The Forest App is a really great way to get the forward momentum you need to get the tasks you hate or dread done!
When you want to start studying or completing a focus-oriented task, open Forest and plant a tree. You can set the timer for the tree to grow anywhere from 10 min to 120 min.
Your tree starts as a small sprout and over the course of the work period you set for yourself, it grows up into a tree! Forest works by blocking sites you choose to “Blacklist” with a warning that if you proceed to the site you will kill your tree. You can also “Whitelist” certain sites to show the app that you are indeed focused and on-task during your session. Be sure to include anything you might need in your session before you start – even a Web page as innocuous or even productive as Google calculator or a Google search will show the warning page if you forget to whitelist it first. You can either use the app on your phone or on your laptop browser.
At the end of your session, Forest plants the tree in your own little “pocket forest.” If you buy the premium version of the app, your pocket forest will earn you points that will eventually result in planting real trees in parts of the world that need them! Pretty cool that your staying on-task can wind up doing good for society. Win-win!
This app is simple enough to use. I think for the motivation that comes from doing small acts of societal good in line with completing annoying tasks that you know you already should be doing, it’s totally worth the ~$3 you pay to get the premium version. The ethos of this app is really quite motivating.
Hannah Stringfellow is a freelance blogger and world traveler. She holds an M.S., Chemistry, from the University of California, Berkeley. Her interests include women’s empowerment, health and wellness, and cross-cultural competency.