Conquering Finals: 3 Tech Tools to Keep you Focused During Finals Week

 Strict Workflow

Strict Workflow operates of the idea of working for a period of time and then taking a break. With Strict Workflow you focus for 25 minutes, then reward yourself with a sanity-saving 5 minute break. You click on the tomato to start the timer, and it sits unobtrusively in the corner of your screen. You can also blacklist specific sites during your sessions.

Productivity Owl

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Productivity Owl is a Chrome extension that follows your internet tracks, and has the capability to run interference on your time-wasting. When you’re not being productive, Productivity Owl swoops in and closes your procrastination tabs. You can specify websites always allowed, block other websites, and schedule free time in your browser to do whatever you’d like. You can also save webpages for later.  Productivity Owl allows you a certain amount of time on sites so you’re forced to get the information you need quickly before it closes the tab.


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StayFocusd is a Google Chrome app that increases your productivity by limiting access to time-wasting websites. It allows users a certain amount of time on social media sites per day, and blocks the site after the time limit is reached. StayFocusd can block webpages, paths and images.

Conquering Finals: Tech on 2 Resources

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Tech on 2 is the LMU student Help Desk located on Level 2 of the Library. It provides both quick walk-up support as well as more in-depth support. Tech on 2 is a  wonderful place to visit during finals to help make your study session, final projects or presentations go smoothly.

At Tech on 2, you can get help with the following Monday-Friday from 8am-8pm:

  • Resolve LMU account issues
  • Get wired/wireless assistance
  • Residence Hall device registrations (TVs, video game systems, etc.)
  • Virus/spyware scanning
  • Hardware/software troubleshooting
  • Data/document recovery

And you can check out the following equipment Sunday-Thursday until midnight and Friday and Saturday until 8pm :