It’s Time for a Mid-Week Productivity Boost

At Freedom we are lucky to have many of our users write about their experience. From tweets to published articles – the Freedom community is buzzing with productivity strategy, advice, and experiments for a more focused, fulfilled life.

This week’s articles focus on tackling major productivity pain points – including procrastination, focus, digital addictions, and sluggish mornings.

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At Freedom we are lucky to have many of our users write about their experience. From tweets to published articles – the Freedom community is buzzing with productivity strategy, advice, and experiments for a more focused, fulfilled life.

This week’s articles focus on tackling major productivity pain points – including procrastination, focus, digital addictions, and sluggish mornings.


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THE BEST APPS AND PRODUCTS TO BREAK YOUR PROCRASTINATION HABIT | Allison Fox

Digital distraction is everywhere – stealing away your attention and time, while also helping you procrastinate the things that matter most. Although we now have a much better understanding of procrastination, many of us are still guilty of doing it fairly regularly. Luckily, this article has got you covered with a roundup of the best products and apps to help you fight off procrastination and get your work done.

 

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SUBTLE AND INSIDIOUS, TECHNOLOGY IS DESIGNED TO ADDICT US | Adam Alter

Thirty years ago, smoking and tanning salons were widely accepted innovations – that is until their carcinogenic and health risks were fully known. In 30 years, what products or practices will we think previous generations crazy for using? If psychologist and marketing professor Adam Alter is correct, it’s our widespread acceptance of addictive technology. Alter argues that much of the tech we use daily is designed to hold our attention for as long as possible, and to keep us coming back for more – a practice that Alter argues is unethical and should be stopped. To read more, click the link above!

 

 

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CONNECTIVITY EXPECTATION | Barry Carter

In a world where being connected and logged in 24 hours a day, seven days a week is the norm, many of us have become dependent on our digital connectedness. We expect answers to our emails within 24 hours, replies to our texts within minutes, and responses on chat within seconds – and when we have to wait longer, we get anxious. As author Barry Carter reminds us, it’s important to be aware of these trends and how our behaviors have molded to our rapidly changing digital world. To learn more about how he’s dealing with connectivity expectation and dependance, click the link above.

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YOUR ABILITY TO FOCUS HAS PEAKED – HERE’S HOW TO STAY SHARP | Nir Eyal + Chelsea Robertson

Researchers have now discovered that our attention is made up of two separate processes: our ability to focus and our ability to block distraction. Contrary to what was previously thought, these two processes are almost entirely independent of each other, yet both are needed equally in order to have focused attention. As we age, we retain our ability to focus, but lose our ability to suppress distraction. Read on to find out how you can improve both your ability to focus, as well as ignore pesky distractions.

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MOOD-BOOSTING MORNING ROUTINES WE BORROWED FROM TOP ENTREPRENEURS |  Bridget de Maine

Mornings are usually not everyone’s favorite time of the day, but they can be the most productive. Not a morning person? Well, according to behavioral psychologist Dan Ariely, the first two hours after waking are in fact your two most productive hours. Too often we waste these crucial hours browsing social media or feeling tired and sluggish. Fortunately, with the right routine, bad mornings can be a thing of the past. Read more to learn about how these successful entrepreneurs start their day the right way.

7 Ways to Use Freedom to Do the Things That Matter Most

Freedom was created by our CEO Fred Stutzman in order to help him avoid distractions and be more productive while writing his PhD. However, since releasing the new Freedom platform, our diverse and talented Freedom community has found many ways to use Freedom other than just to improve their productivity at work.

Instead of us coming up with ways to use Freedom, we figured we’d step aside and let our users share the many ways that they are using Freedom to live happier, healthier, more fulfilled lives.

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Freedom was created by our CEO Fred Stutzman in order to help him avoid distractions and be more productive while writing his PhD. However, since releasing the new Freedom platform, our diverse and talented Freedom community has found many ways to use Freedom other than just to improve their productivity at work.

Instead of us coming up with ways to use Freedom, we figured we’d step aside and let our users share the many ways that they are using Freedom to live happier, healthier, more fulfilled lives.

