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Sites to Boost Productivity

This week, we have compiled a list of our favorite free productivity-boosting sites to help take your writing endeavors to the next level.

Hello Authors,

We hope you’ve had a particularly productive week. With the weather improving and spring break on the horizon, we know it can be easy to get distracted from the task at hand. As members of Author Services, we are invested in your success and want to help you achieve your productivity goals as well as your financial aspirations. 

Thus, we have compiled a list of our favorite free productivity-boosting sites to help take you the extra mile in your writing endeavors.

This list-making app and site is the perfect place to document your ideas or to-do-list. It is also great for mind-mapping or pre-writing orders. WorkFlowy features a simple and elegant interface and is easy to use on your phone, tablet, or computer.

Productivity Owl
Productivity Owl is the niftiest Google Chrome extension around. When you are not being productive, the Productivity Owl will swoop across your screen and close distracting tabs on your behalf. You can schedule your free time hours and decide which websites you consider distracting.

Focus Writer
Focus Writer creates a workspace free of distracting icons or websites by temporarily hiding all running programs from your desktop. It includes easily customizable themes, a time, auto-save, spell check and typewriter sounds you can toggle on and off. 

Rainy Mood
For those who enjoy a slight drizzle or a soothing storm, Rainy Mood provides the perfect background sounds for hours of writing. You can choose to listen to the stormy sounds or combine them with carefully curated tunes. It’s a perfect combination.

Calm is a mindfulness and meditation app that is perfect for making a temporary escape. Freelancing is stressful, and taking a moment for yourself can sometimes make the difference between pushing through the mental block and completely burning yourself out. When it all seems to be a bit too much, let Calm bring you clarity and peace. 

Hemingway, much like the widely known Grammarly, is a proofreading and word counting app to help you in your proofreading quest. Mistakes are highlighted in corresponding colors for easy reading and correction. Nothing beats an old-fashioned proofread, but it is always nice to have a little help.
We hope this list has provided you with a few tools to help you beat Spring Distraction Syndrome. Feel free to leave us a comment down below if you had success with one of the sites or apps listed.

Thank you for all your hard work!

-Your Author Services Team


282273 9. April 2016 - 3:40

Working while listening to music or television distracts me, but Rainy Mood is wonderful. Immediately I completed more tasks. Thank you! I seriously will be trying Productivity Owl while trying hard not to laugh while imagining Clippy being carried off by said swooping changes. Time to Calm down and get back to writing. 😉


159121 12. April 2016 - 3:15

Great informati


86928 13. April 2016 - 20:27

I'm like ITO, music distracts me, but I love rain noise. I like to play it very loud to drown out everything else. After awhile, it just melts into my consciousness. One day, I was thinking that I wanted to walk down to my neighbor's house, but I couldn't, because it was raining, then I looked out the window and remembered it was just my noise playing.


63219 14. April 2016 - 0:54

Thank you!


631235 23. April 2016 - 23:57

While the current ratings system is obviously working, I do feel as if authors should be apply to request an account review. A-605453 made a valid point. 3-star work is dwindling, and I'm sure a lot of us are desperate to reach/get back to a 4-star rating. Randomizing the review process makes that extraordinarily difficult.


650441 23. July 2016 - 17:43

Wow! A new way to improve your writing. These are great ways to approach your skills. Thank you for the information! 


650441 27. July 2016 - 18:54

I have to revise my paper that I just sent in. I pushed a button by accident. Sorry!


282273 27. December 2016 - 7:03

This timely topic is very helpful right now. Thank you for posting.


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