Our Story

A few years ago, I was in a vicious cycle of procrastination. I had just started working from home and had deadlines to meet for an important project. It was a real struggle. The same struggle that plagued me all through University.

No matter what I tried, I just couldn’t get on task. My favourite way to distract myself was playing multiplayer games and browsing social media. My work was slipping, and I was becoming desperate to break my bad habits for fear that I would otherwise lose my job.

After trying almost every way to keep myself on track and failing, I had realized I needed a way of blocking myself outright and began looking for software to help. The excitement of finally finding a tool that promised to block my temptations was quickly overturned by realizing how easy it was to disable and bypass.

It was as if I had two conflicting personas, one that knew what I truly wanted and what it would take to get there and the other that feared change and success and would lure me back to where I was comfortable, “procrastinating”. With the deadline looming over me I was defeated, back at square one and back to the drawing board.

As a last-ditch effort I decided to try and create an extension for the software that could stop me from by-passing it and after a few days of tireless coding it was time to try it on myself. I was anxious because I had just spent precious time working on a solution that could ultimately fail like everything else I had tried…

To both my surprise and relief, it worked! I was finally able to set and stick to blocking my online distractions, but what I didn’t realize at the time was just how well it would work for my future. Since I was unable to give into temptations, I spent more time working on my priorities. With time, I felt my focus beginning to improve.

This solution transformed my life and I can honestly say that because of it, I reached new levels of success in my career.

Over time I wanted more features, so I built my extension into a standalone application. Since it worked so well for me, I decided to share it with the world. It was 2010 and I had created a small website called distractionblocker.com (at the time a single HTML webpage with a PayPal buy now button).

I began making some sales and receiving feedback. This was a turning point in my life because it made me realize I could have a positive impact on people’s lives. People that were going through the same struggles as me. I knew I could help a lot more people change their lives if I was able to commit more resources to improving the product and get the word out to more people.

This is why I founded FocusMe.

It is our mission to use the science of habit formation and pre-commitment to fight distractions and give back control of your time, empowering you to achieve your dreams

Jon R.
FocusMe Founder

Beat Digital Distractions

FocusMe is the most powerful Website and Application Blocker for Windows & Mac