Lazar Focus is a tiny app and website distraction blocker to help you focus. When you press the "Focus" button, Lazar Focus does two things: 1. It starts blocking distracting websites on all the most popular browsers, without any additional plugins required. Any distracting sites that you have configured will automatically be redirected to an inspirational quote instead. 2. It closes and then blocks any distracting apps, for example your mail app, and any chat apps, enabling you to focus. Press the focus button again to stop the focus session, re-enabling the blocked sites and apps. You can add a description of what you did during that block. Lazar Focus keeps track of all of these blocks in its database, so you know how you are doing! Besides its distraction blocking and focus block functions, Lazar Focus has the following additional features: - A configurable Refocus Reminder that will remind you every quarter, half or on the hour to evaluate the time you just spent, and to re-focus for the coming period. The reminder also has an optional meditation bell sound. - Lazar Focus can optionally also do fully automatic and private time-tracking on your PC.
What's new in this version
This new version, 1.2.0, released on 2020-10-24, has the following changes: - Implemented configurable Refocus Reminder: If activated, Lazar Focus will remind you every quarter, half or on the hour so that you can re-focus. This is inspired by the "refocus" reminder alarm in Peter Bregman's "An 18-Minute Plan for Managing Your Day". - Added systray icon from which you can start / stop focus blocks or quit Lazar Focus. Previous version, 1.1.2.beta, released on 2020-07-23, had the following changes: - Implemented config persistence system, and then used that to persist the "log" setting. In other words, Lazar Focus will now remember whether you had the log checkbox checked or not, instead of returning to the default setting. - Updated URL blocker to support latest version of Edge, and made more robust. - Fixed logo clipping issues on displays with 100% scaling. - Added minimum size constraints for settings window.
- Uses only 8MB RAM.
- Blocks distracting websites on Chrome, Firefox, Edge and Brave, no plugins required.
- Blocks distracting Windows apps, of your choosing, by closing them and keeping them closed while you work.
- Configurable Refocus Reminder to help keep you focused throughout the day.
- Optional detailed and fully private recording of your activity for personal analytics, billing or timesheets.