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
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.
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?
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
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.