Concentrate

Version: 1.2.1 || Release Date: 2010-12-15 || License: Shareware ($29) Developer: rocket | App Owner: brianc

Eliminate distractions. Concentrate sets up your environment for you by blocking websites, quitting and launching apps, setting your chat status and more.

Concentrate helps you work and study more productively by eliminating distractions.

To start, create an activity (study, write, design, etc) and choose actions (described below) to run every time you concentrate. When ready, just click “concentrate." All your distractions will dissappear and a timer will appear to help you stay focused.

Actions that can be run include:

  • Launch Applications: Choose apps needed to complete your activity
  • Quit Applications: Quit any distracting or unnecessary apps
  • Open Websites: Open any sites needed for your current activity
  • Block Websites: Keep yourself from distracting sites like Twitter or Facebook
  • Open Documents: Open any pertinent documents in their default applications
  • Set Chat Status: Set your iChat, Adium or Skype status to away
  • Speak a Message: Set up spoken messages to alert you to stay on task
  • Play a Sound: Add a sound alert to notify you of progress along the way
  • Run Scripts: Run scripts to remove any unique distractions not already eliminated
  • Growl: Remind yourself to stay on track with Growl notifications

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5 Opinions

Here's an idea and it's for free....shutdown all the apps but the one you're working with ;)

Great app, but it could use some tweaks. First, I can't figure out how to move different activities up and down, so I can reorder them. If this is not my mistake, you have to incorporate this in the next update. I could also use some kind of log window, which would inform me of the time I spend on each activity. Most of similar timers are meant for business customers, so Concentrate could become THE timer for creative work. I know it's not the basic function of this software, but joined with brilliant core idea it would really stand out.

Since I read Getting Things Done I always wanted something like this at my mac. Just bought it and couldnt be happier :)

just been playing with this app, because its i something i have often wanted. so far its a really cool and well developed idea.

Concentrate looks like it could develop into the central “mode” hub on OS X, by combining status setting actions with focussing aids. The app is already very polished and feature complete for a beta (including things many 1.0 apps happily forego, like am AppleScript dictionary, or contextual menus on the Dock icon), and the developer is very responsive about smoothing out the rough edges left.