Disclaimer: This post is not sponsored by the app and is simply a post about my experience. 

I used to have a bad relationship with productivity. As a writer, this was the worst because the time I could have spent working on my manuscript, I squandered it on scrolling through my phone. It’s not something I like to admit to people because I’ve always prided myself in my discipline and hard work but there was a time when I did not feel as motivated because of my own self-doubt.

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I was determined to break out of my habits. So, I began reading one productivity post after another in hopes of finding a way to get me out of my slump. One of the recommendations was to make use of productivity apps.

One of my favourite apps to use is called Forest.



The Forest app was created to help beat phone addiction and overcome distraction. If helps by tracking your focused moments in a simple way i.e. by planting a tree.

If you want to temporarily put down your phone and focus on what’s more important in real life, you can plant a seed in Forest. As time goes by, this seed will gradually grow into a tree. However, if you cannot resist the temptation of using your phone and leave the app, your tree will wither.

The sense of achievement and responsibility will encourage you to stay away from your phone, and will help you make better use of your time. Stop getting distracted by your phone, become self-motivated and get more things done.


“But why use a productivity app when I can put my phone away?”

A valid question! With the Forest App, I love seeing the trees I have grown. It gives me an added gratification to the word count goal I’ve achieved. I also like tracking how much time I put into certain activities like reading or working on the blog. The Forest app doesn’t allow me to access my phone because if I do my tree withers! So, it makes me even more determined to stay focus on the task at hand.

One of the features that I love, and have yet to try, with the Forest App is that you can also help the environment by plant real trees. The Forest app partners with Trees For The Future, a non-profit organization “using regenerative agriculture training in order to sustainably end poverty for farmers & better the environment. (source)

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. “Expedition of the planted trees- Team Forest in Kenya” Dear Forest friends, thank you for your patience. We are more than excited to share that Forest team finally saw the real trees! We and our tree-planting partner, @treesforthefuture arrived at a farmhouse near Ikinu, Kenya to visit the farmers who planted our real trees. We appreciate the hard work of each Forest friend. Because of your focused effort, the virtual trees on your cellphone became a real forest and helped thousands of farming families. In the next few days, we will continue to visit more farms and share more stories of real trees and farmers with our Forest friends. Stay tuned! —— 「Forest 尋樹之旅 」- Forest 團隊在肯亞! 各位樹友們,讓你們久等了,Forest 團隊終於親眼看到真樹啦! 我們與種樹合作夥伴 @treesforthefuture 到了位於肯亞 Ikinu 小鎮附近的農家,拜訪種植真樹的農夫們。 謝謝每位樹友的努力,因為你們的專注,讓一棵棵手機上的虛擬小樹,真正變成森林,並幫助了數以千計的農民家庭。 接下來的幾天,我們也會繼續拜訪更多農家,並與樹友們分享更多真樹與農夫們的故事,請多多期待! ——#forestapp#work#trees#forest#study#Android#learning#app#ios#stayfocused#productivity#studytime#concentration#setgoals#motivateyourself#studymotivation#treesofinstagram#mobileapp#timemanagement#worksmart#instaforest#instatrees#treeslover#forestapp#pomodorotechnique#ForestInKenya#realtreeplanting#farms

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My experience using the Forest app has been so simple and yet very rewarding. I have so much fun planting different species of plants on my phone and feeling extremely to see how my little digital forest has grown. I’ll admit how impressed I am by this app which has greatly improved my work ethic while also helping the environment.


Do you use productivity apps?

What are your favourites?

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  1. Nish and Ngoc says:

    Ahhhh, I feel like I DEFINITELY need something like this, especially with the possibility that my uni might move to purely online teaching. I just have no discipline when I’m studying at home! 😅



  2. Meaghan @ Hail and Well Read says:

    I tried Forest before and didn’t feel like I had a whole lot of success with it, but this is starting to convince me that maybe I should try it again. Visualizing exactly where I’m spending my time with that ring graph could be super helpful, and I love that they have that partnership to plant more trees!


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