Working and studying on the computer can be difficult tasks in the face of so many options of distraction, such as social networks, websites and entertainment pages. However, some software, such as the task manager Trello and the extensive AutoControle, can help with the administration of activities and the organization of time, improving concentration and productivity during the performance of duties.
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Other options, such as the Google Keep notes app and the Windows 10 Focus Assistant, can also assist the user in daily work done on the PC. The following list contains five useful tools to make working and studying more efficient on the computer.
Task managers like Trello can improve user productivity Photo: Divulgao / Trello
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The extensive Break Timer, for Google Chrome, reminds the user to take breaks during the workday, avoiding wear and fatigue. The alerts are displayed in a pop-up in the corner of the page or in full screen. It is possible to customize the frequency of the breaks, such as every half hour, for example, and also the duration of each break. The tool also allows you to postpone the pause so that the notification appears within a few minutes.
Extensive Break Timer creates work intervals while using Google Chrome Photo: Reproduo / Rodrigo Fernandes
Extensive Time Tracker, also for Chrome, shows how much time the user spent accessing social networks in the browser, in a statement by day, week and month. With the resource, the user will realize whether excessive access to these pages is hindering the performance of activities and, from then on, be able to reduce the time spent on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter, for example.
Page blocked by the extensive AutoControle Photo: Reproduo / Rodrigo Fernandes
The AutoControle plugin already blocks access to pages and social networks after a certain access time, in case the user is exaggerating. The time management app allows greater control over online schedules and prevents loss of productivity.
Google Keep is a Google note-taking service Photo: Divulgao / Google
The Google Keep extension for Google Chrome allows you to save notes, links and images found on the web to read later. This way, the user does not need to stop what he is doing to access an entertainment content, avoiding distractions and loss of concentration and productivity. In addition to saving the items in the browser, the reminders are synchronized by the app and can be accessed on the cell phone or another computer later.
Trello helps to manage stages of a process Photo: Rodrigo Fernandes / TechTudo
Trello is a useful task manager for organizing things to do in personal and professional projects. The tool organizes the works in separate tables, and all pending tasks can be distributed on cards, allowing the creation of a production line until the conclusion of the activity. It is possible to insert texts with the description of the objectives to be completed, images, links, deadline indicators, checklists and organizing labels. In addition to the Web version, Trello is also available for Android and iPhone (iOS).
Windows 10 has gained a feature called Focus Assistant, which can be useful to improve concentration and avoid distractions while using the computer. The function disables unnecessary alerts on the desktop and prevents the user from being disturbed at certain times. The feature can be activated manually or programmed to run automatically, according to your location, activity or time.
Focus Assistant a more advanced do not disturb mode Photo: Reproduo / Paulo Alves
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