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Free or Low Cost Apps

Time Management & Distraction Free

Enjoy these apps that make it easier than ever to focus and remove distractions.  These apps are available for all students to use to minimize distractions and manage time and tasks.

Cold Turkey

Cold Turkey app logoCold Turkey:

  • block distracting websites
  • set the sites you want blocked and for how long to turn them off
  • Cost: Free for basic blocking and $40 for all Plus features
  • Compatibility: Windows, Mac

Page Eraser

Page Eraser extension logoPage Eraser:

  • erase unwanted parts of any web page (ads, pop-ups, videos, etc.)
  • minimize distractions
  • toggle on and off by clicking the extension button
  • Cost: free
  • Compatibility: Chrome extension

focus booster

focus booster logofocus booster:

  • uses the Pomodoro Method (work 25 minutes, break 5 minutes)
  • track your time
  • productivity reports available on your dashboard
  • choose your favorite theme
  • Cost: free for starts, $5 per month for the Professional version
  • Compatibility: online, Windows, Mac

Fokus

Fokus extension appFokus:

  • highlight only the text you want to read
  • dims and darkens the rest of your browser window
  • change the opacity of the background overlay
  • Cost: free
  • Compatibility: Chrome extension, Firefox add-on

Just Read

Just Read extension logoJust Read:

  • distraction free reading
  • customizable
  • Cost: Free or $1 per month for Premium
  • Compatibility: Chrome extension

RescueTime Dashboard

RescueTime logoRescueTime Dashboard:

  • tracks how you spend your time on your computer, smartphone, or tablet and allows you to set goals to manage and/or limit your time
  • customized report of what sites you visit
  • tracks as you work
  • Cost: Free or $6.50 per month for OS downloads
  • Compatibility: Windows or Mac

StayFocusd

StayFocusdStayFocusd:

  • block time-wasting websites
  • pre-program distractions
  • when your time limit is up, these sites will be inaccessible for the rest of the day
  • Cost: free
  • Compatibility: Chrome extension

Strict Workflow

Strict Workflow logoStrict Workflow:

  • follows the Pomodoro method (work 25 minutes, break 5 minutes)
  • distraction-free work zone
  • blocks you from distracting websites that you set in your own list
  • Cost: free
  • Compatibility: Chrome extension

Time Timer

Time Timer app logoTime Timer:

  • simple visual timer
  • structure your time or break time up into segments
  • seconds, minutes, or hours
  • Cost: free
  • Compatibility: Mac, Windows, iOS, Android

TimeTracker

TimeTracker app logoTimeTracker:

  • track how long you've been off task in other websites
  • running time clock counts the minutes and seconds you've been on a specific website
  • Cost: free
  • Compatibility: Chrome extension

TomatoTimer

TomatoTimer logoTomatoTimer:

  • uses Pomodoro method (25 minutes of work, 5 minutes of break) for distraction-free workflows
  • Cost: free
  • Compatibility: online

Witeboard

Witeboard logoWiteboard:

  • witeboard space
  • share and collaborate
  • save your work as an image
  • Cost: free
  • Compatibility: online