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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.
A guest post by ClickMinded
People use social media every day for various reasons. It has also become the perfect place for branding and marketing. And with the help of Social Media Optimization, it can boost the traffic movement to your website and improve its ranking on search engines. One good example would be Facebook. Facebook has definitely become a ripe market for promoting brands. And with the right way to use its advantages, it can surely help you with your branding and marketing. So here are some tips that will help you get the most of what social media has to offer your business:
Know the Social Media World
Understanding the needs of social media users is vital in the process of promoting your brand. It is a must to find out what the people are interested in or vice versa, so that you would know what to post on your profile for a better feedback.
Keep your Social Media Posts Interesting
One important key to it is consistency. In order to catch more people’s attention, you need to be consistent in posting on your profile. To get more attention and exposure, you may also use pictures, gifs, videos, and hashtags to make your profile look more interesting. It is also important to keep your posts short and concise to make sure everybody reads it and gets the message.
Create a Decent Profile
Creating social media profiles are crucial to branding. Make sure that the details you use for your profile are true and an interesting representation of your brand. Use your company logo, it will give a lasting impression on your potential customer. And do not forget to add your contact information, so it would be easy for your customers to reach you through your email or phone number.
Interact with Social Media Users
Creating a network is one thing to keep in mind, but connecting with social media users is another. People value brands that give their customers the amount of attention they need. Interacting with your followers will prevent traffic from coming in. Responding to comments, sharing positive feedbacks, and thanking individual customers is a great way of connecting with your followers on social media.
Search Engine Optimization (SEO)
Search Engine Optimization is the process of increasing search results to consequently drive more traffic to your website. This will allow your social media profile to appear in search results as long as you keep your profile buzzing from attention. Normally, search engines use Facebook likes or retweets to rank pages on web searches. Social media profiles are also most likely to appear first than your website due to its demand and popularity of usage. Therefore, you should always keep your social media profile up to date with the attention you can gather from other social media users. Know more about how you can implement search engine optimization and sign up for an online SEO training.
If you want to spread your company’s image and in promoting your brand, you should use all the positive advantages you can get from the social media world. Because it is always essential for you to keep your brand image going for the success of your business.
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Michelle Gonzalez has been writing for SMEs across the United States, Canada, Australia and the UK for the last five years. She is a highly-experienced blogger and SEO copywriter, writing business blogs for various industries such as marketing, law, health and wellness, beauty, and education, particularly on creating online courses such as those offered by ClickMinded.com.
Do you have problems focusing on the project you’re supposed to be working on? Do you find yourself going to websites you shouldn’t be on during the time you’re supposed to be working? Luckily there are several different websites and programs that can help you focus on what you’re supposed to be doing by blocking distracting websites and programs for a specific amount of time – one of these is FocusMe, which I’ll discuss in this blog post.
What is FocusMe?
Focus Me is a program that runs in your taskbar.
How do I use FocusMe to stay focused?
You can set it to block certain websites and/or programs for a certain length of time – just click your secondary mouse button on the icon and choose “Block Additional,” then type in the web addresses you want to block, and/or the names of the programs you want to block. Then click on the icon again and choose “Focus,” and choose the amount of time you want to block websites and applications – if you try to bring up one of those websites or applications during that time, the program will automatically minimize it.
What if I need to use one of the websites or programs I’m blocking during that time?
If you need to use one of the websites or programs during one of your focus sessions, you can click your primary mouse button and type the five characters shown to unlock FocusMe so you can get to that website or program.
What other ways can I use FocusMe to become more focused?
You can look at your tracking reports for each day to see how much time you’re spending on different websites – If you find you’re still spending time on distracting websites or using distracting programs on your computer, you can add those websites or programs to your list of programs or websites that you want to block. You can al os use the time limiter to limit the amount of time you spend on distracting websites.
What if I work on different types of projects or for different clients?
You can create different profiles for the different types of work you do – you can customize which websites and applications you want to block on each profile – for example if you do phone work, you may want to create a phone work profile were you block websites like Facebook, Twitter and Google search. If you also write, you may want to create a separate profile where you allow Google search for any research you have to do, but block Facebook, Twitter and other sites and applications that could be distracting while you write.
Can FocusMe be used as a Pomodoro timer?
Yes, you can switch it to the Pomdoro mode and set the length you want your Pomodoros to be. For more information on the Pomodoro method, click here.
Can FocusMe be used on all electronic devices?
No, at this time there is only a desktop version of FocusMe, but if you’re interested in finding out if and when a mobile version becomes available, click here.
Where can I download FocusMe?
If you’re interested in downloading FocusMe, you can download it here.
There is a new version of FocusMe available. It includes all the same features, but it’s now available for the macOS, Windows 10, 8 and 7, and the Google Chrome, Firefox, Microsoft Edge, Internet Explorer, Opera and Safari, among others.
Recently I re-opened my Amazon Prime account, and in the last few days I’ve spent WAY more than I probably should have on stuff on Amazon. One of the things I’m trying to do though, is get my office more organized, and to that end, my husband suggested I order myself a Brother P-Touch Label Maker – he uses one for his work and likes it a lot. So I did a search on Amazon and of course, I found one. I tried using it a little bit last night and found it was surprisingly easy to use – didn’t really have to read the instructions a whole lot to figure out how to use it. In this post I’ll explain how to use it, and what I plan to use mine for, as well as other things you can use a Brother P-Touch label maker for.
The P-Touch label Maker I ended up buying was the Brother P-Touch PT-D600 Label Maker. It has a color display, and I can also connect it to my PC, although I haven’t done that yet. I actually found it was pretty easy to use – the label tape loaded easily (it comes with some black on white label tape, but I also ordered some additional black on white label tape, one roll in the 1 inch with and another in the 1/2 inch width. When I plugged in the label maker and turned it on, the first thing that came up was a menu showing me the option to make a new label – I selected that, then started typing my text. The text was too small on the first few labels I made, but I did figure out how to change the width of the text. I started by making labels for the fronts of a few of my Moleskine Cahier Journals as well as labels for the spines of a few of my three-ring binders:
I also want to use the half inch label tape to make new file folder labels for some of my file folders – that will probably be my project for tonight. I will post more updates as I continue to get my office organized.