The moment we open our computer there is a vast cloud of information available to us. Whether we are at work or have a business handling at home, it becomes very difficult to be productive for 8 or 9 hours. This is because we have access to all the things, I mean entertainment, social media, incoming emails, etc. How to keep ourselves on track so that we can focus on our goals while accessing the Internet. This calls the need for a website blocker software which can block the distraction right at the main door.
Cold Turkey is a free website blocker software, an answer to block all the distractions that we have access to. It is a smart solution which you can use to block the websites which distract you when you are working. We easily get distracted while working, isn’t it! We have Twitter, Facebook, and many other social networks that distracts us from concentrating on the main subject. But not anymore, because software like Cold Turkey are there to be more productive if we really want to.
Here is the homepage of the software displaying information about Cold Turkey. The website blocker program has some requirements to work. It works on Windows 7 and above with Internet Explorer 10 and above, MAC 10.11 + with Safari 10, Firefox version 50 and above, and recent versions of Chrome and Opera. It works on Android as well. Pricing has 3 plans – Basic, Pro, and Bundle. Since I am using the Basic plan, I don’t have access to several features which I have explained later in the article. However, the free plan is powerful enough. We can set timer and block any website in the free plan. Premium plans have more features like add applications to the block list, use scheduler, set break intervals, etc. For me, basic plan works fine. You can also first go through this free plan and if you find it productive, you can think to buy premium subscription.
Download the software, install, and it will open the interface like the one shown above. I directly jumped into editing the distraction list here by following the path – Block Lists > Distractions > Edit. You can create individual lists and categorize the websites accordingly. I have created the list Entertainment apart from the Distractions which was already there.
In the above screen, I am defining the time until when the websites will be blocked. Reach here by just clicking on Timer option available in the left side. Notice the Block Until field! There is a calendar icon using which you can choose the number of days for the websites to be blocked, the time and very beautifully created interface, just choose the right day, time and press ‘ON/OFF’ to activate the website blocker program. Note that I can’t set the Break Timer here as I am a free user. Once everything is set, press ON and it will give you a warning as you really want to activate the blocker or not? Click yes.
I set the things and closed the Cold Turkey software. Opened Chrome and tried to reach the websites. The screenshot above is one of the blocked websites I tried to reach. As you see, it restricts you displaying a motivational quote. Interesting, isn’t it? Note here, for some websites it will display that Cold Turkey has blocked it and for some, it will say – the site cannot be reached!
Let me mention some premium features of the website blocker program. You are thorough about Block Lists and Timers by now. Once you buy the Pro or Bundle, other features inside Timers will be available like Break Timer which is a great feature as you can define breaks as well. Other features are as follows:
- White Listing: Here you can whitelist some websites like Gmail, Google maps, Bing maps, etc I mean which will not distract you.
- Block Applications: This is awesome. If you have any application installed on your computer which you think is distracting, then go ahead and list it in Cold Turkey distractions.
- Schedule Breaks: You can make a weekly schedule along with the dedicated breaks so that you can stick to what you have thought to complete the project/work.
- Get Offline: Use Frozen Turkey feature, give yourself some time away from the computer as you will be locked out of the computer.
- Keep Track of Progress: Each time a distraction is blocked, it will save some time and show the progress in a graph.
You can explore the website for more information like you can send a feedback to the developer directly using a form. This website blocker software is not only for work purpose but you can use it at your home. If you think that your child access adult websites, then block those things using this software. It’s a powerful website blocker software and you should try it.