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I used to be able to read for hours and hours, completely focused, when I was younger.
Now though, I get so antsy and distracted when I read. I legitimately think it's because my attention span has been fucked by the instant gratification of having a smartphone for the past however many years.
Something that has REALLY helped me is setting myself a daily reading goal (30-60 min) and then I use this app called Forest so that I can't use my phone for that amount of time.
It has helped so much and I can actually feel the difference in my attention span since I started doing it.
Ah! The Art of Manliness. 30% Self-Improvement, 10% philosophy and 60% Dad jokes. I love that site.
That being said, since reading "Willpower Instinct" and "Deep Work", I have looked into my smartphone use. Here's some tips and techniques
Using a dumb-phone is always a last resort. Smartphones are great tools for improvement when used efficiently.
Uninstall social media apps. As much as able.
Do not install games built for addiction. As much as able. (I have lost most of my real life friends to Clash of Clans. Please seriously heed my warning.)
Time-tracking as suggested in the article is an unnecessary hassle to most of us. If you have the mental strength to examine your time usage efficiently, you already have the willpower to start rooting out your negative habits. Cut the middle man.
I have recently started using This App. It's inherent silliness appeals to me.
The problem with time-limiting apps recommended in the article is that they teach you to treasure the wrong stimulations. An app might limit your Facebook usage to a limited time period, but it might turn that one hour of facebook into one of your most craved desires. "The White Bear Effect" ensures that.
Instead of trying to regulate our bad habits, we should nurture the good ones. So I recommend to practice the Pomodoro technique. In time you should rely on addictive apps less and less. Or you know, just go nuclear and delete them all.
Edit - 6. Do not feed the trolls.
I have started using an app called Forest. Its really helping me to focus on work/life and not using mobile at that time.
Link to the Play Store
Link to App store
There is some app where trees grow while you are not using your phone. If you use your phone while a tree grows, it dies
While it isn't exactly what you're looking for, Forest is a good anti-procrastination app that is pretty popular around these subs (never used it myself though).
Otherwise maybe you could use a timer or something, or any of those Pomodoro Technique apps.
I got a good tip that helped me! It's also just useful in general to not be on your phone. I have an app called Forest. You plant a digital tree starting from 15min to 2 hours you can plant and grow a tree. If you look at your phone you will kill your tree!
Hope this helps!
I've struggled with this too. It sucks. Used to be a voracious book reader. Still buy a ton of books but they just sit there. :(
I've been trying to meditate which helps me focus. I also set a timer for when I do read. Like in 20-30 min increments. There are some neat apps to help with attention span.
I really like Forest: Stay Focused pretty sure it's available on Android and iOS.
Android link [link]
They have extensions for your various browsers to help you limit certain websites.
I also try limiting how much time I'm on Reddit but it doesn't always work. Try to find subs that are useful and not just mindless browsing. Turn off endless scrolling!
I also second another posters suggestion on audiobooks. I'm a delivery driver so it's a great time for me to catch up on my 'reading'.
You could also just not be interested in what you are reading?
I don't have much motivation to work, but discipline, I do work because I force myself to even though I definitely don't want to do that work. You can use apps like Forest to ensure your phone doesn't distract you, and create a true work timetable to try to force yourself into working.
Any suggestions on a pomodoro timer app? I'm thinking about trying out the pomodoro technique for productivity.
Also what's everyone's opinion on Forest? It looks pretty but some of the permissions it asks seems a bit unnecessary.
If you're on Android you can try this app.
Or just try having one phone free day a week/month. It helps you realize that you don't NEED your phone and it is just a tool.
Forest: Stay Focused
Edit: in pratica avviando il timer (a tuo piacimento) viene piantato un albero virtuale, in caso tu riesca a non uscire dall'app (quindi non utilizzare il telefono) l'albero crescerà e allo scadere del tempo verrà piantato permanentemente nel tuo giardino virtuale (praticamente una cronologia dei progressi), mentre se fallisci ed esci dall'app l'albero appassirà e morirà.
Vuoi veramente far morire un povero albero?
It's called 'Forest' and it's available on iPhone and Android!
You sould try forest app [link]
If your main trouble is using the phone as a distraction I've found great help from the "Forest" app on android [link]
You can set a timer and till it get to 0 you can't do anything or your "tree" will die. on the other hand if you succeed you can get a neat
The closest to this that I've heard of is Forest: Stay focused. It's not an incremental game but it does reward you for not touching your phone for a chosen amount of time, which is a great if you want to be productive.
Also, if you listen to the podcast Cortex, CGP Grey (YouTuber guy) discusses his strategies for being more productive. That's not a "right now solution," but learning how to trick yourself into doing what you want is good info to have.
Write shit down. You're doing it right now on Reddit which is useful, but I realise that actually using a pen and paper makes a big difference.
