Smartphones. A resource we need and a distraction we refuse to part with.
From going through Instagram to chatting with friends on Messenger and catching up on YouTube videos, time flys. What was supposed to be a ten-minute study “break” suddenly turned into an hour of mindless scrolling. This isn’t anything to be ashamed of but it’s time for us to take control of our screen addictions and turn it into something productive.
Distract me once,
Shame on the colorful videos and unbeatable levels.
Distract me a handful of more times,
Shame on me.
This app allows you to track your time spent studying, sleeping, working, etc. But one of the special features that this app has is its: Full Lock Mode. Full Lock will hide your social media, games and other downloaded apps for a set amount of time. Leaving you with IMessage, Phone and other built-in apps you’ve never really utilized. You will not receive notifications from all hidden apps and the apps will be placed in their previous positions when the timer goes off.
This feature forces you to unplug and find something else to do, perhaps the homework that you’ve been avoiding? You’re left with the essential apps that could help you in case you’re in an emergency but other than that, you’re on your own.
Group chats will still be chatting away and games will still be endless even after your full lockdown is over.
So you’re looking for a study playlist? And instead of spending your time studying, you’re searching for the perfectly curated playlist to spruce up the house of homework you still have. Look no further, Tide has three features to help with one’s focus, sleep, and breathing. This app provides you with a variety of white noises to help you focus. All you have to do is set the timer for the amount of time you wish to study and off you go.
In case you do get momentarily distracted by a notification, Tide will stop playing and you will have to start the timer over.
Another feature that is included in this app is the sleep feature. The sleep feature allows you to time your naps and sleep. The white noise of your choice will help you drift off into your timed nap and will calmly wake you up with the gradual increase in volume. “I enjoy this feature the most because I no longer wake up from an accidental four hour nap after school all groggy and cranky,” said Vivian Huynh.
Now you’ve moved onto your laptop. You may have DeltaMath or an essay to complete but that’s hard when YouTube is just a tab away. This YouTube video or completing this assignment? A very difficult decision to make on your part. But Self-Control takes that decision from your hands.
On this app, you are able to set a period of time to block websites that may distract you. Until the timer goes off, you are unable to access the sites on your blacklist. If Khan Academy has a video explaining a Chemistry concept or you need to message a classmate for help, tough luck, you’re going to have to wait out the time.
Sometimes we just need a little push to look up from our screens. These apps enforce a negative punishment which we can pout about or choose to be productive. Distractions begone!