Holiday Update: Dissertation and an App called Forest.

Uni starts back tomorrow, I can’t believe how quickly the holidays have gone! I managed to get a pretty good rest and recharge my ideas for this semester – it’s going to be unbelievably busy. My dissertation is finally finished, printed and ready to hand in tomorrow so i’m super pleased. I can’t believe i’ve been writing it for a whole year now. I feel I did a lot of research and covered a lot of points so I hope it shows. I thoroughly believe that art therapy can help people suffering with dementia as I have seen first hand the effects that it can have – I just hope the examiner sees this too.

One of the aspects that I had trouble with when writing the dissertation was keeping focused. I was always getting a notification or two on my phone and this distracted me from my writing flow. Someone recommended an app called Forest to me and I can honestly say it helps. It works by setting a certain time that you want to stay focused for, say, one hour. It then counts down whilst growing a tree. If you look at any other app your tree dies, giving you incentive to keep going. It also gives you little messages like ‘put your phone down’ which can be quite amusing. I think it helps being able to break up your writing into small manageable chunks instead of an overwhelming three hour slot. I’ll place some photos in the post as it’s a lot easier to see than explain.

That’s all for now. I’m excited to get back and throw myself into work again as I want to get ahead and not be panicking come degree show time. Blog updates will now resume every Sunday at 7am so look out for them :)

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