Forest is a tree-growing app that keeps you focused

Or you can procrastinate and recreate Isengard

It’s easy to become distracted by our tech, especially when there’s work to do and procrastination sets in. That’s why we made a list of the best anti-distraction apps to help your writing. Sometimes it doesn’t matter what apps you use on your computer if you’re addicted to your smartphone. That’s a problem that can get in the way of any form of productivity. We’ve tried a few apps designed to keep you focused that usually set time limits and reward you with breaks now and then but they become very easy to ignore and stop using. An app will have to do something different than show us a timer to keep us from Twitter and Neko Atsume.

Forest is yet another smartphone app that claims to help you focus but it does things a little differently. When you need to get some work done, you plant a tree in the app. It will keep growing as long as you ignore your phone and stay away from the distracting apps that ruin your productivity. If you cave and feed Tubbs, the tree dies. If you work for 30 minutes, you end up with a fully-grown tree.


Your trees make up your forest, which you can view at any time in the app. The size of the forest gives you an idea of how much you’ve done, although you can see real stats as well if that’s useful. It’s nice seeing your stats in the form of a beautiful forest and the more you work the more tree species become available so you can really make it your own. You can compare your forest and stats with friends. The app also lets you pay to plant real trees to help the environment.

You can quit any apps designed to help you focus and Forest is no different. You can ignore it, turn it off, or uninstall it just like all the others. The trick to these apps is to actually care and it’s much easier to care about a cute tree and an impressive forest than a timer or a graph. Let yourself care about growing the trees and seeing more species and you have some good motivation to avoid the distracting apps you haven’t whitelisted.


The Forest app is free on Android£1.49 on iOS, and £0.79 on Windows Phone. There are also browser extensions for Chrome and Firefox that let you grow a tree and blacklist distracting websites. These extensions sync with the smartphone apps so your trees always contribute to your forests of productivity.

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