Forest: Productivity Redefined?

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Due to the coronavirus quarantine, many of us are finding that we have to work from home. However, with Netflix at our fingertips, this can make it hard to get anything done.

The solution? Forest. Forest is a productivity app where you set a timer for a specific amount of time, and in this period you are not allowed to use certain apps, or your phone at all, should you choose to set it up in that way.

There is, however, an appeal that Forest provides that other productivity apps don’t. Forest provides the incentive of a digital tree. Although it may sound ridiculous, it’s quite smart. For every session of focusing you complete, you can grow a tree. If you use one of the forbidden apps or leave the app, the tree will die.

You can see all of your previous trees in a forest, reminding you of the hard work you’ve done. There are lots of different trees you can unlock with coins that you get from each session, and you can also choose to donate your coins to grow an actual tree!

It’s free on the Google Play Store but costs $1.99 on the Apple App Store, which is well worth it, in my opinion.

Overall, it’s a great app – and I recommend it if you are working from home because we all know how hard it is to focus.