In the morning, get up and write down a list of things you have to do that day. Simple shit, like make breakfast, tidy the room. But also include a couple of major goals like exercise and get 300 words done out of a 1000 word essay.
Make sure you stick to that shit, make it sequential so you don't fuck around. Spend 5 minutes coming up with a plan and your day is already way better.
Stop goofing off on your phone. Get a focus app like forest (link for android). I found that it really helped with staying on track for homework when I was in uni.
Tidy your messy bed when you get out of it every morning, open your window and let some light into your room. These small things like tidiness, cool fresh air, and bright morning light make a huge difference in how your day is kicked off.
I use some time management apps/extensions to keep me off certain distracting websites and my phone. Here's a couple I recommend:
Forest: Stay Focused [link]
Cold Turkey [link]
Great advice in comments. You might also try a productivity app such as Forest which discouraged you from touching your phone (or your tree dies, oh noes).
With this app you plant a tree for 30 mins and if you leave the app your tree dies. I've found it super effective in not procrastinating on my phone.
I use it as a pomodoro
Features I like: Bar chart for progress, punishment for procrastinating, reward for working and simple UI
I wish it had an inbuilt timer for breaks so after 30 mins you'd get a 5 minute break, right now, I have to manually time 5 mins for breaks.
Also if it could turn off all notifications and internet automatically.
I pair it with Habit RPG too.
I used a Forest : Stay Focused app. If you try to leave the app it will kill the tree. I used to be so distracted and never thought that this app will help me. But now I can't watch a tree killed.
Maybe an app like Forest would help you. It blocks your phone for a specified amount of time. And putting it away, I guess.
Edit: added link
There is one more app which I use called FOREST.
You grow trees and finally forests. If you get distracted your tree gets killed . No one wants to kill a tree.
I use Forest ([link] [on mobile can't format]) for dealing with that kind of stuff. You plant little trees on a timer, and if you open a non-whitlisted app, your tree dies. It's great for keeping focused when I need to. Plus, it uses gamification techniques to keep you using the app. (you can unlock different tree skins, and the longer you stay off your phone, the nicer the tree.)
Wasting time on my phone. The other day my toddler sat on my chest, between me and the phone, put her hands on my face, and said, "See me!" Big wake-up call.
So I've got a blocker app on my phone now, and I set it for hour-long blocks of unplugged time. Two days in, but it feels great so far.
You can try an app called Forest (link here since the Linkme bot seems to be down) which will motivate you to stay off of distracting apps for a certain period of time by growing virtual trees.
There is a similar app like this called Forest: [link]
You might get some ideas from it!
Also, posting user reviews on your play store app description is not allowed now.
I’d recommend Forest. When you don’t want to use the phone, you plant a seed and set a timer. The main goal is to not leave the app until the timer finishes. If you leave too early, the tree will wither.
keeping your focus can be more challenging for sure. Build a system for success (e.g. use website blockers and phone apps that help you focus like Forest: [link])
There are apps that stop you from being able to use the phone for a set time, eg this one Forest: stay focused
I'm pretty sure you can still listen to music
I use the Forest app. What it does is basically force you to not open social media and/or phone games by setting timers in which you can't change the screen. The longer the timer you set,
the bigger the "tree" you grow at the end of the time limit
Google play linked to the app
There are apps that will prevent you from using your phone for a set period of time or something similar depending on your settings
Edit: I suggest "Forest" it's an app where you earn coins and grow digital plants by not using your phone and you can trade coins for them planting actual trees in real life
Link to play store for Forest
I use Forest.
Also has a Chrome extension so it can track your PC work as well on the PC and syncs to the phone.
Also you can help plant trees with it.
For my exams I used forest, which I like because it gives you some sort of goal while studying encouraging you not to quit, you can also view all your revision times over the past weeks easliy
EDIT: Apparently a few of the more useful features have been put under a paywall since I used the app, which might be a problem
That's good idea. Right now I'm doing something similar to that by hand. Every evening I write out the tasks for the next day, and split each task into multiple small Pomodoro sessions of 25 minutes. My goal is to get in 18 Pomodoros each day, which is 7:30 hours of focused, really focused work. I work or study for 2:30 hours (6 pomodoros) and take ca. 60 minute break (watch South Park, cook & eat, take a nap, go to gym maybe, etc.), and repeat that 2 more times. For each finished Pomodoro session I put a check mark, which gives me a small dopamine hit and keeps me going. And for every finished 6 sessions I put a big check mark and get a tiny bit larger dopamine hit. Btw, I usually do 1:15 hours sessions instead of 3x 25 minutes. I mostly use 25 minutes to get me started.
Now, what you are saying, the app you are working on, sounds very appealing to me. Right now I'm using app called Forest - Stay Focused, which is timer based app where you grow a tree for each session that you finish. It also logs in the total amount of time you spent working on something. It has some other little interesting features but they are not so relevant. I recommend you to check it out. It might give you some ideas.
