Building a Forest… On my Phone? Lets Read More Books!

A few days ago I read a post by Beth @ BooksNest in which she talks about how how smartphones are distracting us from reading. I wholeheartedly agree with her. I know that there are times I sit in bed on my iPhone playing some mindless game or scrolling through instagram for the 1000th time instead of just reading. It’s quite sad when I think about it.

Beth’s blog post has been on my mind since I first read it.

So I took her suggestion and downloaded the Flora app on my phone. I’ve learned that I work better with some sort of reward system, even if it’s something really minor. I tested it out yesterday after I got out of work early and found myself rewatching Friends for the millionth time. The results? I ended up reading about 100 pages in The Wrath and the Dawn yesterday. I honestly could have finished it if my homework hadn’t taken so dang long.

But that’s beside the point.

If you’re unfamiliar with the Flora app, here’s how it works. You set a time for your focus session and you can’t exit out of the app during the session. The longer your session lasts, a tree begins to grow and gets bigger. However, if you exit out of the app in the middle of the session, you kill the tree.

I know. Why would you want a dead tree in your forest?

So what’s the plan?

For the rest of June and all of July, I’m going to set a goal of having these Flora focus sessions for at least 1 hour each week day (with exceptions perhaps for days when I have a lot of homework, which obviously comes first). On weekends, I’m hoping to get in longer focus sessions, particularly on Sundays which are often quiet days for me and my husband.

My goal? I’d like to see if I can get my books read for July into the double digits. It has been a long time since I’ve done that and I don’t know how feasible that actually is for July but I want to try!

I’m just not satisfied with the amount of reading I’ve been doing lately and while I’ve been doing better at taking care of myself physically, I want to spend less time on my phone and in front of the TV.

*Have you noticed that you pick your phone up more than a book?

*What do you do to help cut down on your screen time?

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3 responses to “Building a Forest… On my Phone? Lets Read More Books!

  1. I spend way too much time on my phone and it’s a problem I’ve been thinking a lot recently about ways to cut down my screen time. I don’t have any solutions yet, I’m going to have to check out the Flora app it sounds like it will help. I like your plan of having one hour long session a day for reading I might have to try that as well

  2. This is basically the greatest idea ever, and I think I will join you!! I was reading 10+ books per month at the start of the year, and this month I read like 5. Shame!!

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