Visual Timer – Countdown (Android only)

What does it do?

This timer app gives users a visual representation of time passing. It allows you to set a timer to complete tasks with a visual and numerical countdown to help keep you focused and develop an understanding of the passage of time.

What can I use it for?

You can set a timer for one-off tasks or pre-programme a timer for activities you do regularly.

Cost? It’s free!

Where can I find it? It’s available to download on Android phones only from Google Play here.

Forest

What does it do?

Forest is a motivational time management app that stops you using your phone by blocking access to other apps and websites you put on your blacklist for a fixed amount of time. The app grows trees all the time you are not using your phone and you can save your progress so that eventually you have a full forest.

What can I use it for?

Forest helps you combat procrastination and distraction, and be present to your study and your learning. The timer feature allows you to break your study into discrete chunks. If you are easily distracted by notifications, news, social media and the like, this app is particularly motivating because it turns your bad online habits into a game where you can grow time management skills.

Cost? £1.99 (in-app purchases also available, allowing you to be environmentally-conscious and grow real trees!)

Where can I find it? It’s available to download from the App Store and Google Play. For further information on the app you can take a look at https://forestapp.cc/. Also, this fan video below is very useful.

Habit Minder

What does it do? Aims to help you form healthy habits and keep you accountable through useful tools. It can be beneficial for time management, productivity and increasing general well being.

What can I use it for? Helps you to build positive habits and set and reach your goals. Enables you to track your progress and add a reward system when you meet your targets.

Cost? It’s free! Premium subscriptions available to purchase.

Where can I find it? It’s available to download from the App Store and Google Play. For further information on the app you can take a look here: https://habitminder.com/

Focus at Will

What does it do? Offers music that is aimed to help you focus better through timed intervals. It creates a personal concentration playlist, can reduce distraction and increase productivity.

What can I use it for? You can build a personal playlist of music which helps you with productivity and it enables you to track what works to help build this up. The music is lyric free and is designed to change at certain intervals to keep you focussed.

Cost? Free trial (1 week), subscriptions start at $30 per year.

Where can I find it? It’s available to download from the App Store and Google Play. For further information on the app you can take a look here: https://www.focusatwill.com/

Noisli

What does it do? Plays natural background noises such as a forest, river, rainfall, cafe buzz etc. You can mix different sounds and change the volume.

What can I use it for? Helpful in masking your environmental noise to improve focus and boost productivity. It can also be used for relaxation and for providing a soothing background noise to help fall asleep.

Cost? It’s free! Premium subscriptions available to purchase.

Where can I find it? It’s available to download from the App Store and Google Play. For further information on the app you can take a look here: https://www.noisli.com/