool is available at App Store or Google Play. Do not wait to install it free!

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Sometimes it is simply necessary to block a website from the Internet in order to finish something. We live in an interconnected world to such an extent that it is almost impossible to escape. Digital distractions are too many and affect our work rate. That's why it's so easy to get distracted and end up losing valuable time in the case of our children. And if they just depend on their willpower, they are likely to give in to temptation. Instead, you can build a work environment for your teens that leads to better efficiency. But in the worst case, disconnecting the internet is better. However, many others need more than that: an external force that really makes it difficult for us to connect to that vortex that is the Internet. If you are a parent the application FamiSafe will be your best solution getting rid of this kind of anxiety. The tool is available at App Store or Google Play. Do not wait to install it free!

Thomas Jones by Thomas Jones Updated Aug 14,2018 9:42 am
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