What are the best resources for concentration?

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    #1SelfControl

    SelfControl
    SelfControl is a free Mac app that'll force you to focus; it blocks your mail servers, specific websites... or even the entire Internet if you needed it... for a period of time, of course. You won't be able to access this sites even if you restart the computer or delete de app.
    Software

    Mac

    Free

    Philip Jenkins
    Written on February 14, 2017
    "If every morning you convince yourself that today is going to be a very productive day, but then fall into the trap of checking your emails, then running through the top news stories of the day, and then checking game scores, this is the app for you. Whenever you finally make the decision to install and use this app you will understand just how often you want to be distracted. Every few minutes you will open a new tab without putting much thought into it and then you will realize that you can't visit the site you were already envisioning going to because it's blocked by SelfControl. The awareness of this pull of concentration will help train your mind to stay in the moment and focus on your current task, hopefully so over time you can focus to the best of your ability without needing this app."
  2. 10

    #2RescueTime

    RescueTime

    RescueTime is a performance evaluation software that measures‚ which websites or app you use most. The final time is grouped in categories so you can really see how do you spend time. Prepare to have some shocking revelations.

    Software

    Windows, Mac, Android

    Free- Varies by plan

    Alan Hawkins
    Written on February 6, 2017
    "I was wondering where all my time was going and how I might be more efficient. I installed this app and tracked my time over the last month. I spent some time reviewing all the data on my activities and found that I am pretty efficient with my time. I do spend a lot of time going in and out of emails, so I'm going to try to streamline that time as my first priority and study the logs weekly. This is they only tool I know that can help me track my activity in the background."
  3. 9

    #3Focus

    Focus
    Focus is a menu-bar app for Mac and iOS that allows you to block distracting websites and apps on all your browsers, and organise your work with a minimalistic task list. It includes a Pomodoro-inspired timer to divide work into units of time.
    Software

    Mac

    $19.99- free trial available

    Patrick Nelson
    Written on February 1, 2017
    "I can clearly vouch for "Focus" when it comes to doing any kind of work, be it school or professional when you absolutely need to focus on the task at hand. Focus basically is a lock that prevents you from going to certain blocked websites while you are in work mode, preventing you from letting your mind wander to another place."
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    #4FocusWriter

    FocusWriter
    If you are a writer and need to focus on your job/passion, FocusWriter will help you re-creating a world processor-like environment, blocking everything in your screen except, well, your writing.
    Software

    Windows, Mac

    Free- You can donate if you want

    Shreyas Singhal
    Written on January 25, 2017
    "If while writing you are easily distracted, FocusWriter can help. When I am writing, I find myself seeing other programs either open on my computer or I just know that wonderful distractions away just an alt+tab away. FocusWriter gives me a background that is pleasant to work on so that I am less tempted to stray from my assignments. I can also use the timer tools to set goals for my writing and allow myself breaks ever so often."
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    #5freedom

    freedom

    freedom is a software that blocks the Internet, social media and even apps. But it doesn't block life. There's also an iOS version that has been temporarily removed although freedom can still be downloaded through Mac and Windows.

    Software

    Windows, Mac, Chrome

    Free- There's a premium version

    Louis Lewis
    Written on January 23, 2017
    "This app is a very unique way to make sure you are concentrating on the tasks at hand that you need to get done. This allows you to block all distractions your phone such as email, texts, and internet, so you have no choice but to be diligent in your work!"
  3. 5

    #6Go For It!

    Go For It!

    A modern, open source, to-do list application with built-in "Productivity timer" functionality. Simple to use and very useful. *NO LONGER AVAILABLE*

    Software

    Christopher Davidson
    Written on February 10, 2017
    "If you are like me, you can have difficulty staying on task. The Go For It program allows me to create a to-do list for my day and then check off the tasks as I complete them. I can even set a timer for myself to ensure that I complete the work within a reasonable amount of time. This has been a great tool for my productivity!"
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    #7FocusBooster

    FocusBooster
    FocusBooster is based on the principles of the Pomodoro Technique: you will focus on a single task for 25 minutes and the take a 5-minute break. FocusBooster combines this technique with the classical to-do list system.
    Software

    Windows, Mac

    Free- There's premium versions

    William Hill
    Written on January 7, 2017
    "I like many people have a hard time concentrating on certain task. I always feel like if I'm not on my phone or watching tv or on social media I'm missing something. I ran across this focus booster app that changed that. I have the ability to monitor whatever session im doing, look at time sheets of my progress, understand how I personally work in order to improve myself and just keep track of how my day went. Overall, great app, I love seeing the progress and where my time is going."
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    #8Focus: The Hidden Driver of Excellence

    Focus: The Hidden Driver of Excellence
    Daniel Goleman, Emotional Intelligence creator, shares with us some insights and tips to learn how to be more focuses at work, with our passions and in life.
    Books

    Check price

    Gregory Medina
    Written on September 5, 2017
    "I feel the Daniel Goleman is an excellent psychologist and I have read a few of his books and all have been very interesting. Now, to get to the point of resources for concentration, I think this book is more of a look into different types of focus and it may help some people. I can not say that this is the best resource for concentration though."
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    #9Mindly

    Mindly
    Mindly helps to organize your inner universe. Give a structure to your thoughts, capture ideas, plan a speech, take notes. It is up to you. The universe is yours.
    Apps

    Android, iOS

    Free- with in-app purchases

    Gabriel Salgado
    Written on January 14, 2017
    "We face distractions everyone, it could be the facebook post or a message on the phone, we are always bombarded with information asking for our attention. I wanted something to help me calm down and focus on the important things. Mindly was the answer for me. It says it helps to organize your inner universe. I could not agree more. I perform better with a calmer mind after using this for about 3 months now."
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    #10buddhify

    buddhify

    Buddhify is a mobile app to help you whether you're looking to reduce stress and anxiety or get a better night's sleep buddhify has easy-to-follow guided meditations to help with all parts of your life.

