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This Meditative App Helps You Stay Focused by Planting Trees in Real Life

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If you’re looking for a productive way to turn your phone into something really special, then look no further than the Forest app.

It works by encouraging users to stay focused and be more present in their daily lives  – by planting virtual trees.

Its simple mission is to help users  “stay focused” and “be present” by training people to manage their time and become less dependent on their phones in a fun, purposeful way.

Users grow virtual trees and earn coins, which can then be saved up and used to help plant real trees in five countries in Africa.

See: Five Mindful DIY Projects That Will Transform Your Home into a Calm Haven

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The app partners with charity Trees for the Future to grow trees in real life.

When users spend virtual coins they earn in Forest on planting  trees, the Forest team donates to the organisation and creates planting orders.

It’s a great way to train yourself to temporarily put down your phone and focus on what’s more important in real life.

The trees planted in the app take a certain amount of time to grow, customised to  how long you want to abstain from your device. If you cannot resist the temptation of using your phone and leave the app, your tree will wither.

The idea is that the sense of achievement and responsibility will encourage you to stay away from your phone, and help you make better use of your time for both you and the environment!

The Forest App is available to download from the Google Play or the App Store.