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Saturday, October 28, 2017

Chrome Extensions to Help You Stay Focused

Some people have no problems staying focused while they work on the web while others find themselves drowning in a sea of distraction. These Chrome extensions might help you remain on task if you spend long hours working online or if you tend to get easily distracted.

Visor- Dims your screen which helps reduce eye strain. There are also some assistive features including overlays and a horizontal point of focus feature which helps reduce the tendency to skip lines of text.

Read Mode- Turns off ads and flash animations temporarily to make it easier to focus on the content that you are reading. This extension turns your page into black text on a white background.

StayFocusd- If you find that certain websites are distracting and cutting into your productivity, then this extension is for you. You set time limits for how long you can spend on different sites. Once you have used up the allotted time, you will be blocked from that particular site for the remainder of the day.

Strict Workflow- Allows you to create a customized blacklist of pages you find distracting. You will have to work an amount of time that you specify before being allowed to browse any of the blacklisted websites.

WasteNoTime- Provides reports on where you spend time on the internet. This extension allows you to block some sites all of the time and set time quotas for others. There is also a feature that allows you to lockdown everything so you can focus for a set period of time with little internet access. You can also customize when these settings will be in place.

Momentum Is your personal dashboard where you can create a to do list, see a reminder of your top priority, and view the weather. This page will appear each time you open a new tab. 

Applications for Education
Students can benefit from these extensions as much, or maybe even more, than adults. It might be useful for students to see where they spend time when they are online.