5 browser extensions to help you focus

Friday, March 5, 2021

A tab manager in every new tab, Flow transforms your browser tabs into productive workspaces for your various projects and tasks. Drag-and-drop browser tabs and windows into Flow workspaces for enhanced accessibility and focus.

Flow launches the tabs you need as you switch workstreams, saving the tabs you don't.

This makes it easier to concentrate, as you naturally create shortcuts to your important projects. Flow can be used to manage browser tabs related to classes you're taking, projects at work, hobbies you're chipping away at, trips you're planning.

Flow creates restore points for your important browser sessions, so you never have to worry about losing tabs you might need later.

Price: Free

2. News Feed Eradicator - "Soft" Site Blocker

Find yourself distracted by social media?

Constantly scrolling through feeds longer than you'd like to admit?

Social media feeds can be notoriously distracting, as entertaining memes and targeted advertisements can easily derail a train of thought, or focused work.

News Feed Eradicator helps you reclaim your attention by disabling your news feeds. Unlike a normal site blocker, News Feed Eradicator doesn't block sites completely. Instead it lets you selectively disable distracting feeds on major social media websites. This extension is a game changer if you're looking for more nuanced control over your social media usage, and is particularly useful when you're trying to concentrate, or meet an important deadline.

You can even set timers around these settings, giving you a more proactive, measured approach to using social media.

Price: Free

3. Marinara: Pomodoro Assistant - Productivity Timer

Timeboxing - proactively allocating a fixed amount of time to a single task, is a very powerful way to approach productivity. The Marinara: Pomodoro® Assistant is based on the widely popular Pomodoro Technique. The technique suggests work on focusing for 25 minutes at a time, encouraging you to take short, 5-10 minute breaks between sessions.

The app features a clean interface to track your history & stats, giving you fun little metrics to improve on over time.

The Pomodoro technique is great for people who prefer to work in short bursts of focus. The system encourages you to break down your more complex goals and objectives into bite-size tasks.

Price: Free

4. Noisli - White Noise and Soundscapes

Noisli enhances focus through intentionally relaxing, personalized, audio environments. Noisli lets you mix and match sounds to create all kinds of soundscapes. You can simulate rain on a train window, a light breeze in the forest, the muted ambience of a coffee shop, or even simple white noise.

Noisli reduces stress and anxiety by blocking out distracting sounds from your the work environment.
Price: Free, $10/mo premium

5. LastPass - Password Manager

Have a hard time keeping track of all your passwords?

LastPass remembers all your passwords for you. Every time you sign up for a new website or service, LastPass generates a unique and secure password. Any time you visit a website again, LastPass autofills your credentials.

Fiddling with password reset is a frustrating experience, especially when you're on a crunch for time or deep in thought. With LastPass you save time thinking about secure passwords and how to manage them.

Price: Free (single device), $3/mo premium

A tab manager in every new tab, Flow transforms your browser tabs into productive workspaces for your various projects and tasks. Drag-and-drop browser tabs and windows into Flow workspaces for enhanced accessibility and focus.

Flow launches the tabs you need as you switch workstreams, saving the tabs you don't.

This makes it easier to concentrate, as you naturally create shortcuts to your important projects. Flow can be used to manage browser tabs related to classes you're taking, projects at work, hobbies you're chipping away at, trips you're planning.

Flow creates restore points for your important browser sessions, so you never have to worry about losing tabs you might need later.

Price: Free

2. News Feed Eradicator - "Soft" Site Blocker

Find yourself distracted by social media?

Constantly scrolling through feeds longer than you'd like to admit?

Social media feeds can be notoriously distracting, as entertaining memes and targeted advertisements can easily derail a train of thought, or focused work.

News Feed Eradicator helps you reclaim your attention by disabling your news feeds. Unlike a normal site blocker, News Feed Eradicator doesn't block sites completely. Instead it lets you selectively disable distracting feeds on major social media websites. This extension is a game changer if you're looking for more nuanced control over your social media usage, and is particularly useful when you're trying to concentrate, or meet an important deadline.

You can even set timers around these settings, giving you a more proactive, measured approach to using social media.

