Anti-Procrastination Apps [URL & App Blockers]

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by norbiu, Mar 9, 2010.

  1. norbiu macrumors member

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    Hi, I'm looking for a URL & app blocking software for the Mac. I downloaded Concentrate, which is perfect, except for the fact that there's no concentration enforcement, so I can switch it off any time I want to and get back to all the stuff I shouldn't be doing.

    Any ideas?
     
  2. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    Anything you install can be overridden/turned off/uninstalled by you. There's no software substitute for self-discipline.
     
  3. Gregg2 macrumors 603

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    ...like not doing things you shouldn't be doing? ;)
     
  4. jeremyisweary macrumors member

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    Yeah, Concentrate's pretty much the best you're going to find. Try turning off your modem, that'll help. I understand the feeling though. I went ahead and made an "activity" for study breaks with Concentrate, so it'll open up the apps I use when I'm breaking and shut them off when my time is up. Over time, I just got used to it, and I became more disciplined as a result.
     
  5. juliainor macrumors member

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    Concentrate is great. If that's not enough enforced discipline for you, well, you have issues that software can't solve ;)

    Seriously, it's just software. You can't expect it to *change you.*

    I use Concentrate to keep me on a single focus of either school or work rather than multitasking with both and being less efficient. It's a nice tool to keep me from flipping between tasks and getting distracted from the deadline I'm working on. But I can't expect it to be more than that. The actual discipline has to come from me, not Concentrate.

    Good luck.
     
  6. jems87 macrumors newbie

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    Theres actually an App called "self control" you set how long you want it to last, and it blocks the internet completely. I haven't found a way to unblock it once it's blocked, not even restarting will stop it. :p

    here's the link to the App.
    http://visitsteve.com/work/selfcontrol/
     
  7. Jiten macrumors 6502a

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    Perhaps researching on improving your habits or asking a professional for help will probably yield better results then relying on software to fight procrastination.
     
  8. dknightd macrumors 6502

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