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10 Mobile Games To Boost Your Productivity

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.

                      Brain Yoga

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                        Last Updated on October 22, 2019

                        How to Focus and Concentrate Better to Boost Productivity

                        How to Focus and Concentrate Better to Boost Productivity

                        We live in a world of massive distraction. No matter where you are today, there is always going to be distractions. Your colleagues talking about their latest date, notification messages popping up on your screens, and not just your mobile phone screens. And even if you try to find a quiet place, there will always be someone with a mobile device that is beeping and chirping.

                        With all these distractions, it is incredibly difficult to concentrate on anything for very long. Something will distract you and that means you will find it very difficult to focus on anything.

                        So how to focus and concentrate better? How to focus better and produce work that lifts us and takes us closer towards achieving our outcomes?

                        1. Get Used to Turning off Your Devices

                        Yes, I know this one is hard for most people. We believe our devices are so vital to our lives that the thought of turning them off makes us feel insecure. The reality is they are not so vital and the world is not going to end within the next thirty minutes.

                        So turn them off. Your battery will thank you for it. More importantly though is when you are free from your mobile distraction addiction, you will begin to concentrate more on what needs to get done.

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                        You do not need to do this for very long. You could set a thirty-minute time frame for being completely mobile free. Let’s say you have an important piece of work to complete by lunchtime today. Turn off your mobile device between 10 am and 11 am and see what happens.

                        If you have never done this before, you will feel very uncomfortable at first. Your brain will be fighting you. It will be telling you all sorts of horror stories such as a meteorite is about to hit earth, or your boss is very angry and is trying to contact you. None of these things is true, but your brain is going to fight you. Prepare yourself for the fight.

                        Over time, as you do this more frequently, you will soon begin to find your brain fights you less and less. When you do turn on your device after your period of focused work and discover that the world did not end, you have not lost an important customer and all you have are a few email newsletters, a confirmation of an online order you made earlier and a text message from your mum asking you to call about dinner this weekend, you will start to feel more comfortable turning things off.

                        2. Create a Playlist in Your Favourite Music Streaming App

                        Many of us listen to music using some form of music streaming service, and it is very easy to create our own playlists of songs. This means we can create playlists for specific purposes.

                        Many years ago, when I was just starting to drive, there was a trend selling driving compilation tapes and CDs. The songs on these tapes and CDs were uplifting driving music songs. Songs such as C W McCall’s Convoy theme and the Allman Brothers Band’s, Jessica. They were great songs to drive to and helped to keep us awake and focused while we were driving.

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                        Today, we can create playlists to help us to focus on our work. Choose non-vocal music that has a low tempo. Music from artists such as Ben Böhmer, Ilan Bluestone or Andrew Bayer has the perfect tempo.

                        Whenever you want to go into deep, focused work, listen to that playlist. What happens is your brain soon associates when you listen to the playlist you created with focused work and it’s time to concentrate on what it is you want to do.

                        3. Have a Place to Go to When You Need to Concentrate

                        If you eat, surf online and read at your desk, you will find your desk a very distracting place to do your work. One way to get your brain to understand it is focused work time is, to use the same place each time for just focused work.

                        This could be a quiet place in your office, or it could be a special coffee shop you use specifically for focused work. Again, what you are doing is associating an environment with focus.

                        Just as with having a playlist to listen to when you want to concentrate, having a physical place that accomplishes the same thing will also put you in the right frame of mind to be more focused.

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                        When you do find the right place to do your focused work, then only do focused work there. Never surf, never do any online shopping. Just do your work and then leave. You want to be training your brain to associate focused work with that environment and nothing else.

                        If you need to make a phone call, respond to an email or message, then go outside and do it. From now on, this place is your special working place and that is all you use it for.

                        Every morning, I do fifteens minutes of meditation. Each time, I sit down to do my meditation, I use the same music playlist and the same place. As soon as I put my earphones in and sit down in this place, my mind immediately knows it is meditation time and I become relaxed and focused almost immediately. I have trained my brain over a few months to associate a sound and a place with relaxed, thoughtful meditation. It works.

                        4. Get up and Move

                        We humans have a limited attention span. How long you can stay focused for depends on your own personal makeup. It can range from between twenty minutes to around two hours. With practice, you can stay focused for longer, but it takes time and it takes a lot of practice.

                        When you do find yourself being unable to concentrate any longer, get up from where you are and move. Go for a walk, move around and get some air. Do something completely different from what you were doing when you were concentrating.

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                        If you were writing a report in front of a screen, get away from your screens and look out the window and appreciate the view. Take a walk in the local park, or just walk around your office. You need to give your brain completely different stimuli.

                        Your brain is like a muscle. There is only so much it can do before it fatigues. If you are doing some focused work in Photoshop and then switch to surfing the internet, you are not giving your brain any rest. You are still using many of the same parts of your brain.

                        It’s like doing fifty pushups and then immediately trying to do bench presses. Although you are doing a different exercise, you are still exercising your chest. What you need to be doing to build up superior levels of concentrated focus is, in a sense, do fifty pushups and then a session of squats. Now you are exercising your chest and then your legs. Two completely different exercises.

                        Do the same with your brain. Do focused visual work and then do some form of movement with a different type of work. Focused visual work followed by a discussion with a colleague about another unrelated piece of work, for example.

                        The Bottom Line

                        It is not difficult to train your brain to become better at concentrating and focusing, but you do need to exercise deliberate practice. You need to develop the intention to focus and be very strict with yourself.

                        Set time aside in your calendar and make sure you tell your colleagues that you will be ‘off the grid’ for a couple of hours. With practice and a little time, you will soon find yourself being able to resist temptations and focus better.

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