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10 Mobile Games To Boost Your Productivity

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10 Mobile Games To Boost Your Productivity

If you are like most people, you enjoy playing a good game. But, as an adult, we often feel guilty for indulging in such activities. Well I’m here to let you in on a little secret. You don’t have to feel guilty about your game play anymore. Here is some of the explanation for why gamifying your life can actually help you reach your goals. With these awesome mobile games, your productivity will skyrocket. Get ready to gain control of your life with a massive smile across your face.

1. HabitRPG

This game turns your everyday activities into little quests. You work to develop habits such as flossing, drinking water and getting eight hours of sleep while earning gold and awesome gear for your character. HabitRPG is designed to help you develop positive habits and move beyond those negative ones. The rewards of collecting gold, leveling up and making your character buff are sure to increase your overall producitivity. Get it here.

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    2. SuperBetter

    This snazzy Iphone game is designed to connect you to social relationships and powerful emotions in order to motivate your productivity. You will work to earn rewards by adventuring on quests. Users get to see their statistics overtime which further motivates and empowers them. As you progress you will unlock different challenges and can spend some time brainstorming improvement strategies in your Secret lab. Get this producitivty powerhouse here.

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      3. Fitocracy

      This fitness based mobile game allows the user to obtain rewards for steady progress toward health goals. You can earn badges and level up as you prepare to battle other members of the Fitocracy community. The social element of battling for glory in Fitocracy is one of the most addictive elements of this life enhancing game. Get pumped to reach your goals and feel better doing it with this life changing game here.

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        4. Epic Win

        This Iphone app is a great way to power through your daily chores with a smile on your face. Epic Win is centered around turning your To Do list into an RPG game. You will find loot, level up and adventure on various quests. You can watch yourself progress through the game on your history page. The game specific music and special effects will encourage your drive to increase productivity and get stuff done. Get it here.

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          4. Zero

          Do you ever feel overwhelmed by your inbox? Never fear, Zero is here! Now you can turn that massive pile of emails into a fun game. Your goal is to reach the zero email screen. Zero streamlines your messages so you can quickly and easily navigate the piles. The easy to follow swiping action will help you reduce time spent diving through the details and get back to your life. Get it here.

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            5. Zombies, Run!

            This awesome app combines your morning run with the zombie apocalypse. Get immersed in the danger as your personalized story line intensifies with epic music and narration. You’ll be pumped to do your daily run as you progress in saving the world. Get it here.

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              6. FuelGood

              If one of your goals is to reduce your carbon footprint, then this is the game for you. FuelGood gamifies your morning commute so you make progress toward making the world a greener place. This app tracks your driving and gives you helpful tips on how to reduce your emissions. You’ll be driven to beat your personal best each day as you progress through the world of FuelGood. Get it here.

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                7. MindBloom

                Maybe you are looking for a game that helps you manage your whole life. Enough with a little bit here and a little bit there. MindBloom is a suite of apps which help you grow a beautiful tree representing exactly the life you want. The sun (your motivation) gives your tree the umph it needs to keep growing while the rain (your action) offers the food so critically needed to reach your goals. This inclusive app is designed to help you find everything you need to get motivated, stay motivated, and take action to grow the tree you’ve always dreamed of. Get it here.

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                  8. Task Hammer

                  This RPG To Do list combo allows you to get your stuff done while becoming a fantasy hero. You have opportunities to level up as you play either a Rogue, Sorceress or Barbarian. As you go through the game, you can provide specific attributes to various tasks you establish in the game. Get the most of your play by setting up recurring tasks and alarms. Get it here.

                  Task Hammer

                    9. Mobee

                    Are you ready to gamify your money making adventures? Mobee allows the user to experience the wonders of mystery shopping in the context of a game. You, the mystery shopper, must go to complete specific missions and recieve rewards via points which can be redeemed for real world gift cards. Typically the missions are pretty easy to complete and in no time you will have earned enough for a free coffee. Get Mobee here.

