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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.

        Epic Win

          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.

            Zombies, Run

              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.

                MindBloom

                  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 July 10, 2020

                        The Power of Ritual: Conquer Procrastination, Time Wasters and Laziness

                        The Power of Ritual: Conquer Procrastination, Time Wasters and Laziness

                        Life is wasted in the in-between times. The time between when your alarm first rings and when you finally decide to get out of bed. The time between when you sit at your desk and when productive work begins. The time between making a decision and doing something about it.

                        Slowly, your day is whittled away from all the unused in-between moments. Eventually, time wasters, laziness, and procrastination get the better of you.

                        The solution to reclaim these lost middle moments is by creating rituals. Every culture on earth uses rituals to transfer information and encode behaviors that are deemed important. Personal rituals can help you build a better pattern for handling everything from how you wake up to how you work.

                        Unfortunately, when most people see rituals, they see pointless superstitions. Indeed, many rituals are based on a primitive understanding of the world. But by building personal rituals, you get to encode the behaviors you feel are important and cut out the wasted middle moments.

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                        Program Your Own Algorithms

                        Another way of viewing rituals is by seeing them as computer algorithms. An algorithm is a set of instructions that is repeated to get a result.

                        Some algorithms are highly efficient, sorting or searching millions of pieces of data in a few seconds. Other algorithms are bulky and awkward, taking hours to do the same task.

                        By forming rituals, you are building algorithms for your behavior. Take the delayed and painful pattern of waking up, debating whether to sleep in for another two minutes, hitting the snooze button, repeat until almost late for work. This could be reprogrammed to get out of bed immediately, without debating your decision.

                        How to Form a Ritual

                        I’ve set up personal rituals for myself for handling e-mail, waking up each morning, writing articles, and reading books. Far from making me inflexible, these rituals give me a useful default pattern that works best 99% of the time. Whenever my current ritual won’t work, I’m always free to stop using it.

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                        Forming a ritual isn’t too difficult, and the same principles for changing habits apply:

                        1. Write out your sequence of behavior. I suggest starting with a simple ritual of only 3-4 steps maximum. Wait until you’ve established a ritual before you try to add new steps.
                        2. Commit to following your ritual for thirty days. This step will take the idea and condition it into your nervous system as a habit.
                        3. Define a clear trigger. When does your ritual start? A ritual to wake up is easy—the sound of your alarm clock will work. As for what triggers you to go to the gym, read a book or answer e-mail—you’ll have to decide.
                        4. Tweak the Pattern. Your algorithm probably won’t be perfectly efficient the first time. Making a few tweaks after the first 30-day trial can make your ritual more useful.

                        Ways to Use a Ritual

                        Based on the above ideas, here are some ways you could implement your own rituals:

                        1. Waking Up

                        Set up a morning ritual for when you wake up and the next few things you do immediately afterward. To combat the grogginess after immediately waking up, my solution is to do a few pushups right after getting out of bed. After that, I sneak in ninety minutes of reading before getting ready for morning classes.

                        2. Web Usage

                        How often do you answer e-mail, look at Google Reader, or check Facebook each day? I found by taking all my daily internet needs and compressing them into one, highly-efficient ritual, I was able to cut off 75% of my web time without losing any communication.

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                        3. Reading

                        How much time do you get to read books? If your library isn’t as large as you’d like, you might want to consider the rituals you use for reading. Programming a few steps to trigger yourself to read instead of watching television or during a break in your day can chew through dozens of books each year.

                        4. Friendliness

                        Rituals can also help with communication. Set up a ritual of starting a conversation when you have opportunities to meet people.

                        5. Working

                        One of the hardest barriers when overcoming procrastination is building up a concentrated flow. Building those steps into a ritual can allow you to quickly start working or continue working after an interruption.

                        6. Going to the gym

                        If exercising is a struggle, encoding a ritual can remove a lot of the difficulty. Set up a quick ritual for going to exercise right after work or when you wake up.

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                        7. Exercise

                        Even within your workouts, you can have rituals. Spacing the time between runs or reps with a certain number of breaths can remove the guesswork. Forming a ritual of doing certain exercises in a particular order can save time.

                        8. Sleeping

                        Form a calming ritual in the last 30-60 minutes of your day before you go to bed. This will help slow yourself down and make falling asleep much easier. Especially if you plan to get up full of energy in the morning, it will help if you remove insomnia.

                        8. Weekly Reviews

                        The weekly review is a big part of the GTD system. By making a simple ritual checklist for my weekly review, I can get the most out of this exercise in less time. Originally, I did holistic reviews where I wrote my thoughts on the week and progress as a whole. Now, I narrow my focus toward specific plans, ideas, and measurements.

                        Final Thoughts

                        We all want to be productive. But time wasters, procrastination, and laziness sometimes get the better of us. If you’re facing such difficulties, don’t be afraid to make use of these rituals to help you conquer them.

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