Sometimes you can get lost in the rabbit hole of Youtube and random recommended videos. Then it steers you away from doing what you need to do and wastes even more time.
Here, I'll share some tools you can use to help you be more productive and stay focused.
One of the easiest ways to be away from the Youtube dilemma is to download the videos in advance and use a video player like VLC which has some features like Youtube. For example, it does have variable playback speed if you want to play the video with multiple speeds.
It's a desktop application to force time limits and block out sites for some periods. So in the mornings, you just right-click the icon and start a block for a few hours; the program won't let you access the site in any way until the time limit is up. You can even create a schedule for different days of the week.
This is an extension on the browser. Use it to hide Youtube-related videos, comments, video suggestions wall, homepage recommendations, trending tab, and other distractions.
There are a bunch of customizations in this app. I like it.
For me, I rarely watch Youtube on my phone because it has ads. I only watch Youtube on my laptop because I have an AdBlock extension on my browser to block any annoying ads while streaming.
It can block ads and pop-ups on YouTube, Facebook, Twitch, and your favorite websites that have ads.
News Feed Eradicator
This extension eradicates social media noise by replacing the most addicting part of Youtube, Facebook, and other social networks - the news feed - and replaces it instead with an inspirational quote.
I use it for my Twitter. So when I hit the Home tab, I'm still focused and can't be in the trap again.
It blocks the recommendations page while watching a certain video. It also blocks the comments on that video.
This makes you focus when you stream a certain video and blocks you from the rabbit hole afterward.
It also blocks the home page recommendations. You have to go into options and check the hide feed, and it should do the trick.
We've talked about 6 ways, including software tools whether a desktop app or browser extensions, to help you stay focused and be more productive when using social media, especially Youtube.