Lets say you've got a presentation due at noon and no matter how hard you try you cant stop procrastinating (you know the feeling). You're scrolling through Pinterest with a crazed look in your eye, probably feeling particularly guilty but you physically can't exit out of the tab. We've all been there.
What Self Control does best is it helps restore your sanity and forces you to get down to business whether you like it or not.
Simply add the time-sucking websites of your choosing to the "blacklist", select a time, and let the countdown begin.
P.S. - If you're anything like me, I'm sure you're already coming up with ways to beat the system in your head, but trust me when I say, there's no turning back once you hit submit.
Go ahead, quit the app or restart your computer, you're still not getting passed the block until it's time, so get to work.
According to Lifehack, the technique works as follows: "for every project throughout the day, you budget your time into short increments and take breaks periodically. You work for 25 minutes, then take break for five minutes. Each 25-minute work period is called a “pomodoro”, named after the Italian word for tomato." (Source: Lifehack)
Why tomato? The name was actually inspired by the tomato kitchen timer that the creator used to track his own tasks.
The overall goal of the technique is to keep your brain fresh, and improve your ability to focus as a result. The timer brings a sense of urgency to the table which is designed to help users move a project along faster to avoid carrying it over to the next pomodoro.
Essentially Focus Booster is a modern version of the late tomato timer. The app lives on your desktop and allows you to set custom timers and schedule breaks to help you increase your productivity through out the day. It's as simple as that.
As a content creator, I read an innumerable amount of blog articles a day in an attempt to stay informed and relevant. They help me to get inspired, uncover new ways of thinking, and expand upon my knowledge base. There's nothing wrong with that, right?
Well, not technically. But all this reading does take up precious time. Sure, it's productive, but what if I could consume information while crossing something else off my list? Who doesn't love to feed two bird with one scone? (I'm not a violent person, what can I say?)
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About Carly Stec
Carly Stec is a Senior Content Strategist and former Marketing Blog Editor at HubSpot. Prior to HubSpot, she got her start here, at IMPACT, as the Content Marketing Manager from September 2013 - March 2015. Carly has a strong affinity for New Haven pizza (#TeamModern) and anything Kate Spade. She currently lives in Boston with her fiddle-leaf fig, Boyd Tinsley.