productivity: Forest iOS app review

I don’t like to admit but I’m a bit of a phone app addict. So much so my phone is organised in three screens of applications – the first being stuff I might need to access fast and apps that came with the phone, the second being ‘productivity’ or helpful apps and the third being every application that could possibly distract me(it’s very much full).

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I’ve gone through downloading, trying, signing up for and deleting a lot of free apps on my phone. I’m constantly downloading and deleting Tumblr or Instagram to try to improve productivity. Last week I deleted all my apps that were related to buying such as Amazon, eBay, DePop and Groupon, to try to ensure I don’t waste money. Maybe I have a shopping addiction, but it’s hard to resist buying a pack of Real Techniques Makeup Brushes cause they’re down to £10 on Groupon. Eek.

But that’s another story, today I’m going to share with you my opinion and experience on an app called Forest! I had heard about it on Tumblr and ‘Studyspo’ (Studying Inspiration) blogs as being ‘life-changing’ and I wanted to get an application that would help me learn to focus and leave my phone alone more back in time for work or whatever I go on to do. The app was only 79p so I thought I’d go ahead and try it!

The user interface to this application is really stunning. I have a massive thing for ‘low poly’/’minimal colour’ art styles on phone applications and this app has the style of it expressed in the ‘trees’ and foliage you can grow with this app.

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So first of all, the main thing you do on this application is start a timer of how long you want to focus on something or be present in a situation. For example, you want to sit down and work on an essay for college so you put the timer up to 35 minutes on your Forest app and when you start it off you must not touch your phone or close the app. If you click ‘give up’ or come off the app your foliage will die! Sad face.

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I first used this to try to get my room clean, which sounds simple but my room was horrendous. I put my Forest timer on 30 minutes and started cleaning my room and organizing stuff without touching my phone during that time. Personally, I really felt it help make me get lost and focus on the job I wanted to do, therefore increasing my productivity cause after that 30 minutes I decided to do another 30 minutes!

So in my opinion after using this app for making sure I clean or even sit down with my family and be present in the conversation and not constantly feel the need to check Twitter or Facebook – it definitely helps! It also has a ‘coin’ system in which you receive more coins the more successful foliage you plant and longer you go without touching your phone! The really amazing thing is when you get to a certain goal of coins you can choose to actually trade in your coins for an actual tree to be planted in either India or Zambia!

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You can download Forest from the App store here or Android Store here! And visit the website here! I am not entirely sure of its performance on Android, just to add as a disclaimer as I bought it on iOS! If anybody tries it on Android, I’d love to hear their opinions and experiences with it! Feel free to comment or message me on Twitter! (@spacehoneybee)

Thanks for reading!
Lenah x x

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