In truth, I often can find it difficult to inspire my students to practice, as I cannot remember a time when I had trouble being motivated to practice. Now that practice is such a part of my life, and I have so many gigs, it’s almost a matter of needing to stop myself, rather than find ways to get started and push past procrastination.
However, with my writing, I can (and do) find anything to distract me from getting started.
“To work on my novel” is such a vast goal that it is easy to put off, due to the size of the task.
“To write for half an hour” is a much more achievable goal and easier to face and tackle.
It is keeping this fact in mind that I share my new favourite app!
“Forest app: Stay focussed” was free for my Android but is $1.29 for iPhone. I would consider it a very well spent $1.29.
The idea is that you grow a forest, one tree at a time. You commit 30 minutes to grow each individual tree, but the tree dies if you close the window (to check FaceBook, fiddle on other sites etc). Each time you touch the phone there is another message –
Leave me alone
Go back to your work
Hang in there!
What you plant now you will harvest later
Leave me alone!
I have it on now.
The child in me loves this concept; even if it is a glorified timer. I will be suggesting this for all my students, and I’m sure it’s only a matter of time before we are competing to see whose forest is the largest.
What apps or other tricks have helped with keeping you focussed on practice or work?