PRODUCTIVITY AT WORK

  • “In my first two hours of trying out Freedom I was blocked from the internet 4 times; from that point on I have been an avid user. I had no idea how often and how unconsciously my fingers directed me to my distraction sites (Twitter, FB, news) by habit rather than intention. Like keeping the junk food out of the house, Freedom removes temptation, and makes it so much easier for me to stay on the tasks that future-me will be grateful I got done.”
  • “I’m a journalist and author. I use Freedom when I’m writing.I find it indispensable to achieving the concentration necessary to produce as a writer.”
  • “I’m a freelancer and freedom is necessary for me to get things done. The equivalent for work without ‘freedom,’ in physical terms, would involve setting up an office cubicle in a bar full of friends. It is conceivable that someone would ignore the fun socializing surrounding them and focus on work tasks, but it’s intuitive that the spatial division of work from leisure is conducive to effective concentration.”
  • “Freedom has helped me to stop stealing from myself. Since I get paid by the billable hour, I’d say that I had a positive ROI from buying a lifetime Freedom subscription within 48 hours.”

 

FOCUS AT SCHOOL

  • “It is a miracle when I put Freedom on I am just all of the sudden able to write 500 words per 45 minutes easily. Best investment for grad students worldwide.”
  • “We use freedom to help children not be distracted whilst doing homework, but still have access to the internet for research. Also to stop the permanent Instagram and Snapchat addiction.”
  • “I am a college student with ADHD and I have really struggled not to waste copious amounts of time on the internet. This service has allowed me to access all my homework and study material while successfully blocking all the distractions!”
  • “My fellow procrastinator: if you have four essays to submit by next week, this is the app for you.”

SLEEP

  • “I set up my Freedom to begin at 10 pm and end at 1 pm. Since I have done that, I have consistently gotten a good night’s sleep and without the temptations of Facebook and Youtube. I am also able to get my freelance work done before lunch.”
  • “I have been able to successfully shut off the internet on all my iDevices and Macs from 10 PM to 7 AM. It has helped me focus more on sleeping better and generally limit my use of technology before bedtime.”
  • “At first I thought the app wouldn’t be much use to me but, how wrong I was! Using it has given me at least an extra hour of sleep (probably closer to two hours) per night because I block all internet access at 9 PM instead of deliriously and mostly aimlessly surfing the net until 10.30 or 11 PM with minimal productivity.”

BREAKING THE ADDICTION:

  • “I have been addicted to the internet since I was 13 (22 now). If you had asked me a year ago if I thought I’d ever get over my internet addiction, I would’ve said you’re crazy. The internet is my favorite pastime. All of the projects I gave myself became overwhelming. I felt like I could never be finished using the internet because I never ran out of things to do. My non-internet to-dos piled up for 3 years. I feared I would never get to them because of my addiction. I decided to take on this problem of my own accord and Google how to block the internet. That’s when I discovered Freedom. To me, it was clearly the best choice. I never pay for digital services, but this was a must. Now I don’t use the internet every other day. I can only use social media twice a week. I have been able to focus on other things. One of my biggest problems is gone for good.”

AVOIDING THE CONSTANT MEDIA BARRAGE

  • “Freedom has put a stop to my mindless flicking through news websites. Now if I have time to look at my phone, I read an iBook, or I just put the phone down when I realize it was just picked up out of habit.”
  • “Freedom app helps me get on with meditation instead of mindlessly thumbing through FB, the news on the American Election (in the vain hope there might be a silver lining somewhere), and the mind-numbing violence that occupies the front pages of my country’s newspapers. Thank you for the freedom.”

SPENDING TIME WITH FAMILY/ MINDFULNESS

  • “I don’t use freedom for work. I use it for after work at home with my kids. I used to unconsciously look at Facebook, Instagram, etc. constantly – much to the detriment of my family’s home life. I’ve only been using Freedom a few days but it’s stopped me from browsing social media mindlessly and has helped me be more present with my wife and kids. I’m hoping it will help me retrain myself to stop checking social media constantly and break the habit of mindless phone use.”
  • “I am using Freedom not just to stay productive during my work time, but also to unplug from social media for Shabbat. It’s not practical for me to turn off my phone entirely, but using Freedom helps me stick with my intention to abstain from social media during the day of rest.”

MENTAL HEALTH

  • “I have ADHD and I’m in nursing school. When I’m having trouble studying or writing, Freedom is like my “nuclear option” — a strange choice of phrase, I know, but a weapon of mass obstruction is sometimes what it takes to push out distractions and get my head back in the game, so to speak.”
  • “In a few days, it has already significantly decreased my depressive feelings caused by checking Facebook too often!”
  • “I’ve only had it about a week, and already my mental health is improving and my productivity is way up. By pre-scheduling sessions with Freedom, I also stop myself from the temptation of distraction when I know I’ll be most susceptible (like evenings and mornings). Little by little my habits are changing. Thank you for what you do, Freedom! I’m more mentally present and becoming more productive and aware of my own mental health.”
  • “To be honest – I used this app to get through a break-up. Removing the temptation to check my social media sites even tho there was a high potential for seeing bad behavior and comments by others has been a great, stress-free option. I set up a 23h 55m block on repeat so I don’t have to deal with that nonsense. I also use it to focus on work and at-home projects. My house has gone through a major transformation! It’s also the BEST app for people with ADHD who have trouble focusing.”

