It takes up to 15 minutes to regain focus after an interruption, yet in many offices people can’t go more than six minutes without getting pulled into email, group chat, or other distractions that derail focus and concentration.
What if you could block it all out? Now you can. Meet FocusTime.
FocusTime by RescueTime gives you an amazing superpower — the ability to create ideal conditions for sustained focus — on demand. Quiet the distractions that swirl around you, and lock into a state of energized attention that will let you get things done faster.
Distracting sites will be blocked, but that's just the beginning.
Silencing your phone is a good start, so others won't bug you.
You can also sign out of chat. Now, with distractions out of the way...
Adjust the lights, temp, etc. and get comfortable.
Now, you can focus. And when you focus, good things happen.
Everyone will be amazed at your productivity super powers!
What makes FocusTime so great for overcoming distractions?
RescueTime knows what websites you spend time on, and what sites you consider distracting. You’ll be able to cast a wide net with very little effort.
Of course, you have full control and can make changes to the list if the defaults don’t fit your needs.
SMART SCHEDULING THAT'S
THERE WHEN YOU NEED IT
Schedule a FocusTime session when you really need it, such as after you’ve logged too much distracting time for the day. With our IFTTT (If This Then That) and Zapier integrations, you can schedule based on all sorts of conditions, like when you first arrive at the office, or when a high-priority help ticket comes in.
A FRIENDLY FORCE FIELD TO
HELP YOU CONCENTRATE
Silence your phone. Automatically tell your group messaging that you are in the zone so no interruptions, please. Set your Slack status to ‘away.’ Post a do-not-disturb note on your calendar.
It’s like noise-cancelling headphones for your digital life.
GO TO YOUR PRODUCTIVITY
Create an environment that’s perfect for focus. IFTTT connects FocusTime to the Internet of Things, so you can turn down the lights, adjust the thermostat, and rock out to your favorite power jams.
INTEGRATIONS: FOCUSTIME WORKS WITH THE APPS YOU ALREADY USE
Use your existing tools to create the perfect conditions for concentration. Some examples:
Control your Slack presence
- Set your status to 'away' during times when you are concentrating
- Automatically post a message to a channel letting people know not to disturb you
Location-based focus: Automatic knows where you park your car, and can:
- Start FocusTime when you arrive at work / school / your favorite coffee shop (see recipe)
- End FocusTime when you leave a location...
Get the most from your billable time
Turn on FocusTime when a Harvest timer is active (see recipe) and make sure that you get the most out of your time on the clock.
Reward yourself with comfort
When you're in the zone, you deserve to feel comfortable. Splurge a little and turn the A/C down a few degrees. Then set it back to normal when you're done.
Focus when a high-priority ticket comes in.
Keep a special list in Trello specifically for 'drop-everything' critical items. When a new card is added to that list, automatically start FocusTime so you're not distracted.
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Some ideas for optimizing your work environment for better focus.
The best Pomodoros ever
Do you use a time management method like the Pomodoro Technique? If so, FocusTime is a great addition to your routine. You can use it to time your work sprints, and the distraction blocking will help you stay honest with yourself.
A do it yourself ‘do-not-disturb’ light
A tap on the shoulder can be a problem when you need to focus. Fortunately, you can give people a heads-up that you’re concentrating and shouldn’t be disturbed with a special status light at your desk.
Schedule your focus sessions
You can plan out periods to focus in advance, then connect your calendar to FocusTime and automatically start FocusTime whenever an event tagged with a certain keyword (example: #FOCUSING) starts.
Or, if you know you ALWAYS want to start the day without distractions, you can create an alert that will trigger a 30 minute FocusTime session as soon as you start using your computer each weekday.