As a student, procrastination can be your ultimate enemy in accomplishing a boatload of requirements, as said in a 2012 The Guardian article. Concentration is a finite source, and we can’t help but get distracted with the “black hole of productivity” that is the Internet. While it’s true that this behavior can’t be escaped, this is not always the case, as you can leverage the use of mobile and web applications to appease the rate at which you procrastinate. The first step is “cleansing” by admitting that you have a problem and that you need to do something to circumvent it. Once you’ve determined the dilemma, here are some of our most recommended applications to get rid of those lazy days.
Procraster is an iOS app that uses Pomodoro approach so the user can focus and finish a certain task at his own pace. Once the app is opened, you will be greeted with an interface that mimics the iOS 7. The page of O2’s iPhone 5S notes that this OS has new multitasking features such as the Swipe Gestures. The main core of the Procraster is to build your own Projects, wherein you will indicate the problem on why you keep on postponing them. Once you have determined the issue, you can proceed to accomplishing a task, under a default time limit of 25 minutes. For motivation, you are able to get rewards after finishing each activity.
Write or Die
As a web and a mobile tool, Write or Die aims to “put the prod in productivity.” It is one of the most essential tools in writing essays through setting time limits, maximum word count, and consequences for not meeting the deadline. Depending on the mode you pick, the punishments serve as mere guides to help you stay focused. For the Gentle Mode, the tool gives you a pop-up box, which notifies you to keep on writing. Second, the Normal Mode punishment plays sounds such as babies crying, or the popular “Mmm Bop” by the Hanson. The Kamikaze Mode is perhaps the ultimate punishment, as it can delete your entire article if you’re not working enough.
The aptly named SelfControl is a Mac OS X tool that gives you the ability to block certain mail servers and websites that serve as distractions. To do this, you can allot a period of time block and alter the blacklist with websites you wish to ignore at the hype of your work. The beauty about this tool is that you can’t reset the timer, even if you restart your computer or delete the application. Assuming you’re happy with your blacklist, you can click Start and a semi-transparent countdown timer appears on the screen. Ultimately, the tool is not just about having self-control.
If you don’t want to completely block your favorite websites, the MeeTimer is the perfect one for you. It is a Firefox extension that calculates the time you spent on every website that you visit. On a daily basis, the tool gives a curated set of statistics and percentages, allowing you to adjust your time and attention to the worthy websites. MeeTimer logs the amount of time you dedicate, and it’s up to you to indicate a specific website in different categories such as Procrastination, Work, Search, and Communication. You can rest your mouse cursor on the MeeTimer logo to view the percentage of your work week.
As the name suggests, Rescue Time is an Android app that allows you to rescue your wasted time by monitoring your activities. There are three categories to choose – Most Productive, Most Wasteful, and Neutral – that have significant effects on the efficiency score. Moreover, the reports give a detailed discussion on your top website distractions and how much time you use a specific app. If you’re spending too much time on unimportant activities, the app sends an alert to gain back your focus. With these five proven apps, you are able to ease the burden brought by procrastination. Use them as opportunities to accomplish more in a nick of time. Got other procrastination busters? Share them with our readers by commenting below.