If there was a app that would on top of offering timer, have a create to do list (maybe something akin to Method - Getting Things Done in 15 Minutes), logging the time spent on tasks, alarm clock, tracking sleep and nap time, giving you feedback, calculating how closer you are to achieving the specific goal, graphing projections/estimations, et cetera. I would be very, veeery grateful for app like that. Also, if it could track calories and progress made in the gym, that would be a plus but probably over the top. Lol
I hope you got some ideas.
>Clockwork Tomato on Android
There is a similar app for Android called Forest: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=cc.forestapp
I haven't taken a deeper look yet, but I think it's very similar. You plant trees by staying away from your phone (or use only the apps you whitelisted before) during predefined time spans. If you fail to do so, your planned tree will die :(
I do this with an app called Forrest. You set a timer and you plant a cure little virtual tree. If you open an unauthorized app on your phone you get a warning, and if you don't close it then your poor little tree dies. You earn new trees to unlock and also you can use points to plant real trees.
It's not the app but the determination to follow the rules of the app used helps to complete the task.. But an app like Forest had helped me immensely and made me more productive.
A little app that plants a seed for a tree. It grows for as long as you set the timer, but if you decide to use your phone for anything else before that timer ends, the tree dies.
I use a productivity app called "forest" you select a time period you'd like to focus, and pick a tree type. Your phone goes to sleep. If you wake up the phone and go off the app your tree dies. It's a silly little thing but the more time you stay focused, the more coins you earn and then those coins can be used to plant an actual tree in a rainforest. So if gamification works for you, give it a go. On iphone you can still pull down a text notification and reply from the notification or answer the phone and the tree still lives.
Deleting facebook also helped me.
Kinda late to the post but here is something else that I found recently called forest, you can use it like the pomodoro technique. (25 min of work, 5 min break).
The reason I like this app is because when you start the timer, a seed is planted, and after your timer runs out, a tree is grown and added to your "garden" in which is tracks your progress. However if you leave the app, and start procrastinating and going on other apps, the tree dies, and it too will be added to your garden. So this app holds you responsible for your duty, that's why I love it so much.
The problem here is that the whole 25-5 split only works for certain kinds of tasks --- often (I'm sorry to say) very rote tasks that are easily split into 25 minute segments. For example, if you're doing something that demands a lot of creativity or free-form thought, 25 minutes may be unsuitable. I tried it before and found it totally unsuitable for my line of work (academic research) unless I was doing something like coding or writing a paper or doing administrative work.
That being said, I really do like the cute Forest app.
I personally like the app called forest. You set the time you want to study and then if you don't use your phone you grow a tree. After a decent studying day you have a small forest which you can share with the others :)
Hi, i set a timer on my phone and study for 2h. Then i play a game of LoL, make a coffe/tea and start to study. If i am productive for 2 hours i am happy to take a 45 min break.
If i am in "study mode" i dont play if i havent studied for some time.
I don't remember what its called but there's an app where if you don't touch your phone for 30 minutes at a time you plant a little virtual tree!
Edit: found it! [link]
for me, it's Forrest app for doing deep work
Oh no, it looks like it’s for iPhone only. I found an app called “Forest” that seems to be free for android and seems very similar to flora. Maybe you can check that out and see if it fits your needs? Link here: [link]
I have this habit as well. Heard good reviews about the app where you plant trees and they die if you check your phone for a certain time period or something, need to check it out better myself as well :) https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=cc.forestapp&hl=en_US
Love Pomodoro technique - definitely what got me through MCAT studying.
I used the Forest app to manage my timing ( https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=cc.forestapp&hl=en_US )
Thank you very much! Seems like I’ve been here for 7 years now! Damn.
Here is the link to it. Forgot that linkme bot has been broken for a while.
So this is an app made in China by a developer called seekrtech. The English localization is a tad jank, so im curious if the Japanese localization is jank as well? There is plenty of japanese usage on the store page, so you should be able to tell without downloading it. Personally I know enough to understand what it's saying, but not enough to tell if it's a wonky translation or not.
And here is another one of their apps:
I use a combination of Forest and Todoist.
Forest for timing and anti-procrastination and keeping track of time spent - it has a cute visual of time spent in the form of a forest. Also the points you accrue can be used to plant real-world trees, which is an extra small motivation.
Todoist is great for planning and such. It's a To-do-app with a few features that stand out for me: You can set dates for subtasks, you can set goals of how many tasks you want to get done per day or week, and there's also a "karma" rating that shows how it's been going.
I haven't found a perfect all-in-one solution yet, but I hope this helps! Good luck!
Not sure on restricted profiles. Never used them. The Forest thing really worked for me though. They got the animation and all then when you actually say yes kill the tree it shows you the dead tree. LOL.
