• Ridge Michiels

Apps to limit your smartphone use

Many students are distracted by their smartphone when doing their coursework. Here are a few handy apps and functionalities on your smartphone (yes, indeed), to help you stay focused.

1. Plantie: stay focused

Plantie is a free alternative to Forest. This app helps you with your time management, making sure you can stay focused for a longer period of time. The aim of this app is to make fruit grow. You do this by working for a specific period, or studying… While you’re working hard, fruit grows in the app. Every time you use another app on your smartphone, the fruit stops growing.

At the end of the day, you can check the statistics to see how efficiently you worked during the day.

2. Be Focused

This app is perfect for people who have trouble concentrating over longer periods of time. The app is based on the Pomodoro method, which requires you to complete four study sessions of 25 minutes each, with a five-minute break in between sessions. After four sessions, the app lets you take a 15 to 20-minute break.

3. Screen time

Another option for limiting your smartphone use is to adapt your screen time. You can choose how much you can use a specific app during a given period in the settings of your device. Once you have exceeded this limit, the app is automatically blocked. A functionality on your smartphone that offers plenty of opportunities.


This article was written for fromyourkot.be, an online platform that was created in times of corona at the request of the University of Antwerp.

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