    Apps

    Android, iOS

    $2.99

    Roger Brooks
    Written on January 19, 2017
    "If you're anything like me, you want to meditate, but just don't know how or where to start! With the Buddhify app, that is no longer a problem. It shows me exactly how to get the most out of meditation and helps me to figure out what I hope to achieve by doing it. The app is easy to use and contains various types of meditations. There are short tracks, long ones and timers to help guide you to meditate better."
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    #11Finding Your Element: How to Discover Your Talents and Passions and Transform Your Life

    Finding Your Element: How to Discover Your Talents and Passions and Transform Your Life
    Finding Your Element is a practical book that will help you a) discover how you spend your time, b) what its worth for you of what you do and c) discover everything that you could do with joy and passions but you don't know it yet.
    Books

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    Amit Patel
    Written on January 5, 2017
    "While sometimes I still have issues concentrating, this book has helped me understand how to improve it. Being able to understand how my unique experiences and interests affect my professional life and productivity has been invaluable."
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    #12The Practicing Mind: Developing Focus and Discipline in Your Life

    The Practicing Mind: Developing Focus and Discipline in Your Life
    The methods Sterner teaches in this book show that practice does properly isn't drudgery on the way to mastery but a fulfilling process of building focus, mind-calming clarity, and joy-filled effort in and of itself.
    Books

    Check price

    Matthew Bishop
    Written on February 21, 2017
    "I've always wanted to own my own business, but lacked the courage and discipline to do so. But I was completely miserable in my retail job. So, on whim, I bought this book. It was the best choice I've could have made for myself. It inspired me to start my dream of opening up a custom cake and cupcake shop! It's going really well, and I fear if not for this book I would have never took the plunge to open my store."
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    #13Timely

    Timely

    Timely is a time tracking app specially developed for companies and enterprises to get an auto tracking of their workers. Its simple and clean interface allows you to focus on what really matters: the time tracking of your company. 

    Apps

    Web, iOS, Android, Windows, Mac

    Free

    Gloria Mendez
    Written on December 1, 2017
    "I use this app to monitor employees on my team. It's a good way to track that information for when I have to give annual reviews. The dashboard is steamlined and easy to use at a glance. "
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    #14Brain Focus Productivity Timer

    Brain Focus Productivity Timer

    Brain Focus is a time-management application that helps you get things done. The app is available on Android devices and comes with a Pomodoro Technique timer to maximize productivity.

    Apps

    Android

    Free- with in-app purchases

    Jason Armstrong
    Written on January 15, 2017
    "As a poker professional, it can be difficult to know when to stop and take a break, due to the rhythm I often find myself in. The Brain Focus Productivity Timer lets me keep track of how long I've been working for, as well as what tasks I've accomplished and what else I need to do. It has helped me with my productivity, as I don't feel bad taking a break since I know how much I've done during the work timings. I can adjust the work and break times as well to match my personal needs. "
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    #15Be Focused Pro

    Be Focused Pro

    Be Focused is a Focus Timer App that allows you to perform your activities by dividing individual tasks into discrete intervals, separated by brief pauses. Organize your work and track your progress throughout the day, week or custom period.

    Apps

    Mac, iOS

    $4.99

    Linda Chen
    Written on March 11, 2018
    "This is a great tool to help keep you on task. It is user friendly and allows syncing to other devices. "
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    #16TMetric

    TMetric

    TMetric is a time tracker tool that has multiple integrations so you can use it together with other platforms with its interface that's easy to use and simple to understand. It allow you to keep track of time intervals and budgets easily.

    Apps

    iOS, Android, Windows, Mac, Chrome Browser Extension, Firefox Browser Extension, Opera Browser Extension, Linux

    Free- Varies by plan

    Lawrence Duncan
    Written on February 5, 2018
    "I mean, as just keeping track of time it appears to do so, but I do not seem to understand the reason behind getting this app. It is under tested and do not seem to offer as much as just what is already built into your phone for clock settings and alarms. Also many mainstream banks offer apps that have built in budgeting. "

Summary

Best What are the best resources for concentration
RankSolutionsTypeVotesPrice
1SelfControlSoftware 12 Free
2RescueTimeSoftware 10 Free
3FocusSoftware 9 Paid
4FocusWriterSoftware 8 Free
5freedomSoftware 7 Free
6Go For It!Software 5 Paid
7FocusBoosterSoftware 4 Free
8Focus: The Hidden Driver of ExcellenceBooks 3 Paid
9MindlyApps 3 Free
10buddhifyApps 2 Paid
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