Android/iOS: Your phone is distracting. If you have a hard time resisting the impulse to check notifications, Forest helps balance out that impulse with a gamified virtual garden.
The app has a very simple basic premise: once you start the app, you can’t use your phone for 30 minutes. Over that 30 minutes, a little tree will grow. It will stay healthy and thriving as long as you don’t use your phone. However, as soon as you close the app to check your email or browse Facebook, the tree will die. Over the course of the day, you can grow more trees, each of which represents a 30 minute period that you stayed focus. By the end of the day, you have a forest full of productivity. It’s not much, but the little reward may help motivate you enough to stay on task.