Want to help save the world and cut your phone addiction?
We live in a world where we are practically permanently glued to our phones. I’m not a social-media basher by any stretch of the imagination, but sometimes I think we all wonder how much more we could achieve if we spent less time aimlessly scrolling the Instagram Explore page or looking at memes. Your phone is the ultimate procrastination vessel. You have to write 1,000 words by 4 pm, but you keep reaching for your phone every five minutes and getting absolutely nowhere. You plan to go to sleep early but find yourself scrolling Facebook at 1 am. Want to help save the world and cut your phone addiction?
Now I’m not saying you should delete your social media but I mentioned wanting to cut down on my scrolling addiction to my mum. “Y’know what you should try? There’s this app I read about that stops you from using your phone, and you plant trees!” she said. I mean, immediately, I was hooked. Plant trees? Cut my phone addiction? There’s no downside. So, I downloaded an app called “Forest – Stay Focused”. The app cost me £1.99 but honestly, it is easily worth every penny. Basically, you create your own little “virtual forest” day by day, week by week, month by month, as a reward for keeping off your phone during set times.
For example, say you are trying to write an essay and you want to keep off your phone. Set the app to grow trees for half an hour or one hour, and go about your studying. If you come off the app and try to go on social media or text, your tree will die, and you’ll have a sad little dead tree in your forest! Also, every time you successfully grow a virtual tree, you get a couple of coins on the game. Once you reach 2,500 coins, a REAL tree is planted in Africa!
So, if you’re wanting to up your productivity, cut down on your phone use, and even make a difference to the world, you know what to do! It’s an awesome and simple little addition to a busy student’s life.