If you manage to save 2500 coins (each tree gives you 9), it can be converted to an actual real life tree to be planted by the foundation that built the app. Pay for premium if you can. :D
Not exactly a puzzle, but I use this. It works well especially when I have a task or job I need to be focusing on instead of messing around online. Basically you grow cartoon trees. If you leave the screen before the time frame you set is up, then you kill your tree and lose all your progress. You can set it to cycle through helpful sayings that will show up on screen in a cycle to help you. I enter my own little favorite saying in there. Give it a try:
Sure! Forest is an Android and iOS app I use a lot and find very helpful, with a similar premise to your Web app.
In Forest you grow a virtual tree for a time length of your choosing. If you close the app during that time or the tree will die instead of grow. It encourages the user to focus for their chosen length of time and so to not procrastinate with their phone.
The link to their Google play store: [link]
My thought was they sound quite similar, and was interested in learning about the differences.
F....inally you reached out, hun.
So, you like Reddit, food and FIFA. Too much.
Let's conquer them in parts.
First: Food. If you don't use MyFitnessPal, you should. If anything, to just see what you eat and do on a daily basis. THE TRUTH SUCKS ASS BUT BE TRUTHFUL IN YOUR LOGGING. Log your stuff. Do it without shame, fear, BS. You can't change your habits if you're not open, willing, and honest
Second: Reddit. There's an app for that: [link]
Forest is huge on my distracted days. Also, set reminders for stuff. Pair them across multiple devices if you have that opportunity.
Third: Reddit. Take it off your home screen on your phone or tablet.
What should I use to build a mini game like Forest or Neko Atsume into my app?
Is using game engine like Unity overkill?
I have to use extensions to block the use of certain websites during certain parts of the day. I like Forest because they plant trees when I'm successful in reaching my focus goal. There are some that lets you use an app for a certain amount of time (e.g. 30 minutes max) then will block your access. That's helpful for some people I know.
Maybe try this guy, or start leaving your phone in a different room most of the time? If you're somewhat technically inclined or good at stumbling your way through things, I can also write you up a thing on blocking certain apps while you're home. Let me know. Good luck either way.
questa app ti permette di impostare un tempo in cui vuoi NON usare il telefono, fai partire il timer e lasci stare il telefono
se riesci a non usarlo guadagni dei punti e fai crescere la foresta :>
se interrompi il timer l'albero muore e sei una persona cattiva :<
Check out Forest: stay focused. It doesn't block certain sites, but whenever you retrain yourself from going on those apps, a seed is planted and will grow. If you go on your phone, it will die. This is helpful if you need to focus for a set period of time.
Forest. This app helps you keep your smartphone away so that you can stay focused on whatever you want to do. You set a timer and plant a tree which grows over that time period. If you attempt to exit the app the plant dies.
In the end when the plant fully grows, it actually does give you a sense of pride and accomplishment.
Lots! The one I can think of right now is one called Forest ([link]). It doesn't strictly limit social media, but it does set goals and rewards for you to not use your phone for a while and stay focused on a task. I can't think of any others right now, but I remember I found a bunch when I was looking for apps to help me study. If you're on iOS I can't help you though (Android master race!)
If you’re into Pomodoro, you might want to try Forest, available for Android and iOS.
You plant a (virtual) tree every time you set a timer, the tree grows as the time passes. You get a tree grown in your “forest” when the timer completes. If you leave the app or quit before the time is up, the tree withers and you get an ugly dead tree in your forest.
It’s fun to see my little forest grow as I work on my projects. Even without the app, I’m not easily distracted, but it’s good to see some rewards (trees) for my focused hours.
Note: The apps seem to help “while” I’m working. But my personal problem is getting the “spark” to initiate the job. That’s why I got here, and still finding something to get me disciplined.
Disclaimer: Not the creator of Forest. And just downloaded Times 2.
This one makes focusing a game, might work better than just locking yourself out.
There's also 5217, which helps time work and breaks to work effectively.
Yeah there's plenty of apps like that. I don't use any of them so take with a grain of salt.
This one blocks apps.
This one is a timer.
Sbobinare è abbastanza fuori questione per la maggior parte dei corsi perché ci vuole un sacco di tempo e la maggior parte delle cose vengono scritte sulla lavagna, cosa che è già difficoltosa a lezione (scrivere le formule + la spiegazione del professore).
Io mi siedo davanti e apro Forest sul cellulare, solo che dopo un'ora filata che il professore ti parla dei sistemi di filtri fir a traliccio il cervello inizia ad andare in standby da solo. (Uso Forest anche in biblioteca, mi faccio mezz'ora-5m pausa-mezz'ora-2m pausa-25m-sizza-repeat)
Che magistrale hai fatto? Io devo iniziare a pensarci che sono a metà del terzo anno, mi incuriosiva Musical Acoustics al Polimi
When I have to concentrate I use forest. It's an app that you set a timer in and for the duration of that timer it grows a tree, so long as you don't navigate away from the app.
