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V2 updates! - Custom time interval for distraction free mode - Ability to turn off ' always on' mode - Improved UI -- Self Control -- A simple app to keep you focused online by blocking sites that you spend way too much time on.

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  • My 30-Year Quitting Addiction
    There is a free and open source app called SelfControl for macOS. It allows one to block access to any site one adds to the list in the app for the amount of time the user chooses. Attempt to use multiple browsers, restarting one's machine, deleting the app, etc. won't get around the block either. It's been super helpful for me, so I thought I'd just throw it out there. - Source: Hacker News / 6 months ago
  • App to prevent distractions at work
    It is SelfControl. It is open-source and free. You select the website you want to block and the time. The moment you click the button no matter what you do, you can forget about accessing those websites until the time is over; there is no cancel button. Restarted mac won't work, you can delete the app no luck. Source: 6 months ago
  • App to prevent distractions at work
    The SelfControl app lets you specify web sites that will be blocked. When you run the app, you specify a countdown timer, during which time those apps will be inaccessible. Source: 6 months ago
  • Finals season
    - this is free app. block off all social media and time wasters .. Only for mac. if there is nothing to be distracted... IMO I eventually be bored and I was able to get into the zone... Not right away... But I told my self... Today I study... And I stay in the study room. Source: 7 months ago
  • Looking for the right app
    Apps I have tried and are not enough: - - - - - Source: 7 months ago
  • Is there a way to completely lock some websites for the whole day?
    For mac - SelfControl app (you can set your websites blacklist/whitelist + time). In case you are not on mac, there will be definitely similar apps for other OSs. Just search for some of the keywords from their website /e.g. "apps limiting access to distracting websites" for windows etc./. Source: 12 months ago
  • [Question] any website blocker that won't unblock sites until I spend enough time on a particular app?
    Not exactly but try it is a killer and will not allow you to access it till the block time passes. Source: 12 months ago
  • Laptop now replacing phone with screen time :-(
    I like SelfControl, which is can be bypassed, but harder to do so: Source: 12 months ago
  • Live Decluttering 3: The Final Frontier
    Thanks to those who have followed my saga. I would like to thank Unfuck Your Habitat for her Emergency Cleaning protocol, for preventing unscheduled youtube deep dives, my employer for giving me the 4th of July off work, and even my silly brain for neglecting to make any holiday plans. I will feel like a fancy, shit-together lady as I veg tonight. u/apropos-username , u/lupinedelweiss,... Source: 12 months ago
  • Any foolproof app to block domains such as youtube?
    The thing is I want the app so that I can stop procastinating and changing the host file is easily reversible. I'm sorry, I should've been more specific. I want an app similar to . Self control is only for mac and I want an app with the same functions as self control for arch. Source: about 1 year ago
  • gambling rule
    I use Leechblock and Selfcontrol for Macintosh (I think the Windows version is "SelfRestraint" but I haven't got a Windows machine running on the internet.) They help, but they're not the same thing. (Maybe I can talk the LeechBlock folk into adding an option. Source: about 1 year ago
  • Advice to Overcome Masturbation
    The self-control app: Source: about 1 year ago
  • Ask HN: What productivity tools do you use?
    Https:// [2] News Feed Eradicator extension -- hide social feeds when going on Twitter/Facebook/Instagram, etc., to prevent being sucked into endless scrolling when you just go there for one thing. - Source: Hacker News / about 1 year ago
  • I created an app that launches your apps in the window layout you want
    Maybe you could look into how does it? It’s on GitHub. Source: about 1 year ago
  • The best thing you can do to combat your Reddit addiction is to block the front page/feed.
    If you on the mac try this Source: about 1 year ago
  • I'm literally so behind
    When I was doing EECS at Berkeley I would regularly use this app to stop myself from possibly doing anything other than studying. Seeing as you are behind in your classes and yet on Reddit, you may need it. Block reddit, block all social media, block youtube if you don't use it to study, do nothing but school until you are back on track. Good luck. Source: over 1 year ago
  • Laptop with MS word but no internet?
    I’ve used this app called Self Control ( in the past when I was a student and needed to finish assignments on deadlines and not screw around online for too long. Essentially, you set what websites to block for a certain amount of time, say 30 minutes, and for the that set time (you can control when it starts), you cannot access those sites, no ifs, ands, or buts about it. You just have... Source: over 1 year ago
  • How do ADHD people cope on here?
    This app: I don't quite know how it works, but it allows me to setup a website block list that I can't get around. I'm sure if I really tried I could figure out what it changed and get around the block, but 1) then it would defeat the purpose and 2) that takes effort that I don't want to spend. Then I put my phone in the other room, and voila! 95% of my distractions are out the window. - Source: Hacker News / over 1 year ago
  • YouTube Addiction
    Been there - still am. self-control ( is the nuclear tool in my anti-scrolling arsenal. If you figure out how to get around it please do not tell me - it's the best thing I've found for completely shutting myself out of youtube (and chess websites - bullet chess is a similar drug for me). Disclosure - I'm full time working on software that arms people with better tools for fighting... - Source: Hacker News / over 1 year ago
  • I'm deleting this app
    This one I know where to download! Source: over 1 year ago
  • My laptop has so many distractions.
    I use an app called Self Control that’s amazing. You can input whatever websites distract you and start a timer that will completely restrict opening those websites until the timer runs out. Even if you delete the app from your computer, shut it down or restart, it doesn’t matter. Https:// Source: over 1 year ago

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