Don't touch your phone, or the tree gets it! Forest is a unique app for focus and motivation


Developer: forestapp.ccDownload: Android, iOS
Genre: ProductivityPrice: Free (with ads)

We're not great believers in the concept of productivity apps, but stuff like Get S*it Done and Forest happens to backed by amusing concepts that make overpowering procrastination all the more worthwhile. Forest begins with planting a lil' tree which starts to grow in the span of 30 minutes. 

During this time, you're not supposed to be touching your phone. If you do as much as launch a game, take a phone call, or press the "Give Up" button, your budding tree dies... just like that. The weirdest part of it all is that you care for this inanimate, digital plant organism. You know it was only your fault that the tree you planted never came to be! If only you could discipline yourself and stay away from your smartphone for the full 30 minutes, you would have seen your tree grow, go to school, and become a lawyer! 

Okay, that last bit was a little far-fetched, but like we said in the beginning, Forest is darn fun. Whether it really makes anyone more productive depends on the device that's behind the screen, but as a concept, the app is totally cool!

Forest: Stay Focused is a free download on Android and iOS.

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8 Comments

1. jfuente11

Posts: 38; Member since: Nov 06, 2012

You plant it before you go to sleep.

4. UglyFrank

Posts: 2194; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

I tend to check my phone in my sleep

2. TBomb

Posts: 1549; Member since: Dec 28, 2012

It'd be cool if you slowly built a forest and you got to watch your progress.

3. palmguy

Posts: 982; Member since: Mar 22, 2011

I need this app. :)

5. DogeShibe

Posts: 1121; Member since: Jan 10, 2014

Humans need apps to not touch a phone? Such stupidity. Better go out and actually plant a tree.

7. duartix

Posts: 311; Member since: Apr 01, 2014

^ | | Best post. EVER!

8. luis.d

Posts: 354; Member since: Dec 04, 2013

Right on!

6. buccob

Posts: 2972; Member since: Jun 19, 2012

Powerless against floating apps... but fun concept still

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