Do you have a hard time focusing? If you have a Mac, there’s a free utility tool called Focus Booster that provides the perfect way to avoid straying from any task. This tool uses a tried and true method that splits task time into twenty-five minute intervals. Once split, a time ticks away and prevents you from becoming distracted with other tasks. Focus Boost is large effective, and it proves to be one free tool that anyone working from home should really use.
Focus Booster Interface
This Mac app relies on a simple and clean interface (what would be the point of an anti-distraction tool that distracts?) that’s easy to use from the start. At the top of the Focus Booster screen, you will see a simple black bar that includes a color timer. As you start your work, the timer will appear green in color and progress slowly through yellow and then finally a darker golden yellow when time is up. 25-minutes is the standard, but you can change this setting accordingly.
If you turn your volume on, you will hear the timer ticking down, but you can avoid this noise if you simply turn your volume off. At the end of the allotted time, a timer will sound letting you know that your time is up. You can’t change the color on the timer bar, but, really, you shouldn’t be looking at that bar while you’re working anyway because, well, that’s actually a distraction, right?
User-Friendliness and Overall Use
Focus Booster is one of the easiest productivity tools that I’ve used. There are lots of other apps out there that aim to help workers stop procrastinating, but the method that this tool uses seems to make Focus Booster work better than others. Actually, the team behind Focus Booster didn’t come up with the 25-interval method. This method was originally devised by a Francesco Cirillo (an innovator) during the 1980s. The technique itself, in case you’re wondering, is called the Pomodoro Technique (after those round tomato-shaped timers that can be found in kitchens across the world).
The Pomodoro Technique works very well for some people and not so well for others. If, for example, you are writing an article that takes more than 25-minutes to complete, being interrupted by a timer could be downright annoying. Further, the Focus Booster tool doesn’t actually block you from visiting any websites or spending too much time on a social network, so it won’t stop you from procrastinating as other apps of this kind can do.
Is Focus Booster the productivity tool that you’ve been waiting for? If you have a Mac, there’s really no harm in downloading this utility to see how it works for you. Keep in mind that you can adjust that 25-minute timer to accommodate your work flow, and Focus Booster does work relatively well for some people. If you need a task master that’s a bit harsher, consider downloading an app that will block you from actually visiting outsides sites.