What are the best resources to remain focused on a given task?

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    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.


    $19.99- free trial available

    Emma Tang
    Written on January 2, 2018
    "My husband and I both love this app for how productive it helps me to be! Focus is easy to use and really does as it claims to do. I was finding it impossible to focus on tasks between the constant messages, emails and apps on my phone. This app blocks all of those out for me and even has a focus timer and goal tracker! It's great for just everything from getting work done to blocking of a specific amount of time each day for your family. Highly recommend! "
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    #2Brain 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.



    Free- with in-app purchases

    Philip Jenkins
    Written on April 15, 2018
    "Do you have trouble staying on task? Would you like to find a way to help manage your time better in order to complete more throughout your day? The Brain Focus Productivity Timer is your all in one tool to help you get things done efficiently. I have been using this app for a while now and I have seen my productivity skyrocket."
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    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.

    Windows, Mac

    Free- There's premium versions

    Edward Cooper
    Written on January 9, 2018
    "Sometimes I can easily be distracted when am doing a certain task and since I started using this Focus Booster,am able to avoid distractions for like 25 minutes and focus on a task.It has really helped me a great deal and am a happy person."
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    #4Go 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*


    Sandra Valenzuela
    Written on January 2, 2018
    "This was good at first. At first. Now, I obsess over filling my self-allotted times as perfectly and accurately as possible. I needed additional apps to maximize the productivity I was getting out of this productivity app. And then I return to this app to optimize the use I'm getting out of those apps. Somehow, I managed to escape this downward spiral of productivity apps long enough to write this review. They're calling to me. Pulling me back. I'm out of time. 10/10 would recommend to a friend"
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    Todoist is a free multiplatform to-do list and a task manager application which is ideal for getting things done. It helps you to keep track of everything you must do, from errands to your own projects. 


    Android, iOS, Chrome, Windows

    Free- with in-app purchases

    Virginia Adams
    Written on January 10, 2018
    "its one of the best online management apps, i like to use it on my phone. i like to make sure i don't forget or miss anything, its really good for work , at home chores, even events,it helps not to forget things, and organizes things you need to do. it also comes in different languages which helps everyone .having a todoist is a really good thing from the buisiest to just plain not forgetting something small that may mean something important. everyone should have a todoist. "
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    #6Remember The Milk

    Remember The Milk

    Remember The Milk is a free service for creating personal and professional to-do lists. It syncs across different devices as well as browsers so you'll be able to see and manage your lists. Its features also include list sharing and tasking.


    Web, Android, iOS, Mac, Windows, Linux

    Free- basic plan

    Magdalena Carranza
    Written on January 5, 2018
    "I've tried out this smart app and was super happy with how it performed. It's just perfect for someone with a busy life who needs to be reminded of particular tasks. "
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    Ommwriter is a plain text that avoids distractions. Is like enter in a private room where you can only focus on writing. It creates the space and the mood for writing and only writing.Everywhere you go, you have access to a beautiful distraction-free writing environment where your authentic voice is free to go where it is meant to go.


    Windows, Mac

    Free- $7.11

    María Elena Blanco
    Written on January 5, 2018
    "Omm writer turns off all of your notifications and really is a great tool. It's the perfect tool to stay focused."
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    #8On the Job

    On the Job
    This is an app designed to help you track your time and expenses, and bill your clients by easily and quickly creating professional invoices.



    Victoria Campbell
    Written on January 2, 2018
    "I freelanced for a very long time before I ever used such an application, and my experience is that having one makes life a whole lot easier: I know where I’m spending my time; I’ve calculated hourly rates that work for me, so I know which projects are worth continuing with, and which I should set aside; and I’m easily able to generate good looking, professional invoices. I tried a few, before settling on Marketcircle’s Billings 3, which has been my time tracking app of choice for most of the past two years. Stunt Software released On The Job 3.0 a little over a year ago, and I feel its very best. On The Job is a time tracking solution designed with ease of use in mind. Easily track the time you spend on multiple clients and multiple tasks. The clear and simple interface is designed to get out of your way, so you can spend less time keeping track of your time, and more time working productively. With low memory usage, and a small footprint, On The Job is designed for anyone, from web designers to lawyers, who need a truly simple solution for tracking their time. Easy, affordable & most comprehensive time & expense tracking. Track billable or non-billable time & expense via web or mobile or timer with automatic reminder for time. Add receipt pictures. Multi-level approval workflows. Lot of useful reports on time, expense, utilization, budget & profitability, Let us know if you don't find any report. Perfect solution for teams and organizations of any size. "
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    A a powerful and intuitive task manager specialized in repeating tasks and multi-level sub-tasking.


    Free- with in-app purchases

    Allen Xie
    Written on January 2, 2018
    "Todo has been a life saving app! I had been struggling to stay organized and focused and Todo has given me the help I need. Todo allows me to organize tasks and days in a simple and convenient way that saves me both time and energy. "
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    Focuster is an online tool that helps you get more of your top priorities done each day by automatically scheduling your calendar, directing your focus to key actions, and redirecting you from distractions.

    Online Tools

    Varies by plan

    Deborah Hughes
    Written on July 9, 2018
    "I was a little skeptic about this one but decided to give it a try anyway since I really do get distracted easily, and to my surprise, it actually helped! It's not something like completely dramatic, but I've definitely been getting more things done with this tool, so i must admit it helps you focus!"
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    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.


    Android, iOS


    Carl Simmons
    Written on January 13, 2018
    "Poor response to an equally poor question. Not sure what to suggest here other than to get a different question. "
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    Is this the last chance of passing those exams? Do you need to stay focused, no matter what? In that case, Flora can be really helpful. You will find a big amount of tools and resources for stay focused on your studies, work, whatever. 




    Pinecone Web
    Written on January 13, 2018
    "Really helped me and my friends stay off our phones and concentrate on the task. Good gamification design making staying focus fun."


Best What are the best resources to remain focused on a given task
1FocusSoftware 19 Paid
2Brain Focus Productivity TimerApps 14 Free
3FocusBoosterSoftware 13 Free
4Go For It!Software 11 Paid
5Todoist Apps 9 Free
6Remember The MilkApps 8 Free
7OmmWriterSoftware 7 Free
8On the JobSoftware 4 Paid
9TodoSoftware 3 Free
10FocusterOnline Tools 2 Paid

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