It sounds silly, but it really works for me!
Have you tried any of those on task chrome applications that keep you on task in browser? I think I tried it but ended up disabling it to google something and that was the end of that lol.
I do find that the app 'forest' helps me a ton. It doesn't stop you from using your phone, but you set a time limit that you need to not check your phone for, and it 'plants' a tree in a teeny phone forest that takes that amount of time to grow, and if you use your phone in that time then the tree dies. It's super cute, so it's also a motivating thing!
Create a study-micro environment. Keep it pure and simple: well ventilated, now windows but still natural light, everything you need withing reach, a dictionary and/or encyclopedia (NOT your phone), music (studies show that Mozart makes the best studying music - I don't really like classical but I always try to play some Mozart when studying, and it really increases productivity) if you want either over a speaker or earbuds/headphones (the latter of which I prefer because they block out surrounding noise), and last and perhaps most importantly keep your phone out of sight and if possible out of the room. There's also a great productivity app for this called Forest (App Store: [link] Google Play Store: [link]) that helps with phubbing, or irresponsible use of one's phone.
Oh, and GET OFF REDDIT AND START STUDYING!
A mi antes me pasaba de ponerme a estudiar y revisar el celular cada 5 minutos, era como un tic que tenía, que incluso siendo consciente de que me volvía re improductivo, no podía frenar.
No es tu mismo caso, pero a mí esta app que se llama Forest me ayudó bastante a dejar el celular de lado un poco y no estar encima todo el día, más todavía si era necesario concentrarme a full con algo sin distraerme a cada rato. Yo empecé usándolo así, cuando estudiaba o tenía que programar, o a veces cuando me acostaba, después el hábito se fue extendiendo al resto del tiempo, y hoy día me doy cuenta que ya no reviso tanto el celular como antes.
Sino, como ya dijeron, tener un libro/kindle a mano, borrar aplicaciones que te consuman mucho tiempo al pedo, o instalar algunas que sean productivas, como Duolingo, también puede ayudar.
Espero que te sirva!
This app is amazing for keeping you off your phone and focused. It also gives you a good sense of accomplishment as over time your forest grows.
fictional trees to look at on your smartphone. Here is the PlayStore link with more pictures.
and iOs as well
I'm still fighting my autopilot which causes me to grab my phone every five seconds, so I use Forest.
Like you say, drop the phone and be present.
Forest is an app that stops you from messing around on your phone. You can grow trees, but if you leave the app while a tree is growing it dies.
It's great for motivation too, as you can see how much work you've done by looking at how many trees you've grown.
Rewards are good, just don't develop a habit of punishing lack of productivity by not eating or staying sat down for extended hours.
Forest was one app that helped tame my behaviour via negative and positive reinforcement. Some find it silly but if silly works then so be it!
Try this app! Basically, when you set aside time to do something, you plant a tree. If you exit the app, then your tree dies. Its a good little motivator to do your work.
Play Store link for lazy people who don't do Apple
I like the app Forest. You grow trees and lock yourself out of your phone. You can exit the app, but you kill your tree.
Apple App store link
Forest - Android
Good tips, I found this app to be helpful to stay off my phone:
Forest. You basically plant a tree and can't use the phone while it's growing (and you set the time).
Try this one called 'Forest'.
Edit: Also available for firefox (and chrome?)
So I've been using the Pomodoro technique (tl;dw: short-timed periods of work followed by smaller rest periods) for a while and it's been doing wonders for me, but every app I're tried obliterates my battery keeping the phone awake just for the countdown.
This is so frustrating since it seems like such a simple app to build, Just make timers, save the information and display it cleanly, yet no one has done it right as far as I know.
This might help, at least in some part.
Link bot didn't work? Is it this one?
I started using this app called Forest so I would have a reason to not be on my phone. Check it out [link]
It's called Forest.
Turn off data/wifi when not in use.
Stop using phone 1 hour before sleeping.
Use this app
Es más bien para cuando querés trabajar en el momento. Ponés un timer y empieza a crecer un arbolito. Acá está en la playstore.
Ive found some minor successes with apps like
Forest: Stay Focused for Android (not sure if there is an iOS version)
StayFocusd for Chrome (there is probably a Firefox version)
Try taking 10 minutes out of your day to do something thats not browsing the internet/watching TV like reading a book. Slowly build your way up 10 15, 20, 25, etc. Any time you feel distracted, stop, take a breath, center yourself and try again.
Also, meditation is very useful! Even just 15 min a day can make a difference in a lot of aspects of your life.
I still have a long way to go. I just go back into playing certain video games. Try having a friend help encourage you.