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                      10. Brain Yoga

                      Sure you could play candy crush until the end of time, but will that really help you much? Probably not. If you love puzzle games, and you want to increase your brain’s productivity, you need to check out Brain Yoga. By playing just a few minutes a day, you will increase your cognitive performance in memory, vocabulary, numeracy, spatial ability and pattern matching. Get your games on while improving your noggin. Get it here.

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                        Last Updated on October 7, 2021

                        Are You Addicted to Productivity?

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                        Are You Addicted to Productivity?

                        “It’s great to be productive. It really is. But sometimes, we chase productivity so much that it makes us, well, unproductive. It’s easy to read a lot about how to be more productive, but don’t forget that you have to make that time up.”

                        Matt Cutts wrote that back in 2013,[1]

                        “Today, search for ‘productivity’ and Google will come back with about 663,000,000 results. If you decide to go down this rabbit hole, you’ll be bombarded by a seemingly endless amount of content. I’m talking about books, blogs, videos, apps, podcasts, scientific studies, and subreddits all dedicated to productivity.”

                        Like so many other people, I’ve also fallen into this trap. For years I’ve been on the lookout for trends and hacks that will help me work faster and more efficiently — and also trends that help me help others to be faster. I’ve experimented with various strategies and tools . And, while some of these strategies and solutions have been extremely useful — without parsing out what you need quickly — it’s counterproductive.

                        Sometimes you end up spending more time focusing on how to be productive instead of actually being productive.

                        “The most productive people I know don’t read these books, they don’t watch these videos, they don’t try a new app every month,” James Bedell wrote in a Medium post.[2] “They are far too busy getting things done to read about Getting Things Done.”

                        This is my mantra:

                        I proudly say, “I am addicted to productivity — I want to be addicted to productivity — productivity is my life and my mission — and I also want to find the best way to lead others through productivity to their best selves.

                        But most of the time productivity means putting your head down and working until the job’s done.” –John Rampton

                        Addiction to Productivity is Real

                        Dr. Sandra Chapman, director of the University of Texas at Dallas Center for BrainHealth points out that the brain can get addicted to productivity just as it can to more common sources of addiction, such as drugs, gambling, eating, and shopping.

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                        “A person might crave the recognition their work gives them or the salary increases they get,” Chapman told the BBC.[3] “The problem is that just like all addictions, over time, a person needs more and more to be satisfied, and then it starts to work against you. Withdrawal symptoms include increased anxiety, depression, and fear.”

                        Despite the harmful consequences, addiction is considered by some experts as a brain disease that affects the brain’s reward system and ends in compulsive behavior. Regardless, society tends to reward productivity — or at least to treat it positively. As a result, this makes the problem even worse.

                        “It’s seen like a good thing: the more you work, the better,” adds Chapman. “Many people don’t realize the harm it causes until a divorce occurs and a family is broken apart, or the toll it takes on mental health.”

                        Because of the occasional negative issues with productivity, it’s no surprise that it is considered a “mixed-blessing addiction.”

                        “A workaholic might be earning a lot of money, just as an exercise addict is very fit,” explains Dr. Mark Griffiths, distinguished professor of behavioral addiction at Nottingham Trent University. “But the thing about any addiction is that in the long run, the detrimental effects outweigh any short-term benefits.”

                        “There may be an initial period where the individual who is developing a work addiction is more productive than someone who isn’t addicted to work, but it will get to a point when they are no longer productive, and their health and relationships are affected,” Griffiths writes in Psychology Today.[4] “It could be after one year or more, but if the individual doesn’t do anything about it, they could end up having serious health consequences.”

                        “For instance, I speculated that the consequences of work addiction may be reclassified as something else: If someone ends up dying of a work-related heart attack, it isn’t necessarily seen as having anything to do with an addiction per se – it might be attributed to something like burnout,” he adds.

                        There Are Three “Distinct Extreme Productivity Types

                        Cyril Peupion, a Sydney-based productivity expert, has observed extreme productivity among clients at both large and medium-sized companies. “Most people who come to me are high performers and very successful. But often, the word they use to describe their work style is ‘unsustainable,’ and they need help getting it back on track.”