ALL OF THE ABOVE

  • “ I block the entire internet from my phone before bed so I don’t lose sleep mindlessly scrolling apps and online while in bed. I allow myself a small window during the afternoon to check my Facebook, if I miss it, I have to wait another 24 hours. It’s been a little rough not being able to check social media constantly but I’m feeling better. I’m getting more done in my life and feel I am now living in my home/with my family instead of the vast space of the Internet. It’s freeing. I see a light at the end of my Internet addiction tunnel and I really can’t say thank you enough. From, One honest-to-goodness internet addicted mama”

 

Are you using Freedom in a way not listed above? We’d love to hear how Freedom fits into your daily schedule in the comments below.

2017: Getting Rid of Distraction

January is the month of resolutions. We pledge to exercise more, eat better, save more, be more productive, be less stressed, wake up earlier, stop procrastinating, and just generally do more. We pledge to be happier.

Unfortunately, life is complicated and come February or March, our new routines are often abandoned and forgotten – which is normal! All of us are susceptible to losing our determination and motivation.

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January is the month of resolutions. We pledge to exercise more, eat better, save more, be more productive, be less stressed, wake up earlier, stop procrastinating, and just generally do more. We pledge to be happier.

Unfortunately, life is complicated and come February or March, our new routines are often abandoned and forgotten – which is normal! All of us are susceptible to losing our determination and motivation.

For 2017 we’ve created a five-part blog series that focuses less on adding and doing more, and more on simply being present and focused with things as they are. If you missed Part 1 on mindful meditation or Part 2 on being present with those who matter, Part 3 on improving your habits by improving your sleep,  or Part 4 on making a schedule that helps you help yourself – click on the links above.

Although the pings, buzzes, alerts, and notifications help us feel connected and busy, it’s often not at the right times with the right information. We scan emails while watching TV, answer texts while finishing a report, and lose hundreds of hours and minutes scanning the seemingly endless flow of information from our timelines and newsfeeds. Each time with a cost to our focus, productivity, and mental clarity.

So why can’t we just ignore digital distraction?

As many of us know, this is really difficult and that’s because of two main factors: our self-control is a finite resource, and much distracting tech has been designed to make your brain crave more.

When it comes to combatting distractions, self-control can certainly help, but unfortunately only for a while. It’s possible to ignore your phone’s buzzes and the lure of your inbox, however it get’s harder throughout the day. Exercise over sleep, a deep breath over anger, and choosing to work over answering your phone, all tap the same reserve of self-control that gets depleted as the day goes on. This helps explain why New Year’s resolutions are lost and forgotten come May.

To add to the problem of diminishing self-control, the digital distractions that most of us spend fighting are actually designed to keep us coming back for more. Social media and push-notifications release two main chemical rewards in our brain that keep us coming back for more – dopamine and oxytocin. Dopamine rewards us for seeking out novelty, while oxytocin helps create feelings of compassion and trust – helping us feel more connected to those around us.

Although there are many benefits and conveniences that come with our digital technologies, it can be easy to fall into unhealthy habits without the right tools and techniques.

FIGHTING FIRE WITH FIRE

Fighting off digital distraction from your work, family, hobbies, and thoughts can seem impossible at times and it’s easy to feel out of control.  Luckily there’s a solution – fight fire with fire. At Freedom, we believe that technology should always work for you, not against you, so we created a simple digital solution for a tricky digital problem.

Freedom is a productivity platform that blocks distracting sites and apps across all your devices for a set period of time. With Freedom, you can take back control of your tech and make sure it’s not distracting you from the things that matter most.

All you have to do is login. Select which sites and apps you wish to block. Choose for how long and on what devices, and voila – you’re free to do what matters!

With Freedom you can even schedule blocks in advance, and create recurring blocks to help make productivity a habit.

Life can be distracting, but your tech doesn’t have to. Try Freedom today and free yourself from digital distractions.

