Technology often takes the blame for keeping us from being productive. We often grow frustrated with notifications and emails for interfering with our lives. If you want to learn how to stop procrastinating, it may be time to stop blaming technology and start using it.

Sometimes it feels like you’re fighting an uphill battle against distraction, but it doesn’t have to be that way. Enlist the help of apps to keep you on track. We’ve scoured the internet to bring you the best apps to help you stay focused.

1. Rescue Time

Rescue Time help you to find out how much time you’re really on-task. Label activities as productive and non-productive so you can block your biggest distractions. Get a categorized breakdown of how you spend your time.

Price: Free (Web )

2. Pomodoro Time Tracker

The Pomodoro Technique keeps your mind sharp and wards off fatigue. It involved working and taking breaks at set intervals. The Pomodoro Time Tracker takes the guess-work out of this technique.

Simply start the 25-minute timer, and follow the prompts.

Price: Free (Web )

3. Freedom

Freedom allows you to block the internet, social media, and apps that eat up your time.

Categorize how you spend your time, decide how long you need to work without interruption, and block items that take you off track. Freedom is superior to many other blockers because you can block applications –not just websites.

Price: One month free trial, $6.99 monthly (Mac, Windows, and iOS )

4. Forest

Forest turns productivity into a game. “Plant” a virtual tree at the beginning of your work time. If you maintain focus for the duration of the timer, you’ll grow a tree to add to your forest.

Forest makes you think twice about traveling down internet rabbit holes when you’re supposed to be working.

Price: $1.99 (iOS and Android ), Free (Chrome extension )

Procrastination is the thief of time

Our days last for 24 hours, but some of us seem to be able to accomplish more than others within the same span of time. Distraction eats up your day and trains your brain to have a short attention span. Let technology teach you how to stop procrastinating and help you build the habits that will propel you to new levels of success.

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