Facebook How to Temporarily Block Facebook At best, you could describe it as a distraction …

At best, you could describe it as a compulsive distraction. At worst, it can be a full-blown addiction.

A problem that can be symptomatic of deeper issues, such as internet addiction, smartphone addiction, and more. When you find yourself running low on digital willpowerSometimes the answer is to block out distractions entirely.

Fortunately, you are neither the first nor the only one to suffer from this condition. Many tools have been developed to combat it and most of them are available for free. Here are some of the best we have used.

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LeechBlock [Firefox]

It is a bread and butter add-on for Firefox. Without it, my productivity would plummet and I would become a disaster.

If you are a regular Firefox user and you haven’t tried LeechBlock yet, do yourself a favor and install it right away. Setup is fairly easy and you will make up for many hours per day that could have been wasted.

You can designate up to 6 different sets of websites that are blocked according to various conditions. What days of the week? In what hours? For how long? Should it be repeated? How do you want the sites to be blocked?

Each set can be customized, allowing you to block social media during the day, block work sites at night, block pornography at all times, etc.

You can also lock sets on demand instead of waiting for their scheduled times. Take a look at my LeechBlock review for a more in-depth look at this essential plugin.

StayFocusd [Chrome]

StayFocusd is reminiscent of LeechBlock, except that it is built for Chrome. I don’t know which came first, but in the end it doesn’t matter because they both excel at what they should do.

Do you need to block annoying websites so you can stay focused on your work? This is the extension you want, soon.

The concept is the same. Maintains a list of blocked sites and set conditionals for when those sites are blocked based on the days of the week and hours of the day. Unlike LeechBlock, you can only maintain one set of sites.

You can set a “Maximum time allowed” setting that allows you to browse blocked sites for X minutes every day.

For example, if you block YouTube but set this option to 30 minutes, you can browse 30 minutes of YouTube on days when YouTube is blocked.

Cold turkey [Windows]

Quitting something “cold turkey” means giving it up suddenly and all at once. As such, Cold Turkey is an aptly named show.

Like LeechBlock and StayFocusd, interrupt access to any site you have blocked, but it is a much more powerful desktop program than either of the two browser plugins.

Blocks websites at the computer level rather than at the browser level. This means that you will not be able to access such sites with ANY browser.

But also, you will not be able to access certain sites through other programs such as video games (for example, Steam). In addition to blocking sites, Cold Turkey can block the execution of entire programs.

Advanced computer gurus can bypass Cold Turkey’s restrictions, but they are strong enough to deter most users.

Cannot be stopped using systray or task manager, nor can it be disabled by uninstalling it while it is active.

xMinutesAt [sitio web]

When your willpower is good, but not good enough, xMinutesAt is the website to help you bridge the gap.

Let’s say you feel like browsing your favorite forums, but you know that you will get carried away for hours without realizing it. Sounds familiar right?

With xMinutesAt, you can spend “X minutes on” a certain website before it tells you that time is up. That reminder may be all you need to get you out of it, closing the tab, and getting back to work.

Using the site is easy too. All you have to do is enter how long you want your grace period to be followed by the site URL.

Or you can drag the bookmark to your browser bookmarks bar, allowing you to quickly set a time limit for the current page you are on. For instructions on that, check out the xMinutesAt site.