Price: Free

3. Marinara: Pomodoro Assistant - Productivity Timer

Timeboxing - proactively allocating a fixed amount of time to a single task, is a very powerful way to approach productivity. The Marinara: Pomodoro® Assistant is based on the widely popular Pomodoro Technique. The technique suggests work on focusing for 25 minutes at a time, encouraging you to take short, 5-10 minute breaks between sessions.

The app features a clean interface to track your history & stats, giving you fun little metrics to improve on over time.

The Pomodoro technique is great for people who prefer to work in short bursts of focus. The system encourages you to break down your more complex goals and objectives into bite-size tasks.

Price: Free

4. Noisli - White Noise and Soundscapes

Noisli enhances focus through intentionally relaxing, personalized, audio environments. Noisli lets you mix and match sounds to create all kinds of soundscapes. You can simulate rain on a train window, a light breeze in the forest, the muted ambience of a coffee shop, or even simple white noise.

Noisli reduces stress and anxiety by blocking out distracting sounds from your the work environment.
Price: Free, $10/mo premium

5. LastPass - Password Manager

Have a hard time keeping track of all your passwords?

LastPass remembers all your passwords for you. Every time you sign up for a new website or service, LastPass generates a unique and secure password. Any time you visit a website again, LastPass autofills your credentials.

Fiddling with password reset is a frustrating experience, especially when you're on a crunch for time or deep in thought. With LastPass you save time thinking about secure passwords and how to manage them.

Price: Free (single device), $3/mo premium

A tab manager in every new tab, Flow transforms your browser tabs into productive workspaces for your various projects and tasks. Drag-and-drop browser tabs and windows into Flow workspaces for enhanced accessibility and focus.

Flow launches the tabs you need as you switch workstreams, saving the tabs you don't.

This makes it easier to concentrate, as you naturally create shortcuts to your important projects. Flow can be used to manage browser tabs related to classes you're taking, projects at work, hobbies you're chipping away at, trips you're planning.

Flow creates restore points for your important browser sessions, so you never have to worry about losing tabs you might need later.

Price: Free

2. News Feed Eradicator - "Soft" Site Blocker

Find yourself distracted by social media?

Constantly scrolling through feeds longer than you'd like to admit?

Social media feeds can be notoriously distracting, as entertaining memes and targeted advertisements can easily derail a train of thought, or focused work.

News Feed Eradicator helps you reclaim your attention by disabling your news feeds. Unlike a normal site blocker, News Feed Eradicator doesn't block sites completely. Instead it lets you selectively disable distracting feeds on major social media websites. This extension is a game changer if you're looking for more nuanced control over your social media usage, and is particularly useful when you're trying to concentrate, or meet an important deadline.

You can even set timers around these settings, giving you a more proactive, measured approach to using social media.

Price: Free

3. Marinara: Pomodoro Assistant - Productivity Timer

Timeboxing - proactively allocating a fixed amount of time to a single task, is a very powerful way to approach productivity. The Marinara: Pomodoro® Assistant is based on the widely popular Pomodoro Technique. The technique suggests work on focusing for 25 minutes at a time, encouraging you to take short, 5-10 minute breaks between sessions.

The app features a clean interface to track your history & stats, giving you fun little metrics to improve on over time.

The Pomodoro technique is great for people who prefer to work in short bursts of focus. The system encourages you to break down your more complex goals and objectives into bite-size tasks.

Price: Free

4. Noisli - White Noise and Soundscapes

Noisli enhances focus through intentionally relaxing, personalized, audio environments. Noisli lets you mix and match sounds to create all kinds of soundscapes. You can simulate rain on a train window, a light breeze in the forest, the muted ambience of a coffee shop, or even simple white noise.

Noisli reduces stress and anxiety by blocking out distracting sounds from your the work environment.
Price: Free, $10/mo premium

5. LastPass - Password Manager

Have a hard time keeping track of all your passwords?

LastPass remembers all your passwords for you. Every time you sign up for a new website or service, LastPass generates a unique and secure password. Any time you visit a website again, LastPass autofills your credentials.

Fiddling with password reset is a frustrating experience, especially when you're on a crunch for time or deep in thought. With LastPass you save time thinking about secure passwords and how to manage them.

Price: Free (single device), $3/mo premium

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