                        By changing their work habits, Peupion assists teams and individuals improve their performance and ensure that their efforts are aligned with the overarching strategy of the business, rather than focusing on work as a means to an end. He has distinguished three types of extreme productivity in his classification: efficiency obsessive, selfishly productive, and quantity-obsessed.

                        Efficiency obsessive. “Their desks are super tidy and their pens are probably color-coded. They are the master of ‘inbox zero.’ But they have lost sight of the big picture, and don’t know the difference between efficiency and effectiveness.”

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                        Selfishly productive. “They are so focused on their own world that if they are asked to do something outside of it, they aren’t interested. They do have the big picture in mind, but the picture is too much about them.”

                        Quantity-obsessed. “They think; ‘The more emails I respond to, the more meetings I attend, the more tasks I do, the higher my performance.’ As a result, they face a real risk of burnout.”

                        Peupion believes that “quantity obsessed” individuals are the most common type “because there is a pervasive belief that ‘more’ means ‘better’ at work.”

                        The Warning Signs of Productivity Addiction

                        Here are a few questions you should ask yourself if you think you may be succumbing to productivity addiction. After all, most of us aren’t aware of this until it’s too late.

                        • Can you tell when you’re “wasting” time? If so, have you ever felt guilty about it?
                        • Does technology play a big part in optimizing your time management?
                        • Do you talk about how busy you are most of the time? In your opinion, is hustling better than doing less?
                        • What is your relationship with your email inbox? Are you constantly checking it or experience phantom notifications?
                        • When you only check one item off your list, do you feel guilty?
                        • Does stress from work interfere with your sleep?
                        • Have you been putting things off, like a vacation or side project, because you’re “too swamped?

                        The first step toward turning around your productivity obsession is to recognize it. If you answered “yes” to any of the above questions, then it’s time to make a plan to overcome your addiction to productivity.

                        Overcoming Your Productivity Addiction

                        Thankfully, there are ways to curb your productivity addiction. And, here are 9 such ways to achieve that goal.

                        1. Set Limits

                        Just because you’re hooked on productivity doesn’t mean you have to completely abstain from it. Instead, you need to establish boundaries.

                        For example, there are a lot of amazing productivity podcasts out there. But, that doesn’t mean you have to listen to them all in the course of a day. Instead, you could listen to one or two podcasts, like The Productivity Podcast or Before Breakfast, during your commute. And, that would be your only time of the day to get your productivity fix.

                        2. Create a Not-to-Do List

                        Essentially, the idea of a not-to-do list is to eliminate the need to practice self-discipline. Getting rid of low-value tasks and bad habits will allow you to focus on what you really want to do as opposed to weighing the pros and cons or declining time requests. More importantly, this prevents you from feeling guilty about not crossing everything off an unrealistic to-do list.

                        3. Be Vulnerable

                        By this, I mean admitting where you could improve. For example, if you’re new to remote work and are struggling with thi s, you would only focus on topics in this area. Suggestions would be how to create a workspace at home, not getting distracted when the kids aren’t in school, or improving remote communication and collaboration with others.

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                        4. Understand Why You Procrastinate

                        Often, we procrastinate to minimize negative emotions like boredom or stress. Other times it could be because it’s a learned trait, underestimating how long it takes you to complete something or having a bias towards a task.

                        Regardless of the exact reason, we end up doing busy work, scrolling social media, or just watching one more episode of our favorite TV series. And, even though we know that it’s not for the best, we do things that make us feel better than the work we should do to restore our mood.[5]

                        There are a lot of ways to overcome procrastination. But, the first step is to be aware of it so that you can take action. For example, if you’re dreading a difficult task, don’t just watch Netflix. Instead, procrastinate more efficiently,y like returning a phone call or working on a client pitch.

                        5. Don’t Be a Copycat

                        Let’s keep this short and sweet. When you find a productivity app or technique that works for you, stick with it.