 

4 Reads to Help You Make Space for Silence in 2017

At Freedom we are lucky to have many of our users write about their experience. From tweets to published articles – the Freedom community is buzzing with productivity strategy, advice, and experiments for a more focused, fulfilled life.

This week’s articles focus on creating space for silence and contemplation. In order to have clarity about the things that matter most, one must first quieten the noise and clear space to think.

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At Freedom we are lucky to have many of our users write about their experience. From tweets to published articles – the Freedom community is buzzing with productivity strategy, advice, and experiments for a more focused, fulfilled life.

This week’s articles focus on creating space for silence and contemplation. In order to have clarity about the things that matter most, one must first quieten the noise and clear space to think.

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5 PRACTICAL WAYS TO CREATE SPACE FOR SILENCE | Micah J. Murray

If you’re like most of us, 2016 was a year filled with noise. Noise from news sites, politicians, friends from high school, funny Instagram and Twitter accounts, noise from the trivial to the most tragic and profound corners of human consciousness. And if you’re like most of us, you probably got more than your recommended daily dose of it from almost every digital channel out there. January is a month of reflection and change, and if you’re like author of this post, you may have decided that it’s time for a change in 2017. It’s time for more space – more silence – in order to declutter your mind and spend time thinking about the things that matter most to you. Check out the article above for 5 tips on how you can make more space for silence in your life.
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LIFE WITHOUT THE INTERNET | Joe Bagel

Living without wifi sounds like a horror film for most of us these days. We simply cannot fathom our lives without the endless stream of content to keep our minds busy. However, author Joe Bagel has taken the path most of us are afraid to even consider and gone wifi-free for five years. As a writer, he deems a decluttered mind an absolute priority to his work’s success. Although he acknowledges that his extreme methods might not be right for everyone, he has found peace and clarity for himself. Read more about his internet-free life above!  

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TECHNOLOGY TO LIMIT TECHNOLOGY: CELL PHONE ADDICTION | Rebecca Angel

Smartphones, in many ways, have completely revolutionized the way we work and interact with our peers daily. We now have the whole world at our fingertips 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, (or at least until we run out of battery.) Although smartphones provide many incredible benefits, for many of us, our smartphones have taken control of us instead of the other way around. Rebecca Angel, a concerned mother, watched this happen to her family over a few months, as each member upgraded to their shiny new smart devices. Luckily, she found a few solutions to help her and her family regain control over their technology. Click the link above to learn more about how she did it.

 

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OVERCOMING MY SOCIAL NETWORK ADDICTION | Erik Pavia

“New growth cannot exist without first the destruction of the old” – The Guru Laghima

In order to create space for the things that matter this year, it’s necessary to first remove something. Most of us make the mistake of trying to add new habits, routines, and exercises, without removing the things that eat our time without much return. For author Erik Pavia, it was social networking that was slyly stealing away his precious time without having a huge impact on his happiness. To find out more about how he fought his digital addiction to find time for the things that matter, click the link above.

2017 : Don’t Change What You’re Doing, Change How You’re Doing It

With the fireworks over and the hangovers subsided, resolution season is now officially in full swing. Each year, we take time to review our lives and decide which habits we hope to create or get rid of in order to live a more fulfilled life.

We pledge to exercise more, eat better, save more, be more productive, be less stressed, wake up earlier, stop procrastinating, and just generally achieve more. We pledge to be happier. Unfortunately, life is complicated and come February or March, our new routines are often abandoned and forgotten.

All of us are susceptible to losing our determination and motivation. So this year, maybe it’s time to try something different. Instead of changing what you’re doing, change the way you’re doing it.

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With the fireworks over and the hangovers subsided, resolution season is now officially in full swing. Each year, we take time to review our lives and decide which habits we hope to create or get rid of in order to live a more fulfilled life.

We pledge to exercise more, eat better, save more, be more productive, be less stressed, wake up earlier, stop procrastinating, and just generally achieve more. We pledge to be happier. Unfortunately, life is complicated and come February or March, our new routines are often abandoned and forgotten.

All of us are susceptible to losing our determination and motivation. So this year, maybe it’s time to try something different. Instead of changing what you’re doing, change how you’re doing it.

At Freedom, we believe in productivity and making positive changes, but too often we set ourselves up for failure with lofty goals, or unrealistic expectations of our time, energy, and motivation. Instead of always trying to do more, add more, and be more – this year, try to focus on being present, accepting, and mindful of what you already have. For example, instead of trying to wake up earlier to have more hours in your day, maybe you need to change the way you’re using the hours you already have.

