My one weakness when it comes to keeping focused during my studying is when I have to revise in the late afternoon-evening. I’m up and ready to revise at 9am, but as soon as the sun starts to set, my focus plummets, and the urge to check my phone begins to get stronger.
However, I recently found what I truly believe to be a stroke of genius, in the form of an app called “Forest”. The app is free to download, and has helped me to keep focused for up to two hours at a time, without even touching my phone. I’m the kind of person who’s an absolute sucker for virtual pets and plants, meaning this app is right up my alley. Essentially, you are rewarded with trees and coins to unlock new kinds of forest foliage for your phone-free studying. The longer you revise for at a time, the more your plants grow, and the more coins you get to unlock cooler, cuter plants for your forest. You can set the timer for anywhere between 10 minutes and two hours.
Where the genius comes in is that if you go out of the app, the plant you are currently growing will instantly die, AND will still be planted in your beautiful forest, ruining the aesthetic of the very sweet graphics. It sounds so simple, but it truly does motivate you to keep off of your phone to allow your plants to grow! You can also check your daily, weekly, and monthly stats, to see how your studying has varied across your chosen time period, and use this to see what days and times of day you revise best; you can use this information to help you plan your revision (check my last article out for more on this!)
My favourite feature however is that every time you spend your coins on a new tree, Forest works with their partners to plant real trees! So not only can you make a difference in your own studying life, but you can make a positive change for the environment, too.