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Popling lets you "learn without studying" (or annoy yourself)

Distractions... can't live with them, can't live without them. At least that's how it goes for me. Popling tries to take that tendency and make it into something productive. It's a flash-card type application (stand-alone or Firefox add-on), which pops up every few minutes while you're busy doing something else and queries you on one of a set of questions included in your "Popling." A Popling is l...

AwayFind helps you stop compulsively checking email

The first thing you should know about AwayFind is that it's still in closed beta. That's important to know, because I think many of you would probably like to try it right now. It's a partial solution to one of the most irritating office problems: email overload. Like every tool, email can be used in a good or a bad way. Most of the stuff we get is distracting junk, but some emails are actually...

CinemaDrape blacks out distractions so you can focus on the task at hand

Avoiding distractions on while working your computer can be tricky business. Fortunately, there are plenty of great, free apps out there to help you get things done! CinemaDrape, for example, is a great way to turn off the "background noise" so you can focus on one particular app or area of your screen. You can download an installable version of CinemaDrape or grab the portable remix and run i...

Shocker: study shows visual alerts distract you from doing work

The results of a new study show that you could get serious productivity gains by disabling visual alerts on incoming email, tweets, instant messages and the like. This isn't a big surprise I'm sure -- companies have been stamping down on 'rampant email reading' throughout the work day for a while now -- but what is surprising is just how much a single alert window can throw you off-track. It's no...

Focus Booster helps you stay focused

Distraction is the enemy of focus. If you work at a computer all day, the possibilities for distraction are limitless. One way to stay focused is to use the technique of a firmly regimented working period followed by a short break period that I first came across at Merlin Mann's 43 Folders site. His technique suggested using 10 minutes of work followed by 2 minutes of rest, but the recently popula...

Block out online distractions by force with SelfControl

SelfControl is a Mac app aimed at stopping you from indulging in online distractions while you're trying to get your work done. The way it goes about that is pretty extreme: it disables access to distracting sites of your choice, and all email servers, for a period of time you specify. Even restarting won't remove the block; you'll just have to wait for the time to run out. You can still use other...

Freedom frees you (and your Mac) from the horror of the internet

If you're anything like me, you're probably at least a little bit addicted to your internet connection. The first thing I do when I wake up is check my email and RSS feeds, and it's also the last thing I do before going to sleep. But that addiction can sometimes be a problem. Staying on-task these days is not easy, particularly if you work at an internet-connected computer. The possible distracti...