Instead of always trying to do more, add more, and be more – this year, try to focus on being present, accepting, and mindful of what you already have.

So this year we’ve created a five-part blog series that focuses less on adding and doing more, and more on simply being present and focused with things as they are.

MINDFUL MEDITATION

Being mindful is not something that always comes naturally, but it’s something that can have tremendous benefits to your life, health, and happiness – with minimal effort. So, this week’s post focuses on how to be more present with mindful meditation.

Mindful meditation is simple. It’s the practice of breathing and focusing your attention on your present state without passing judgment. Instead of trying to change or adapt your state, mindful meditation encourages acceptance of your experience in the present moment. 

In as little as 10 minutes a day, mindful meditation has been shown to reduce stress levels, lower blood pressure, rebuild your brain’s gray matter, as well as improve sleep, digestion, and self-control.

GETTING STARTED

Getting started with mindful meditation is simple. There are many different ways in which you can practice mindful meditation, so it may take some trial and error to find the method that works best for you.

  1. To start, find a 10-minute slot in your day in which you can sit and meditate. Then pick a calm spot to sit where you will not be interrupted during your meditation.
  2. Next, sit cross-legged on the ground, or sit naturally in a chair; allowing your hands to fall naturally in your lap or on your legs. Remember to keep your back straight, but avoid becoming rigid or tensing.
  3. Now it’s time to begin the meditation. Close your eyes, or let your gaze fall gently on whatever is in front of you. Allow yourself to rest in this position for a few minutes, drawing your attention to your breath.
  4. Take a few deep breaths, inhaling through your nose and exhaling through your mouth. After a couple repetitions, allow your breathing to assume its natural rhythm.
  5.  When your mind begins to wander, gently bring your attention back to your breathing. It’s also important to remember that as your mind wanders, to remain unjudgemental of any thoughts and emotions that arise – each time acknowledging them and then shifting your attention back to your breath.

Some days, your attention and focus will come more easily than others, but regardless of how it goes, it’s important to remember that mindfulness takes practice. Don’t be too hard on yourself if you’re struggling to keep your attention, just acknowledge it, and continue to practice.

Also, for those who feel they need more help getting started or maintaining the habit, there are great tools that can help. For guided meditations and reminders, try an app like Headspace, or use UCLA’s Mindful Awareness Research Center’s free guided meditations ranging from three to 12 minutes.

What’s important is that you are taking steps to become more mindful – and improving your general quality of daily life. So make sure you’re present for this 2017 and give mindful meditation a shot!

 

 

How to Succeed in a World of Distraction

At Freedom we are lucky to have many of our users write about their experience. From tweets to published articles – the Freedom community is buzzing with productivity strategy, advice, and experiments for a more focused, fulfilled life.

Life is filled with all kinds of distractions – whether from family, friends, work, school, or devices, it’s easy to lose focus or squander time while trying to complete a task, goal, objective, or dream. So this week’s article focus on how to create routines for consistent productivity and achieve results by avoiding tempting distractions.

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Life is filled with all kinds of distractions – whether from family, friends, work, school, or devices, it’s easy to lose focus or squander time while trying to complete a task, goal, objective, or dream.  So this week’s article focus on how to create routines for consistent productivity and achieve results by avoiding tempting distractions.

 

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THE SURPRISINGLY SIMPLE THING ALL PRODUCTIVE PEOPLE DO | Kelly Exeter

When you hear about the routines of the most productive people, they often include tasks like 5 a.m. wakeups, 6-mile jogs, and guilt-free smoothies. Tasks that should all be simple enough to incorporate if you are a well-oiled productivity machine – but unfortunately, chances are that you are not a robot. Luckily, author Kelly Exeter has found the solution for creating and maintaining a productive lifestyle! Read more to find out how you too can make productivity a habit.
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YOUNG WOMEN ARE THE MOST BORED AT WORK, HERE’S WHAT WE CAN DO ABOUT IT | Jillian Kramer

The research is in and it shows that 48 percent of young women are bored at work. Women reported that a lack of workplace challenges, opportunities to develop new skills, and digital distractions were all contributing factors to feeling bored and unmotivated in the workplace. Fortunately, there’s something you can do about it. Check out these six tips to find out how you can rejuvenate and revive your motivation and creativity at work.

