5 browser extensions to block online distractions and stay focused while working from home

The internet seems designed to lose focus at work. These extensions and add-ons help you block out distractions and focus on the task at hand.

Some researchers have shown that minor distractions such as checking email or browsing the web can be a problem Facebook you can lose more than 20 minutes of productive time. It is not easy to get back to work, especially if you are already working from home. The better way forward is to reduce digital distractions on your work computer as much as possible.

1. Unweb (Chrome): Adblock for distractions like feeds, suggestions

Adblock prevents annoying advertisements from appearing on websites. But these days the website itself has more hassles and distractions to keep you browsing longer. These are recommended videos and news feeds, suggestions for other things you might like, and so on. Unweb is a blocker for internet distractions.

By default, Unweb works on 19 popular websites, including Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, BBC, Buzzfeed and Amazon. You can email the developer to request additional websites to be added. It blocks some elements that are unique to each of these portals and that aim to distract you from what you came for.

To the exampleif you wanted to visit Twitter to search for a user or check out a strange tweet, the site will distract you with similar tweets, people you might want to follow, and other notifications. Unweb will hide all of these.

The cool part is that you can show or hide any element with a single click, be it temporarily for a one-time view or permanently. So, Unweb isn’t a particularly strict way of avoiding distractions, but rather a way of staying on target.

Download: Pick up web for Chrome (For free)

2. Grayscale on the web (Chrome): Make surfing the Internet less fun

There is a popular theory among productivity professionals on how to reduce digital distractions. The technology is full of bright colors and cool sounds. When you convert all of this to black and white, it’s less distracting and alluring. Grayscale the Web turns your entire browser into a grayscale experience.

The extension allows you to enable it for all sites or specific websites. This can be especially useful for social networking and other common distractions. Some websites can always be set to grayscale or always be excluded from the rule.

It’s an interesting strategy, and it actually seems to work for some people. A team of Mozilla tried the experiment and found it especially with those who ate YouTube Videos throughout the day, and those who thoughtlessly rummaged through apps, like Instagram.

There is a similar extension for Firefox called Grayscale for tabs. It doesn’t offer the same customization options as that Chrome but you do the basic work.

Download: Grayscale on the web for Chrome (For free)

Download: Grayscale for tabs for Firefox (For free)

3. intention (Chrome, Firefox): Get nudges to stop time consuming times

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Intent is to keep you from visiting distracting websites. Download and install the extension to set up the time-wasting sites you visit most, such as: Facebook or YouTube. You can also view “Your Top Sites,” which lists the five portals that you visit most often based on your browsing history. This is a cool feature as you may suddenly notice a distraction that you weren’t even thinking of.

If you visit any of the intentionally blocked websites, you will receive a pop-up message while the site loads in the background. This message tells you how many times you have visited it and prompts you to make better choices by closing the tab. If you still want to see the site, you can unlock it for a limited time: 1, 5 or 15 minutes. All of your visits are tracked to show how much time you are wasting.

Sometimes you visit a social network to be productive. In such cases, you can use the Options tab to classify a visit as a productive session, but only after you have specified the intent of your visit. It’s a nice, mindful way to focus while working from home.

You can set the Intent to run automatically during your work hours so you don’t have to turn it on and off every day. The developer also says privacy is a priority, so they never have and never will sell your data. They only request access to the websites you want to block, and they don’t log your browsing history either.

Download: Intention for Chrome | Firefox (For free)

4th Tab limiter (Chrome): Limit the tabs to limit the distractions

Social media and other online distractions do their best to entice you to browse their websites. You are exercising willpower when trying not to be distracted, but willpower is a finite resource. Because of this, willpower-reliever extensions like Tab Limiter can help you stay productive.

The idea behind Tab Limiter is simple. They say how many tabs can stay open on one Chrome Browser window. You can also set a limit on the total number of tabs in all windows just in case you think about cheating by opening a new window to browse tabs.

If you have reached the limit and try to open a new tab, you will immediately receive an alert stating “You have chosen not to open more than 20 tabs” and the tab will close. Of course, for a focused, productive work session, you’ll likely want to narrow it down to a smaller number. It’s an excellent way to control those whims: “Oh, what kind of video was that? Did I send that message? Facebook? I’ll have a look. “

Download: Tab limiter for Chrome (For free)

Download: Lean Tab Limiter for Firefox (For free)

5. Mindful Internet use (Chrome): Breathing exercises and motivational quotes to avoid wasting time

You’re stressed, want a short break, keep going Facebook, and before you know it, you’ve spent 20 minutes mindlessly browsing. Instead of simply blocking time-consuming websites, Mindful Internet Use (MUI) wants you to think about it. In situations like this, that’s often the best thing you can do.

It launches a two-pronged attack to force you to surf carefully. First is a breathing exercise. You need to take a deep breath, hold it for a few seconds, and then let go. and do this cycle at least four times. Then MIU gives you a motivational quote from their collection of pick-me-ups.

Both techniques are designed to calm you down, clear your mind and are tried and tested tips for blocking time-consuming websites. If you consciously decide to continue with the website, decide how many minutes you want to spend on it, after which MIU will automatically close the tab.

Download: Mindful internet use for Chrome (For free)

Block distractions on your phone too

On your computer, most of the distractions live in your browser. After all, this is how you access social networks YouTube, News websites, e-mail, and so on. The extensions and add-ons in this article will stop such interruptions. But what about your phone?

So many apps on your phone are sending notifications to break your concentration. But just like extensions for browsers, there are apps to help you focus. You can block apps that are distraction and Forest will make the earth green if you stick to your task.

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