Today, I'm doing research for my novel, and writing a blog post about adjusting to life after MFA graduation. I wanted to finish that post this morning, but I've been at it for an hour already, and I can tell it's not going to happen before I need to be at work. So here are some quick recommendations instead.
Have you ever been addicted to your phone and just cannot put it down? Forest provides an interesting solution to beat your phone addiction. You can plant a seed in Forest. In the following time, this seed will gradually grow into a tree. However, if you cannot resist the temptation and leave this app to check Facebook or play a game, your tree will wither away. With this interesting mechanism, the sense of achievement and responsibility will drive our users to stay away from their phone with no pain.
Every tree you plant is added to a virtual forest for that day, allowing you to track your progress over time. I know they're just virtual trees, but I haven't killed one yet. It works great for limiting my phone addiction, and it's a fun twist on the pomodoro timer I usually use for productivity at work.
What I'm regretting: We missed the Perseid meteor showers this weekend when they were at their peak. However, celestial debris from the Swift-Tuttle Comet will continue to fall through our atmosphere for at least another week, so we may go out and do some sky watching still.
What I'm reading: I read this story last week, and in light of recent events, it seems worth sharing. "The Practical Guide to Punching Nazis," by Alex Shvartsman.
What I'm listening to: "Thunder" by Imagine Dragons. Interesting video, too.
So what's new with you?