Edit: I found this article that may be helpful but ironically I dont seem to have the attention span to finish it. >_<
Leur site web: [link]
1) Blackberry Hub - for email and other communications all in one place. Works great on devices running 5.0 or above.
2) Forest: Stay focused - self-control is the best thing to have of course, but if that's lacking, grow some cute trees while staying away from the phone and getting things done.
3) ASAP launcher - Hands down the best launcher I've used yet. And yes that includes Nova prime and about half a dozen others I purchased and let go over the years. Still in beta, join as a tester if you want to give it a go.
4) Trackendar - For tracking things, habits, money, water intake, anything at all. I really love this one.
5) Fuzel collage - Best all-in-one solution for those collage-making and picture decorating needs.
6) Hype machine - New music, recently went completely free.
7) Tint - Simple but pretty gradient wallpapers.
8) Photoaffix - Join pictures together; super useful to have around.
9) Material cards - My favorite icon pack with ASAP.
10) Docufy - Image scanner; I prefer this to Camscanner.
11) Daygram - My favorite journal app.
I think it's Forest
u/funkdoobiest20 je ovo preporučila, mogu ti reći da sam zadovoljan.
Biće valjda koja šestica..
I use Forest for Android. It's a combination of a Pomodoro timer and distraction killer :)
I have been using this app called Forest where you collect coins to eventually plant a real tree. [link]
Forest you pick a set amount of time that you're going to stay focused for, longer amounts of times plant a bigger tree, and then once you press start you can't exit out of the app or else it'll "kill" your tree. Basically it locks you in an app so that you can't check social media at all.
welltrack I don't know how to explain more. You check in every now and then to say what your current mood is, and it has lists of resources that you can contact for help if you need.
sweatcoin is also pretty easy to understand. They literally just pay you to walk. The more steps you get, the more you get paid. They pay you in "sweatcoins" which you can then convert to different gift cards.
Try the app Forrest.
Helps me stay focused and plant pretty trees!
Seconded, and also there's unsurprisingly an app for this: Forest. Since I can't hyperlink on mobile [link]
Dear Tenderhoof, I am also doing my PhD, and although i have been taking medication since I was 19-20, everyday is a struggle... I have just turned 30. Here are some tips and some experiences which I realized:
1. ADHD in adulthood and in women is completely different than the one in the boys. Their ADHD symptoms start around the age of 3-5 and lessen as they hit puberty. In girls, generally symptoms start around the age o 9-12 and then as puberty starts it gets more intense and symptoms get worse. During adulthood in women the symptoms manifest as anxiety, depression, attention deficiency (no matter if you are reading/listening/watching sth).
First acknowledging the problem was my first step when I was 19, I first started with Ritalin and then at some point after changing countries I have switched to Concerta and after concerta 54mg got ineffective, we switched to adderall which was amazing but still stimulant and somewhat addictive (because of my high dose) so we switched to strattera which is a non stimulant drug and in the long run it has proven that it was the best choice... but drug is not the only help which I get now.
If somebody wants the link, here it is: [link]
Itunes / Android
Yes, it's called Forest. Not the same, but similar. And works fine :).
I also like Forest.
Forest is a "productivity" app for android and iphones but it approaches it unlike anything else I've ever tried. Basically you hit the button and it "plants a tree seed" and starts a customizable countdown which by default is 45 minutes. (roughly the time an American highschool class takes) During that time if you open anything other than what you set to "white listed apps" your tree dies, there's also a button you can click yourself to forfeit if you lost your focus on your laptop or on whatever. After your tree has finished growing the app encourages you to reflect on how you spent that time.
That's it. There's no judging or scoring system, it doesn't tell you what's productive or what isn't. That's entirely up to you, even just spending 45 minutes in total silence trying to think about your life counts. and I don't know but something about it really clicks with me, it allows you to see "the forest" you've been building where it shows every tree planted so far and the total amount of time you've stayed "focused" this week and I'm not sure why but it's beautiful.
here's a link for the iphone version
and one for android
Besides that though did you know that there also apps that can monitor your heartbeat using your phone camera? uber useful when you're on the treadmill
and finally I'd like to mention Pzizz, formely a PC app that was really gaining momentum way back but then something happened to the parent company and it just disappeared of the face of the earth. Anyways it's back now as a mobile app and it works exactly as well as it did then. What it does is it generates very effective sleeping tracks, and power-nap tracks, and the reason why it's important that it generates them on the spot is so that your brain never gets used to the sounds and always finds it as relaxing and refreshing unlike pre-recorded meditation tracks, which you can adjust to very easily after the first listen.
There are apps for both. Android and iOS.
Have you tried the Forest app?
It's quite a famous app blocker where you can set a specific time (in increments of 5mins)
Forest is my favorite
Grow a tree
Oops it called Forest:Stay focused
Use these apps to control your time:
Download this App. It helps solves this issues
Forest. It helps you stay productive
(Here's the link if you are interested);
Ich kann Forest empfehlen
I used Forest is kinda fun.
