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Here are some tips from the CEP Helpdesk for reducing distractions with technology. Download our flyer here.


  • Free app for Mac computers
  • Blacklists distracting websites on a timer
  • Whitelists websites you need so you can access only the sites listed


  • Free Chrome extension
  • Choose how you want to block distractions
  • Set the amount of time allowed for certain websites per day
  • Set time restrictions for certain websites (i.e. no Twitter after 9pm)

Mindul Browsing

  • Free Chrome extension
  • Flags your attention when you try to access sites that you mark as distracting
  • Reminds you of how you’d like to spend your time

Be Focused

  • Free app for iPhones/iPads
  • Create tasks and set custom timers for periods of work and breaks
  • Track your progress throughout the day/week

Google Tasks

  • Free on web browser, iPhone & Android
  • Add and organize tasks in lists
  • Option to add due dates and times Check off as you finish
  • Synchronizes with Google Calendar and viewable in Gmail on web browser

Do Not Disturb Mode

  • Set your phone to Do Not Disturb Mode or turn it completely off when completing a task that requires focus


    Reducing Distractions Tip Sheet