                        That’s not to say that you can’t make adjustments along the way or try new tools or hacks. However, the main takeaway should be that just because someone swears by the Pomodoro Technique doesn’t mean it’s a good fit for you.

                        6. Say Yes to Less

                        Across the board, your philosophy should be less is more.

                        That means only download the apps you actually use and want to keep (after you try them out) and uninstall the ones you don’t use. For example, are you currently reading a book on productivity? Don’t buy your next book until you’ve finished the one you’re currently reading (or permit yourself to toss a book that isn’t doing you any good). — and if you really want to finish a book more quickly, listen to the book on your way to work and back.

                        Already have plans this weekend? Don’t commit to a birthday party. And, if you’re day is booked, decline that last-minute meeting request.

                        7. Stop Focusing on What’s Next

                        “In the age when purchasing a thing from overseas is just one click and talking to another person is one swipe right, acquiring new objects or experiences can be addictive like anything else,” writes Patrick Banks for Lifehack .

                        “That doesn’t need to be you,” he adds. “You can stop your addition to ‘the next thing’ starting today.” After all, “there will always be this next thing if you don’t make a conscious decision to get your life back together and be the one in charge.”

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                        • Think about your current lifestyle and the person you’re at this stage to help you identify what you aren’t satisfied with.
                        • By setting clear goals for yourself in the future, you will be able to overcome your addiction.
                        • Establish realistic goals.
                        • To combat addiction, you must be aware of what is going on around you, as well as inside your head, at any given time.
                        • Don’t spend time with people who have unhealthy behaviors.
                        • Hold yourself accountable.
                        • Keep a journal and write out what you want to overcome.
                        • Appreciate no longer being addicted to what’s next.

                        8. Simplify

                        Each day, pick one priority task. That’s it. As long as you concentrate on one task at a time, you will be less likely to get distracted or overwhelmed by an endless list of tasks. A simple mantra to live by is: work smarter, not harder.

                        The same is also accurate with productivity hacks and tools. Bullet journaling is a great example. Unfortunately, for many, a bullet journal is way more time-consuming and overwhelming than a traditional planner.

                        9. Learn How to Relax

                        “Sure, we need to produce sometimes, especially if we have to pay the bills, but, banning obsession with productivity is unhealthy,” writes Leo Babauta. “When you can’t get yourself to be productive, relax.” Don’t worry about being hyper-efficient. And, don’t beat yourself up about having fun.

                        “But what if you can’t motivate yourself … ever?” he asks. “Sure, that can be a problem. But if you relax and enjoy yourself, you’ll be happier.”

                        “And if you work when you get excited, on things you’re excited about, and create amazing things, that’s motivation,” Leo states. “Not forcing yourself to work when you don’t want to, on things you don’t want to work on — motivation is doing things you love when you get excited.”

                        But, how exactly can you relax? Here are some tips from Leo;

                        • Spend 5 minutes walking outside and breathe in the fresh air.
                        • Give yourself more time to accomplish things. Less rushing means less stress.
                        • If you can, get outside after work to enjoy nature.
                        • Play like a child. Even better? Play with your kids. And, have fun at work — maybe give gamification a try .
                        • Take the day off, rest, and do something non-work-related.
                        • Allow yourself an hour of time off. Try not to be productive during that time. Just relax.
                        • You should work with someone who is exciting. Make your project exciting.
                        • Don’t work in the evenings. Seriously.
                        • Visit a massage therapist.
                        • Just breathe.

                        “Step by step, learn to relax,” he suggests. “Learn that productivity isn’t everything.” For that statement, sorry Leo, I say productivity isn’t everything — it’s the only thing.” However, if you can’t cut loose, relax, do fun things, and do the living part of your life — you’ll crack in a big way — you really will.

                        It’s great to create and push forward — just remember it doesn’t mean that every minute must be spent working or obsessing over productivity issues. Instead, invest your time in meaningful, high-impact work, get into it, focus, put in big time and then relax.

                        Are You Addicted to Productivity? was originally published on Calendar by John Rampton.

                        Featured photo credit: Christina @ wocintechchat.com via unsplash.com

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