Nobody loves phones more than us at Tesco Mobile, but we must admit, they can often stop us from being productive. With so many distracting apps, games and messages, it can be hard to switch off and get our work done. If you find yourself reaching for your phone, instead of working hard, here’s some of the best concentration apps to help you focus on the task at hand.
If you find yourself constantly distracted by your phone when you’re trying to be productive, then this is the app for you. Freedom allows you to block websites and apps, so you have no choice but to get on with your work. You can start new sessions when you need them, or schedule some distraction-free time in advance if you know you have something important coming up. It works on desktop and mobile, so you can ensure you stay away from the internet.
Boost your productivity by planting virtual trees with Forest. Whenever you want to concentrate on a task, open up the app and plant a seedling. If you manage half an hour without touching your phone, you can add a fully-grown tree to your field and watch it eventually become a forest. If you don’t manage 30 minutes away from your phone, the tree will die. If the guilt of killing a tree isn’t enough to stop you procrastinating, we don’t know what is!
Brain Focus Productivity Timer
This time management app allows you to set a length of time that you would like to work for, then take a much-needed break. The idea behind the app is that you should only work for around 25 minutes, before taking a 5-minute break, then repeat. You’ll be much more productive this way, rather than forcing yourself to power through hours of work without a break. Brain Focus is easy-to-use and shows you how productive you’ve been through handy graphs and statistics.
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Offtime lets you shut out the world, without missing anything urgent. You can block distractions such as apps, calls and texts, but whitelist those who will be able to reach you during your downtime. The app can also auto-reply to messages on your behalf, as well as keep a note of everything you missed while you were away. Offtime provides insights about your phone usage and charts the hours you spend on it each day, highlighting what apps suck up most of your time.
If you spend too much time on your phone when you’re supposed to be working, BreakFree can help you break this habit. The app monitors your phone usage and alerts you when you’ve spent too long on a particular app or are making too many calls. If you use your phone for over an hour straight, BreakFree will let you know and encourage you to take a break. The app also allows you block notifications, disable the internet, reject phone calls and more, so you can get on with your work.