These Products Will Help You Get More Shit Done
There’s so much to do, and so little time. There are also countless apps out there that try to help you get more done in a given day. Some of those tools, however, end up being overly complicated and actually distract you from getting more done.
So, we put together a list of seven apps that the Product Hunt community loves based on their simplicity and minimalism, allowing you to focus on what matters and reduce the likelihood of you getting distracted by all the noise on the Internet throughout the day. Give one (or all) of these a try—your brain will thank you for it later.
Focus on your biggest task every day
The One Big Thing app is super simple. Each day, just type in the one big thing you want to accomplish, and make that your focus. You can also add several secondary tasks to keep you focused if you happen to get your big task accomplished early. This is like a digital version of the sticky note, and the UX is so clean and simple that you’ll want to use it daily. You can also upgrade for extra themes and stickers to make the app uniquely yours.
Open a new tab and trap your best thoughts
Do you ever find yourself on a random website and you suddenly remember that you need to send a follow-up email to a client? Or buy your cousin a birthday present? Or change your flight for an upcoming trip? Usually when a random thought bubble creeps up, it’s tempting to go do the task right then and there. But, that behavior often distracts us from our most important work.
With Papier, all you have to do is open a new tab and make a note that you can come back to later; it’ll automatically save to Chrome. Close the tab, then open a new one to get all of your notes back. The best part about this extension? You don’t need to toggle to a different note-taking app; just capture what you want to remember and come back to it later without losing too much time on task switching. We’ll take it!
Focus on one app by fading out all of the background windows
Let’s be honest: we all have a multiple tab/applications problem these days. Having a million things open on your desktop can be distracting, even for our most disciplined and focused selves. Just turn HazeOver on and it’ll darken all of the other windows on your screen except for the application you’re currently using. This is an easy hack for staying focused in a sea of tweets, emails, and chat messages.
A writing app that deletes everything if you stop typing
Flowstate is definitely a ballsy tool for writers. Whether you’re in the middle of drafting an email, writing a blog post, or attempting to finish a book, it can sometimes be a challenge getting into flow. This app nudges you into that much desired creative space by getting you to write beyond the discomfort.
The process is easy: select a desired font, give your writing session a name, and choose the amount of time you’d like to write for (anywhere from 1 to 180 minutes). Once your session begins, if you exit the program early or stop typing for longer than five seconds, all of your progress will be lost. The only way to secure your work is by continuing to write until the full session is complete. This tool may not work for writing that requires extensive research and structured thinking, but it is a great tool for quick writing assignments and creative journaling. Definitely give this a try if you’re struggling with writer’s block.
Track all your unnecessary trips to distracting websites
Escape is a simple app that tracks how many times you open your email, a social network, or other distracting websites. Each day, you’ll get a report letting you know how many times your work was interrupted by a distracting site during the day, as well as how much time lapsed in between each distraction. You can also see which apps are causing the most disturbance to your daily work flow, and adjust your usage accordingly. This is a great tool if you want to track your time better—and use it more wisely in the future.
Website blocker so you can get back to your work
Well, the wording of this app is a little aggressive. But hey, it gets the point across! Choose a list of sites that frequently distract you from doing your best work, and block those sites for a designated period of time that you choose. If you try to visit one of those distracting websites while you’re in distraction-free mode, it’ll redirect you to a plain website page that says things like, “What the fuck? Go work.” or, “Remember work? Fucking do it.”
We don’t recommend using this program if you can’t stand the F-bomb, but if you can tolerate a little bit of digital cussing, this extension will certainly help you get your f*#&ing work done. Pair it with the Escape app to come up with your full list of distracting websites.
Get a summary of virtually anything in seconds
Summize was originally created to help students get more out of their textbook pages, but it could be used by anyone for books, articles—you name it. All you have to do is snap a photo of a book page or news article, and then choose to get a summary of the page, concept analysis, keyword analysis, or bias analysis. While the algorithm is imperfect, this is a fascinating tool worth giving a try if you’re someone who has to read dense material (like students), or wants to read more books and articles in a less time (like basically all of us). We can’t wait to see how this app develops in the future!
Looking for more products to help you get shit done every day? You can find the full list on Product Hunt.