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Five Websites and Apps to Use for Being Productive

This article is written by a student writer from the Her Campus at Chapman chapter.


A website that lets you listen to the sounds of a coffee shop, the rain, waves, a bonfire, birds, and more. Soundrown is perfect for creating the ambience of your favorite study location without actually having to be there, and helps you focus on whatever task it is you aim to accomplish.


An app that uses the Pomodoro Technique of time management, which breaks down your work time into periods of 25 minutes with timed short breaks in between. Pomodrone is perfect for improving your staying mentally sharp and focused while still being able to take breaks in between studying or doing homework.


An app available for both your phone and laptop, Sunrise allows you to stay organized and plan your days, weeks, and months through its calendar. It automatically syncs with Google Calendar, iCloud, and pretty much anything else that you can think of on all platforms.


Focus is an app you can download for the Mac that allows you to block any website (like Netflix) you might find yourself distracted with while attempting to do that dreaded long paper or studying for a midterm. It even lets you block websites at only certain times, and gives you a motivational quote when you blacklist a website – perfect for boosting productivity instantaneously. You do have to purchase this app, but a good cost-free alternative is the Self Control app.


Momentum is an extension you can download exclusively on Google Chrome, and essentially creates a personalized dashboard that shows up when you open a new tab. The dashboard consists of the time, a greeting, a positive quote, and can be utilized as a to-do list that helps you stay focused and inspired. On top of all that, it’s always accompanied by a beautiful landscape picture as the background.

Sneh Chawla is a Strategic and Corporate Communication major at Chapman University. She enjoys coffee, comedy, and all things pop culture. When she's not in class, you can usually find her instagramming (at @violethills), re-watching episodes of a television show she's already seen multiple times, or alternatively, napping.