BWM 24/100 – Avoid distraction, stay productive!

BWM 24/100 – My first 100 days as an Entrepreneur
BWM 24/100 – My first 100 days as an Entrepreneur

How often do you get interrupted by a push notification on your phone?

Me pretty often. I love my phone. And I also love games. So I was very much pleased to find out there is an easy and fun way to keep my focus, reduce distraction and keep my phone away from me.

There is this productivity app …

I am currently using for the first time (just now, while writing this post) and guess I will really like it.

It’s called FOREST

BWM 24/100 – Productivity App
BWM 24/100 – Productivity App
BWM 24/100 – Productivity App Forest
BWM 24/100 – Productivity App Forest

It basically combines behaving productive with a reward and a fun element. Or how Nir Eyal in his book “Hooked” would describe it “pleasure seeking behavior becomes pain alleviating behavior”. What this means the product (App) helps you to avoid pain of procrastination and being inefficient by continuously checking your phone. Inefficiency is particularly painful, when you are self-employed and don’t get a fixed salary but get paid for delivering real value.

BWM 24/100 – Productivity App Forest
BWM 24/100 – Productivity App Forest

It does so by rewarding you (pleasure seeking) of doing unpleasant behaviour (not touching my phone although I want to). The reward in this case is you can plant a tree. Sounds weird? Well, it is, but it’s fun – gamers might like it. To actually get the cool trees you need to spend using the app for a certain amount of time.

Planting trees sounds nice but what’s the use?
BWM 24/100 – Productivity App Forest
BWM 24/100 – Productivity App Forest

Over time this tree planing thing can help you to form the new habit of limiting the amount of time spending on our phones. Or in other words – reducing the amount of time wasted by playing Candy Crush and co..

For everyone who is not too much into games this app has also offers the opportunity to invest the earned rewards in real value.

Charity bit: sponsor and plan real trees
BWM 24/100 – Productivity App Forest
BWM 24/100 – Productivity App Forest

Spending enough time being productive without wasting time on your phone you will collect coins as rewards. You can use these coins either to build a beautiful fake garden or do something great and deliver real value. The app has a charitable function where you can use the collected coins to let plant real trees – for a healthier, cleaner and greener environment. Sounds amazing? Well, I guess it kind of is. I actually should have been paid for this post 😉 But I believe sharing is caring and when someone comes up with such great product it’s definitely worth sharing it with you.

Do you know similar cool techs that help keep productivity up? Let me know! Keen to check those out.

Have a productive day everyone.

 

MyNutShare’s Key Points – “EAT that FROG” by Brian Tracy

Eat that Frog! by Brian Tracy
Eat that Frog! by Brian Tracy

Here are my key points:

  • Tackle the most scary, annoying, whatever tasks you don’t really like to do first! Without interruptions – until you are done with it! If you have 2 tasks you don’t like – start with the one you like even less first. Do it. Reduce the time between deciding, which one is the most horrible one and taking action. After you have accomplished this you will feel better and rewarded.
  • Plan every day! In advance – the night before.
  • Which 20% of tasks are responsible for 80% of outcome? These are the important ones. Focus on the key result areas to set priorities.
  • Upgrade your key skills and leverage your special talents rather than improving your weaknesses.
  • Do not multitask. Do one task at a time with all your focus and you will be done quicker and probably with better results.
  • Set goals – everyday and focus on them. Know what you want to achieve and what is top priority for that day. If you can’t decide what to focus on think about which goal (if accomplished) has the greatest positive impact on your life?
  • Set deadlines for your tasks. Actually this principle is also recommended by Tim Ferris in “the 4-hour work week” (I will do a summary on this separately). Short deadlines that force you to take immediate action and get the task done in an efficient way rather than precasting with perfection.
  • Don’t tackle the task as a big one. Break it down so it becomes easier to do.
  • Watch your thoughts and become your own, biggest motivator.
  • Do not do everything. Priorities and procrastinate the rest. Do the tasks that have the most serious consequences and focus on these key result areas.