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Module 12: Productivity

Best Desktop Apps For Blocking Websites And Social Media

  • Be more productive online by blocking distracting websites such as Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Reddit, etc.
  • Go beyond browser plugins by blocking all browsers or specific applications from accessing the Internet.
  • Block websites and applications during certain hours of the day or days of the week (ex. 9am – 5pm, weekdays).
  • Set a timer to block distractions for a set period of time.
https://heyfocus.com

Focus costs $20 (one-time fee).

Focus is a desktop application that is only available for Mac.

With Focus, you’ll have the option to block both websites and applications.

You can choose which days and times websites and applications should be blocked or you can set a timer.

Settings can be locked (optional).

https://freedom.to

Freedom pricing starts at $7/month (or $2.40/month when paid annually). A lifetime plan is also available for $129 (one-time fee).

Freedom is a desktop application available for Mac and Windows. Mobile apps are also available for iOS and Android.

With Freedom, you’ll have the option to block websites and some mobile applications.

You can choose which days and times websites and applications should be blocked or you can set a timer.

Settings can be locked (optional).

http://selfcontrolapp.com

SelfControl is completely free to use.

SelfControl is a desktop application that is only available for Mac.

With SelfControl, you’ll have the option to blacklist (or whitelist) a list of websites. Whitelisting blocks everything except for the sites you choose.

Websites will start to be blocked once you start the timer. Settings are locked until the timer expires.

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