Be Productive — 5 Apps to Help You Concentrate

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With back to school season in full force, it’s time to get your head back in the game. After a summer of constant fun, it can be hard to get back into the swing of things. Whether you’re heading back to school, sending your kiddies back on the school bus or facing some big projects this fall—we’re here to help you get focused and stay focused. These are some of our favorite apps to help you keep your eyes on the prize and be as productive as possible!

Focus

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Photo: Lifehacker.com

Ok so we’re all guilty of zoning out and perusing the web rather than focusing on the task at hand. Whether you’re studying or finishing up a project, it’s way too easy to get sucked into a downward spiral of browsing online. Sure, we need breaks to help us get our work done, but what about when you absolutely need to meet a deadline? Focus will become your best friend. You are easily able to block the websites and apps that you know distract you the most for certain amounts of time. Whether you only want to block them for 15 minutes to get that conclusion paragraph done or you want to block all social media for two hours so you can cram for your final? This app hooks you up and you’ll be grateful for it.

Available for download on your Mac computer.

FitBolt

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Photo: Cnet.com

After sitting at your desk for an extended period of time your body starts feeling restless. Whenever I start feeling cramped up it immediately distracts me and I can’t help but focus on my general physical discomfort. If this is an issue for you too, then FitBolt will definitely come to your rescue! You will be reminded and instructed throughout the day to do exercises and stretches at your desk that will get your blood flowing and in the end make you more productive. You can set up a timer so that every 45 minutes a popup will appear and teach you how to do a desk exercise. There will also be other reminders about grabbing a healthy snack! Being sedentary for too long isn’t helpful when you’re working on that essay that’s due in the morning!

Available for download on any computer and simply integrate with your Fitbit if you have one.

Headspace

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Photo: Themetropolist.com

Meditating is proven to be one of the most efficient things to do to help destress both your mind and body. Do you know what else it is good for? Helping you focus in your day-to-day life! Start your day before class by doing a meditation routine from Headspace that is fit to your mood and lifestyle and you’ll be able to get through your day more peacefully and focused! Feeling a bit unmotivated at the halfway point? Do a quick 10-minute session during lunch and get ready to conquer the rest of your day!

Available for download on your Apple or Android device.

Luminosity

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Photo: Theguardian.com

Brain games are one of the best activities to help keep your mind active and sharp. Rather than looking at your social media on your phone during breaks, do some challenging games on Luminosity. By forcing yourself to solve puzzles and riddles, you’ll be exercising your mind and getting yourself extremely focused on the task at hand. Train your mind to work in these ways and you’ll become more capable of concentrating during classes or while doing work.

Available for download on your Apple or Android device.

Time Out

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Photo: Dejal.com

Being in the zone is a great thing when you’re in a good creative flow. But what about when you find that you’ve been sitting at the computer for hours doing work and you’ve forgotten to even eat?! Breaks are important for producing high quality work. Forcing yourself to power through an assignment is ambitious, but isn’t always the best route to take. If you’re one of those people who can’t seem to tear their fingers away from the keyboard then Time Out is for you. You’ll be reminded (and forced) to take intermittent breaks. Take a step back from your work, reevaluate what you’ve accomplished already and then get back to it with a fresh perspective! Oh, and this app is definitely beneficial for those who get headaches from staring at the screen for too long!

Available for download on your Mac computer.

What are your favorite apps for helping yourself stay focused? Let us know in the comments so we can test them out too!