We love technology. We love apps, software and all kinds of gadgets that make our work and lives more efficient and fruitful. Even so, there are moments that we need to focus and set the phone down for a minute. But sometimes it’s hard. I can pick up a book and start reading, but after a few paragraphs my phone right next to me is silently (or noisily) calling me to pick it up and see if there is something new out there for me to check out.
Meet Forest, a simple app that helps you put down your phone for at least thirty minutes, so you can focus on doing what you have to do. It is also a little game, you plant “productivity trees” and they grow while the app is running on your phone, so you can’t do anything else on it. If you do, your tree will die and you’ll have nothing but an ugly dead tree on your productivity forest… that’s not nice.
The great thing about this is that you can keep track of how productive you’ve been away from your phone. You can register what type of activity you were doing, and even compare your progress to your Facebook friend’s. Nothing like a little bit of competition to keep yourself motivated!
It sounds like something very simple, but sometimes we only need a little push to stay away from the things that distract us… I know it helped me. Make those little productivity trees grow! As people in Forest say: stay focused and be present.