In Balanced Achievement’s ‘iThrive’ series, we aim to present you with a variety of useful iOS and Android Apps that you can utilize to accelerate your personal growth and improve the quality of your life. We meticulously select innovative Apps that are designed to help individuals make the personal changes needed to move their lives in the direction of happiness, success & fulfillment. In this article, we look at the Forest App which offers users a fun way to stay focused, present, and productive.
iThrive App Profile:
Cost: Free w/ Some In-App Purchases
App Focus: Focus, Productivity & Phone Addiction
Forest App Overview:
For all too many of us living in the western world, a love hate relationship with our smartphone consumes much of our days. While our trusty iPhones and Androids do help us with a seemingly countless number of tasks, they also limit us from reaching our full potential and prohibit us from fully connecting with others. Statistics tell us that the average American spends over four hours on their personal do-it-all device everyday and much of this time is allocated to aimless activities such as browsing social media, surfing the web, watching videos and playing games.
Fortunately, for those of us who have an understanding of the limiting nature of our phones, to go along with a yearning to get more out of life, it doesn’t have to be this way. Thanks to the Forest App, each and everyone of us can curb our smartphone addiction while becoming more focused, present and productive.
There’s plenty of good reasons why this life-affirming tool ranks as the #1 Productivity App in Apple’s App Store, all of which relate to the innovative and engaging method Forest uses to keep individuals on task and more fully living in the present-moment. By uniquely fusing the time management tool known as the Pomodoro Technique with motivational gamification concepts that keep people coming back for more, the team at SeekrTech was able to create an App that breaks our fruitless phone habits in a fun and stimulating way.
Whether you have a deadline at work, want to be more present at family dinner or plan to undertake an intellectual endeavor that sparks personal growth, it’s certain that the Forest App can help you achieve your goals. Simply enough, all you have to do to use the highly acclaimed App is allocate a specific amount of time, select the species of tree you want to grow in your digital forest and put your phone down.
If your able to go the full duration of your concentrative session, which can be conveniently tagged in different categories to promote flexible focus, without exiting the App, your tree will grow healthy and full. If, however, you resort back to the limiting smartphone habits that you’re hoping to overcome by leaving the App, your tree will wither and die.
Like many other noteworthy self-improvement Apps, the developers of Forest smartly integrated various motivational gaming elements into their App’s interface. By rewarding productive users with achievement coins that can be used to buy new tree species, while also ranking individuals’ forests against other users, the team at SeekrTech has created an App that not only keeps individuals focused but makes the process competitive and enjoyable.
Better yet still is the fact that the App allows users to save their achievement coins to plant trees in the real world thanks to Forest’s partnership with Trees for the Future, a Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) which aims to improve the livelihoods of impoverished farmers by revitalizing degraded lands in Sub-Saharan Africa. To date, by staying focused with the App, Forest users have helped plant over 225,000 trees throughout Cameroon, Kenya, Senegal, Uganda and Tanzania.
If you’re like most people and struggle to put your phone down even though you know you could be using your time in more beneficial ways, the Forest App may be just what the doctor ordered. Take it from the 1,000+ people who’ve given the App a lofty 4.8 star rating: If you want to overcome your smartphone addiction, live more fully in the present-moment and achieve your most heartfelt aspirations, then now is the time to start planting your forest.