Studying is hard enough without the constant distractions and, as we always say, studying isn’t about how long you study for – it’s about how much you can get done in that time. So while willpower is one way to avoid wasting time on sites like Facebook or YouTube binges there are also site blockers you can use which just helps do the hard work for you.

What you need – really depends on if you’re studying from a computer or a phone for starters. A lot of apps and sites are designed to hold your attention because that’s how they make their money. It’s not malicious or evil, it’s just their business model. This is fine – but not great when you really want to be studying instead.

On the matter of mobile usage, the simplest solution is to remove the temptation. Most free-to-play mobile games, and most social media platforms, are designed to be addicting. They trigger dopamine release and exploit the reward-seeking parts of your brain to keep you coming back to them, though oddly enough, they never seem to provide much of a “reward.” Whether it’s the big flashy popping balloons of your games or the notifications button on your Facebook page, it’s there to make you addicted and either stare at ads or give them money to chase your “reward” a little faster.

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To make the most from your studying don’t focus on the time you invest. Focus on the quality of your study session over the quantity you do. This is one of the key things we focus on and we absolutely think you can get twice the results in half the time. Make sure you grab the free audiobook Unlimited Memory by a chess grandmaster which will absolutely transform your results overnight if you apply the techniques.

It’s similar to how casinos get people addicted to gambling. If a gambling addict were to ask a question similar to yours, what might you suggest? “Don’t go to casinos and make it very difficult for you to get to a casino.” You might block online poker websites and choose a random password you can’t break. You might remove people who share your addiction from your life.

The mobile solution is simpler. Uninstall all of the addicting apps. If that is insufficient, or you find it too difficult, get rid of your smart phone and buy a flip phone. Like any addiction, it will be difficult at first, but it will get easier with each passing day.

If cutting cold turkey is too difficult, here’s an intermediate step you can take. Go into the settings of all your apps and disable all notifications. Your phone will no longer vibrate, light up, and show you cheerful alerts letting you know your apps are going to give you more rewards. If you want to seek your reward, you will need to spontaneously think of the app and go through the trouble of opening it to find out if there’s a reward waiting for you. This should dramatically reduce the effect the app is having on your brain and make it easier to quit in a couple weeks (which you should commit to doing).

As far as procrastination is concerned, that’s a far larger topic. The solution that will work best for you will depend on the root of your procrastination.

Oftentimes procrastination is rooted in resentment. It’s a passive aggressive response to the obligations the universe is putting on you. You feel like you “have to” do this activity, and since you feel impotent and unacknowledged, you feel spiteful and find excuses to shirk the responsibility.

If that’s the case, it’s worth exploring why you feel you “have to” do this thing in the first place. Maybe you don’t. What would happen if you gave yourself permission to not do the activity? If the consequences are minor, maybe you shouldn’t do it after all. If, on the other hand, there are very good reasons for doing the activity, write out what those reasons are. How does doing this help you achieve your own needs and wants? When that’s clear, it’s no longer “I have to do X,” it’s “I want to do X so I can get Y.” It’s a lot easier to find motivation when you’re thinking in terms of “I want” rather than “I have to.”

You can see more advice like this on Quora.

For computers, there is a wide range of software and sites you can use. SelfControl is a popular choice for Mac and GetColdTurkey is a good choice for Windows because it’s tough to change your mind once you’ve set a block.

These are far from your only options though:

  • Time Limits
    Don’t want your kids to be distracted by their phones during study hours and chores? FamilyTime lets you limit device access in those hours to make sure they concentrate on their work.
  • BedTime
    With FamilyTime’s smart BedTime controls, you can limit screen time on their devices during night hours. This way, you can make sure they don’t use their phones and get sound sleep.
  • Homework Time
    Kids can hardly take their eyes off their phones and focus on their homework but not anymore! You can easily lock their mobile devices with Homework Time screen lock.
  • Block Pornography
    Worried your children might be able to get access to pornographic material on their devices? FamilyTime lets you completely block porn websites and make it so that they won’t even be able to see search results with pornographic material.
  • SafeSearch
    Do you think your children might be on the internet looking for the wrong kind of content? Activate SafeSearch on Google, Bing, and YouTube and all unpleasant content would be totally inaccessible to them through those search engines.
  • Web Filter
    The internet is a minefield of inappropriate content. With the internet filter, you can select and block access to specific content categories so your children never stumble upon websites you don’t want them to.
  • Child Data Privacy
    We take Data Privacy very seriously. Your child data remains completely safe and well-protected with us. Even our Support staff cannot access or view your child data.
  • One account for your family, unlimited devices
    Manage your family’s all mobile devices with one FamilyTime account and track all devices from a single dashboard.
  • Use FamilyTime on the go – make changes, manage child device
    Manage your child’s device via FamilyTime Dashboard app or via the website using any device with a browser so you can use FamilyTime even on the go.
  • Give your partner, relatives and other carers access for FREE
    Invite your partner, parents or other carers to manage your child’s FamilyTime Parental Control settings.
  • Prevent kids from uninstalling FamilyTime
    You can block access to settings to prevent FamilyTime to be uninstalled so your children can’t uninstall the app.
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    FamilyTime is available for iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Android and Kindle Fire devices.
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From: https://familytime.io/.

Eventually, it really helps if you work on forming the discipline to help avoid sites yourself. The more you study the easier you’ll find it over time and the less you’ll require a site blocker for studying. Improving your focus is kind of like working a muscle in the gym, the more you use it the better you get with it. A site blocker can certainly be a useful tool to help get you started though.