how to concentrate on one thing at a time

HowToConcentrateOnOneThingAtATimeToday I did a little call out for topic suggestions and Allison K. asked for a post about staying focused.

This is something that I have been struggling with over the past week as well. Transferring my mind between blogging, social media, video editing, consulting, article writing, and design sourcing has been making my head spin.

I first tried using Self Control. This app will block any time-wasting websites you like. However, the program worked a little too well in my case. Mr. Lively, a fantastic programmer, had to do some intense coding to regain access to the sites I blocked during the day. Though this doesn’t seem to be an issue for other users, I cannot personally recommend it because of the difficulties we had getting it to work properly after the restriction period ended.

Next, I moved on to a Mac app called Concentrate. So far, this one hasn’t given me any issues. I can set different tasks to launch specific desktop programs (like Photoshop or Word) and block any web distractions (Gmail, Facebook, etc.) so that I can focus on one task at a time.

By setting tasks in Concentrate, I’ve found that I am able to focus better automatically. It’s kind of like the online equivalent to turning off your cell phone. Knowing that I don’t have access to my go-to distractions helps me focus without feeling tempted to waste time.


PS- I believe both Self Control and Concentrate are apps for Macs. If you have a PC, check this article out for other suggestions. 

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This Post Has 7 Comments

  1. Alison Kelley

    Thanks for the app info Jess, I’ll give it a go. A big problem I have is that I’ll really try to stay focused, get to working on something only to get distracted by something else and forget what I was doing in the first place “sigh”.

    1. Jess Lively

      Gotcha! Hopefully the timer and app blocking other things you might be tempted to ‘wander into’ will help!

      For me, just seeing the timer on the screen showing me how much longer I’m working on one thing is helping to remind me constantly to stay on task. : )

  2. Christina

    Thanks for these! Internet ADD is REAL… and a real problem for me. I am going to go try Concentrate right. now.

    1. Jess Lively

      Nice! I hope it works for you…. and that you don’t find this comment until AFTER you have concentrated on the task at hand. ; )

  3. Jess Lively

    That’s so great to hear! If you find yourself needing a bit more focus, try that Concentrate app!

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