I had the same problem as you; I got things to do on my computer, but I can't focus on them because of my games/websites. I'd procrastinate and before I knew it the day was done and I hadn't done a thing! I'd get really angry at myself and then repeat it the next day. It's a really crappy feeling that makes you feel powerless.
Since quarantine has me locked at home, I got nothing to do but study. However, like you I can't focus for crap. Too much things I rather do than work. However, these last few weeks I finally figured it out! These 2 Things just changed my life and, if you're anything like me, they're gonna help you too! I'm getting in 8 hours/day of studying and it's awesome!
Try those out, especially the first 2. I wish I would've discovered them years ago. They're amazing and I'm going to be using them for a LONG time. If you're interested in a discord server where people host a lot of Forest sessions, let me know!
Try this app. It might help.
Forest: Stay focused
This app let's you help plant trees.
Maybe try this:
Forest for focus and productivity
And also check out Tide
You can try Forest: Stay Focused
> Ovviamente fuori dal lavoro quando sono in compagnia, come tutti, mi limito!
Se "ti limiti" come certe persone che conosco, secondo me sei ancora a un livello tale che se ti vedessi avrei voglia di prenderti il telefono di mano per lanciartelo violentemente in faccia, sperando di spaccare entrambe le cose.
Perché se anche solo riduci al 30% l'utilizzo del telefono rispetto all'utilizzo in solitaria, passi dal 90% al 45%. Significa che ogni ora che sei in compagnia, 16' sei al telefono. E il fatto che lo usi frammentariamente, non migliora la cosa. Perché se per 30" usi il telefono, hai perso un pezzo di conversazione, che magari va ripetuto. E si perde più tempo di quanto pensi.
Da come descrivi la cosa, a me sembra proprio nomofobia. In particolare, mi ha acceso il campanello d'allarme:
>Quando non lo guardo ho davvero l'impressione che mi possa arrivare il "messaggio della vita", sto in fibrillazione.
Questo è un disturbo d'ansia vero e proprio. La gravità non la posso stabilirla, ovviamente.
Ora, la domanda è: questa condizione ti crea disagio o problemi sociali? Perché, tristemente, se nella tua compagnia tutti avete la stessa frequenza di utilizzo del cellulare, non viene percepito come un problema: "se tutti puzzano, non puzza nessuno".
A lavoro è un problema? La tua produttività cala? Oppure hai un lavoro in cui non devi produrre e quindi stare al telefono non è un problema.
Riesci a coltivare i tuoi hobby e passioni senza interromperli? Se devi giocare 2h alla PS4, riesci a farlo senza guardare il telefono? Se stai montando il tuo modellino di veliero pirata, riesci a farlo per 2h senza guardare il telefono? Se la risposta è no, il dover interrompere ti crea disagio, disturbo?
Se una qualunque di queste cose ti crea disagio, la soluzione più veloce (e meno economica) è consultare uno psicologo. Sì, lo so che è pieno di gente che è allergica a questo consiglio, ma non è che uno dallo psicologo ci va solo per cose "grosse". Anche solo sentire un suo parere per capire se c'è bisogno o meno di una terapia, è una buona idea.
Se proprio non vuoi giocarti subito il carico da 11, prova a usare un'app come <em>Forest</em>. È un giochino che ti fa piantare una piantina e impostare un timer. Se prima che scada il timer utilizzi una qualunque app (puoi escluderne alcune mettendole in whitelist), la piantina muore. Lo scopo è far cresere quante più piante possibili.
Scusa il wall of text. Ho una cara amica che mi fa innervosire perché anche in compagnia usa un sacco il telefono, si distrae, sembra che non ti ascolti. E nessuno glielo fa notare, sembra dia fastidio solo a me. E mi dispiace, perché quando non è al telefono è una carissima persona.
Chrome extension: [link]
Android app: [link]
Mac OS: [link] (That one appears to be a free trial, sorry.)
ios: Because Apple doesn't like apps talking to each other, you'd need to limit each app/account individually. I can find a way to do this if it would help anyone.
I know this is an old post, but there are 3 apps on Google Play with "Stay Focused" in the name. Which one of these do you use?
I use Forest when I need to stop procrastinating.
I have seen this app recommended: [link]
There are similar browser-based ones, too.
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I've had some success with Forest
It's an app that grows a tree for a time that you specify, so long as you don't close the app.
Forest has really helped me control distractions on my phone.
There's also Forest to help you stay off your phone
Forest. Helps you study.
Thank you very much for doing this.
1 - Name of app/website/startup?
2 - One sentence description on what problem your startup solves?
Helps fight Smartphone Distractions by enabling users to block apps, websites, and notifications selectively anytime.
3 - How do users currently solve that problem?
Turn phone off, turn data off, or just hide the phones away.
