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6 Free Productivity Tools

Although eLearning offers many advantages for full-time employees and companies alike, with the promise of technology also comes the lure of distraction. Taking online courses or completing training modules via computer requires us to remain focused and productive. The wide range of destinations on the internet, however, plays games with our ability to concentrate on one task at a time. For those who have trouble managing their productivity, I want to point out the following free tools to help you remain on task as you study:
Both of these extensions for the Google-created Chrome browser allow users to either schedule or restrict their internet browsing time. You can create a list of sites to allow, block off time slots during which other sites are inaccessible, or disable your internet access altogether. For those who don't use Chrome, Leech Block is an effective extension for Firefox. These programs would effectively allow your browser to block all sites except those related to your online learning sessions.
JDarkRoom is a program that temporarily turns your computer into a simple word processor. It blocks your access to all other applications and simplifies your screen so that all you see are the words you type. You can customize the program to display various colors, word-count goals, and a timer. You can also write in a 'No Delete' mode, which is useful for free-writing and brainstorming exercises. Once you've reached your goals, you can close the program and return to your standard desktop.
Time management applications like Klok and RescueTime allow you to track how long you work on various tasks throughout the day, and they can provide you with a report of your activity so that you can adjust your focus the next time you sit down to your coursework. While Klok requires that you input your tasks manually, RescueTime will automatically track the applications you open, what websites you've visited, and compare those to your goals.
These are simply a few of the many free programs available to help you regain control of your concentration and enhance your productivity. If you are happy with these tools, then I recommend searching for many more and experimenting with each one. Once you get used to how they work individually, you'll soon be able to combine them to create the ultimate productivity tool.
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    By Anonymous Tessa, at 2:37 AM EST  

  • Jenna:
    Consider the possibilities using Wordle. This free online app allows users to enter any number of word or phrases from which a word cloud appears. You can go back in and make adjustments to each phrase or word by the number of times you use it in your list (You build it in Word) Get it --- Wordle.

    Here's a typical use. Say you are on a research project, or a job search. Entering the primary words commonly used in any of these realms compels you to focus on only what is really essential.

    BTW, it's also fun. I hope that's still allowed these days.

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  • I will use JDarkRoom next time i do a teaching session, it looks like a great tool

    By Anonymous Rozie, at 5:10 AM EDT  

  • Thanks for sharing, many of these look useful

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  • Thanks for this. These tools are very useful, especially for time management.

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  • Time management applications are effective tools for organizing time, setting goals and priorities, making realistic decisions, and tracking the activities of employees and makes their daily tasks more organized.

    Here's another list of free productivity tools which you can use to improve collaboration, project management, time management, and other personal goals.

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  • Wonderful tools that could contribute to the productivity to come up with accuracy. One more tool as well could be considered to be added from my end, the cloud based hours tracking tool from Replicon. The hassle free tool is all featured with the user friendly and calendar based interface which makes it and intuitive tool to work with and manage the things in the right perspective.

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