 

 

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MOTIVATION IS OVERRATED | Neil Strauss

Too often when we set a goal, we consider our motivation as the key to our success. Interestingly, author Neil Strauss says we have it all wrong. Motivation, he says, is a fleeting emotion that can not be relied on for consistent success – it’s too easily overwhelmed by distractions. Read his post above to learn more about how you can create a system of working to protect yourself from drops in motivation. 

 

 

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FREEDOM REVIEW: GET BACK 40+ YEARS OF YOUR LIFE | Imran Esmail

Do you find it difficult to maintain consistent productivity? You’re not alone. Author Imran Esmail tells all about how he managed to find his productivity groove with Freedom – a change that led him to gain an astonishing 40 years of life back. Continue reading for his story and a breakdown of the numbers.  

 

 

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TOOLS OF THE WRITING TRADE | J.T. Ellison

Our Freedom community is filled with talented best-selling authors. J.T. Ellison happens to be one of them. Read her article above discover her trade secrets, productivity tools, and healthy habits that help her do her best writing every day.

 

Freedom 101 – FAQs answered

Tech can be tricky – we get it. But here at Freedom, we are strong believers that tech should always work for you and not the other way around. So, we wanted to take some time to answer some of the most common questions we see coming up regarding how-to’s, future updates, and support questions.

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Tech can be tricky – we get it. But here at Freedom, we are strong believers that tech should always work for you and not the other way around. So, we wanted to take some time to answer some of the most common questions we see coming up regarding how-to’s, future updates, and support questions.

THE BASICS:

  • How do I to install Freedom?

    • After signing up for an account on Freedom.to, the next step is installing Freedom on all your devices. If you’re having trouble with any of these steps, check out the helpful support links that will guide you through the process with mini videos.
      • How to install Freedom on your Mac computer
      • How to install Freedom on your Windows computer
      • How to install Freedom on your iPhone or iPad
  • How do I use Freedom?

    • Firstly, thanks for trying Freedom. Here’s a quick video to give you an overview of how to use the Freedom platform:

  • How can I change my account type?

    • If you want to upgrade your trial to Premium, just login to your Freedom dashboard and click “Upgrade” in the top navigation or go to https://freedom.to/upgrade
    • To change your plan type, just follow these simple steps:
      • Go to your Freedom profile = https://freedom.to/profile
      • Click on “Manage Billing”
      • And then under Active Subscriptions, click “Edit”
      • From this screen, you will be able to change your subscription.

BASIC TROUBLESHOOTING FOR ALL YOUR DEVICES:

  • How to block apps using Freedom:

    • Blocking an app is similar to blocking a site, with the exception that you have to add the app’s specific URL. The good news is that with Freedom’s iOS 2.0 update, we’ve made it much easier to block apps by adding pre-made filters for some of the most common apps. For more information on how to block apps check out this page.  
  • How to stop a Freedom block session:

    • If you don’t have “locked mode” enabled and want to end a Freedom session – check out this support page.
  • What is “locked mode” and how to I enable/disable it?

    • “Locked mode” is a feature you can enable while using Freedom to ensure that you can’t end a Freedom session early. If you want to learn more about how to use this feature – check out this page.
  • I’ve installed Freedom, but it’s not blocking _________ site or app

  • I’m having trouble with getting Freedom to work on my iOS phone or tablet

    • As iOS updates roll out pretty frequently, we are always doing our best to help Freedom remain compatible and functional, however, if you’re having some trouble be sure to check out our iOS troubleshooting page.

FUTURE UPDATES:

  • Will there be an Android version?

    • We previously made two Android clients – a stand-alone app, and one that we tested with our service.  With the release of Android 6.0, Google essentially made our blocking strategy impossible.For this reason, we are going back to the drawing board and developing a new client.  We expect to have that released later this year.  That client will also not use a VPN (our older strategy), which will lead to a much better experience.We’d love to know what you’d like to see in Freedom for Android – please take this 5 questions survey to share your thoughts:  http://bit.ly/freedom-android. We’re sorry that we don’t have a better solution at present – but we are working on it.
  • Is there a way to block everything except a few apps or websites, aka whitelisting?

    • This is a feature that we are working on.  We realize that it is easier to add one exception than to block a lot of sites, but unfortunately it’s a really complicated feature to implement. Although whitelisting is not currently a core feature, there are some ways to implement a whitelist on a desktop with the help of this support doc

 

Of course, we would rather you never had to refer to our support pages, but we also recognize that the technical nature of our product can cause a few bumps in the road along the way.

If you have experienced any other issues not covered above, we’d love to help out. For further support help you can visit our support center at http://support.freedom.to/ or contact us for specific support help.