4 - Name of the top competitor? (try not to leave this answer empty)
Offtime, Forest (similar apps but lack some features I have)
5 - How does it make money? (e.g. subscriptions)
Makes no money today, looking for what should be my model (Subscription vs. one time?) and the right pricing.
6 - Who is the target user? (e.g. 18-22 year old college students that need tutoring help)
Students (to help with studying), anyone distracted by their phone and consciously knows it.
7 - What is your monthly users + revenue?
Over 50k MAU and growing.
8 - What is your role?
9 - Size of team? Is anyone remote?
Love this app, there's an android version as well. Great for productivity!
Hey sorry this is a few days after you posted. I'm a STEM graduate student who was diagnosed as a child so I've had a lifetime to troubleshoot various strategies (not that it seems to get easier, but I have found some successes). Here are some things that have worked for me.
Ask for help Seriously, this one has made the biggest difference.
You are struggling immensely with initiation and to be brutally honest it sounds like you simply will not be able to start this on your own. I am the same way with overwhelming projects. I accepted that I must choose between asking for help or severe emotional distress down the line. You need to accept that you cannot do it on your own. It's not a weakness, it shows that you are strong enough to put yourself out there and ask for help when you need it. Making myself vulnerable like that was one of the most difficult things I've ever done but made the biggest difference in my time management and ability to get things done. My biggest block was anxiety about disappointing people, revealing how little I had done, being shamed by them, etc. I got over this by reminding myself of the alternatives: failing the project or asking for help later, when the deadline is near and all the negative emotions are amplified. Here are some ways you might ask for help:
If you have a different trusted mentor (another supervisor? teacher?), go to them and say "I know that this is a bit late in the game, but I'm having a lot of trouble deciding which direction to take on this project, do you think you would be able to spend some time discussing it with me? I want to make sure I do well on this project and would greatly appreciate some guidance." I've never gotten a negative reaction from this. Maybe some disappointment but nothing compared to the disappointment that would exist if I hadn't asked for help and was still stuck in a month. Sooner is better than later. Just do the bare minimum to demonstrate you've been thinking about your project (maybe print 4 review articles from subtopics you are interested in. Read the abstract, intro, conclusion, write a 2 sentence summary on a post-it, stick it on the front of the paper).
If you don't have a trusted advisor ask a peer in the field/fellow student to sit down with you for a couple hours to talk it out and help outline what your project will look like or what steps you need to take. I used to feel weird asking people for this type of help. Now I offer to buy friends coffee/lunch/beer in exchange for spending time talking over projects for me. It works out splendidly and has helped me get closer to other students and keep me sane and socialized under stress. Maybe set weekly coffee breaks so you can update your friend on your progress
If you don't have a peer in the field, ask any friend to do the above. They won't have the technical expertise but try it anyway. Verbalizing and communicating your thoughts forces you to organize them instead of letting them all whoosh around in your head all the time without direction. If you don't have friends talk to your cat or a tree or something.
Project notebook: Use one to jot down every thought that comes into my mind about my project. Like everything. Don't plan to show it to other people, just use it as a thought repository to make room for more thinking. You can organize the thoughts later using word or mind-mapping software (recommended below)
To-Do notebook: I use a small mead notebook like this. Write in large text (with a marker, even) FIVE OR FEWER tasks on it that you will complete for the day. Start each with a verb ("write X pages" "outline X"). At the end of each day, move the uncompleted ones to the next page. If you routinely don't complete all the tasks, you need to break them down more.
Leechblock or StayFocusd. Allows you to limit time on websites that you know are time sinks. I've used various settings (5 minutes per hour, 1 hour per day) but I've found the most effective to be blocking everything between 7am-7pm. I have leechblock set to display a 60 second timer when I try to open reddit, etc. If I reaaaallllly need to go on reddit it will let me, but only after I let that tab sit untouched for 60 seconds. Usually I change my mind.
Forest serves a similar function for my phone. Useful when I realize I'm using my phone to circumvent leechblock.
Mind-mapping software to help organize your ideas. Docear is one I started using recently that integrates literature management (think Mendeley, Zotero, EndNote, Papers). It took some time to learn and I don't think it's really being developed, so I don't know if I'd recommend it but you might want to consider it. Freemind is the standard one, Docear is based on it actually.
Timers. Timers everywhere all the time. Get a cheap digital watch and use Orzeszek Timer. Decide in advance on a specific task (i.e. "summarize this review article," "search for new reviews," "find relevant papers cited by this article"). Estimate how long it will take. Multiply by 1.5X (up it to 2X and beyond if you find your estimates are wildly off). Don't go over what your attention span can handle. Set a timer. Do the task until the timer goes off and then stop and move onto something else. It's so important to know how long it actually takes to do things and not get caught up in one unimportant task for 6 hours (like I'm doing right now by writing this lolz).