We’re all guilty of it. We have a final paper due + an exam to study for, but before we know it, we find ourselves on Facebook, Netflix, Buzzfeed, the CHAARG blog… +every site in between [though, we can’t blame you for the last one ; )]. But, if we want a carefree summer, we have to do the work first. Womp. Womp.
THE GOOD NEWS: We’ve found a couple of ways to help you get your work done, so that you can enjoy the last couple of days before going home – instead of freaking out about that deadline you’ve put off… because if there’s anything a CHAARG girl really doesn’t have time for, it’s stress.
Here are six of our favorite productivity-inducing sites on the Internet:
Not talking about Thanksgiving leftovers, unfortunately. Cold Turkey is an app that allows you to block unproductive websites for certain periods of time to help you kick your Facebook//Twitter//Netflix habit while working. All you have to do is download the app from your computer, add websites to a block list that you know you shouldn’t be on + set the amount of time that you shouldn’t access them!
DO NOTHING FOR TWO MINUTES
When your eyes start to glaze over + you forget how to spell your own name, it’s time to take a break from studying – but not for too long. ; ) Do Nothing for Two Minutes is a site that puts you on a timer for two minutes. During these two minutes, you’ll hear waves crashing at the beach, unless you touch your mouse or keyboard. The second you move your cursor or press a key on your keyboard, the sound stops + the timer starts over. It’s a great way to commit to giving your brain two minutes to relax + not think about a single thing.
Working on a paper + can’t find the article you were planning on using as a source? Not anymore. Pocket is a website that allows you to store links, photos, information + other web content for later. That way you aren’t spending anytime looking for lost websites or images + everything you need is all in one place.
Think you’re productive? Let RescueTime be the judge of that. The application automatically tracks the amount of time you spend on other apps + websites to give you an accurate picture of how you’re spending your time. You can set alerts to let you know if you’ve spent a certain amount of time on an activity or website + you can block distracting websites, much like Cold Turkey.
Focus Booster is a product of the Pomodoro Technique. If you don’t know what the Pomodoro Technique is, think of it like a productivity tabata. It’s all about focusing on one task for 25 minutes, then giving yourself a five-minute break. The technique has been widely popular + has been proven to be incredibly effective. This site has set timers, so you can focus on your work without keeping time.
If you find yourself singing along to our playlists, instead of focusing, Rainy Mood is for you. It allows you to have some background noise, but without the distracting lyrics. It’s a site that plays the sound of rain, so you can put in your headphones, tune out the world + knock that paper out of the park. [FYI: If you’d rather listen to music, check out Peter Lee Johnson on YouTube. He does instrumental covers of current songs with his violin! ++ he’s super cute. ; )]
Got through the list + didn’t see your favorite? Share it with us in the comments below + why you love it ++ we’ll add it to this list!
+ Grace [@gm.inchaarg], Kent CHAARG