If you’ve been reading my blog for a while, you know how much I love Evernote. Recently I discovered a new application called Notion that I’ve started using to keep track of certain types of information. It’s almost as good as Evernote, but not quite. In this post, I’ll explain what Notion is, and how you can use it to keep your work from home life organized. [Read more…] about How to Use Notion to Organize Your Work from Home Life
A while back, I reviewed Picmonkey, a website for creating different types of visuals, such as banner ads and ebook covers, among other things. Today I wanted to review another design website I’ve used extensively, Canva. This website is similar to Picmonkey because you can use it to create different visuals, such as social media posts, social media page headers, and blog graphics. I’ve used it to create some of the visuals I post on my Facebook pages, such as this infographic that I posted on the Work at Home Tips Online Facebook page a while ago. [Read more…] about Create Stunning Visuals and Marketing Materials with Canva
Previously I wrote blog posts about MailerLite and Draft. Draft has become one of my new favorite tools for drafting articles for clients as well as posts for my websites, and MailerLite has become my new favorite mailing list management website. This week I learned a few new things about both of these resources, and I wanted to share them with you. [Read more…] about More About MailerLite and Draft
One of the Christmas presents that I got this year that I’m really loving is my Amazon Echo Dot. I’ve found many different ways to use it, including a few that help me stay focused and productive when working from home. In this post, I’ll share some of the ways I use the Echo Dot when working from home. [Read more…] about Ways to Use the Echo Dot When Working From Home
A few weeks ago I reviewed a software program called FocusMe, which helps you focus on what you’re supposed to be doing at the present moment by blocking out distracting websites and applications for a specific period of time. I liked FocusMe, except that it didn’t allow you to set a timer until a certain time, it only allowed you to set your timers for a specific length of time. Also, I could only use it for free for a little while, then I would have had to pay for it if I wanted to keep using it. So I did some research and found another focus program called Cold Turkey – I’ll review it in this post.
How does Cold Turkey differ from FocusMe?
As I just mentioned, Cold Turkey allows you to block distracting websites or applications until a certain time, rather than a specific length of time. So if you know you’re going to write until 12 pm, for example, you can set up a timer for writing by first choosing the websites and applications you want to block, and then setting your timer by first choosing the hour and then the minutes. I like this because if you do want to work until a specific time, you don’t have to figure out how long you’ll be working like you do with FocusMe. Keep in mind as you set your timer that times after 12 pm will be listed in 24 hour time, so 1:00 is 13:00, 2:00 is 14:00, and so on.
What are the downsides of Cold Turkey?
You can use the program completely free – however you can only block websites with the free version, not applications. However, if you want to buy the program, it’s only a one-time charge of $19. Also, Cold Turkey doesn’t run in the system tray like FocusMe does – you have to keep the program open in the background in order to use it. Another downside of Cold Turkey is that as far as I can tell, at least, there’s no way to cancel the timer once you’ve started it if you need to get to a website you’ve got blocked in an emergency. Other than that, I think it’s a great program – I like it a lot better than FocusMe, and will probably eventually buy the full version so I can block applications as well as websites.
How do I download Cold Turkey?
If you’re interested in trying the program, you can go to https://getcoldturkey.com/ to download it.
I hope this review has been helpful – if you’ve used Cold Turkey, feel free to comment below with your experiences.