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10 Mobile Games To Boost Your Productivity

10 Mobile Games To Boost Your Productivity
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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.

            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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                        The Importance of Reminders (And How to Make a Reminder Work)

                        The Importance of Reminders (And How to Make a Reminder Work)
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                        No matter how well you set up your todo list and calendar, you aren’t going to get things done unless you have a reliable way of reminding yourself to actually do them.

                        Anyone who’s spent an hour writing up the perfect grocery list only to realize at the store that they forgot to bring the list understands the importance of reminders.

                        Reminders of some sort or another are what turn a collection of paper goods or web services into what David Allen calls a “trusted system.”[1]

                        A lot of people resist getting better organized. No matter what kind of chaotic mess, their lives are on a day-to-day basis because they know themselves well enough to know that there’s after all that work they’ll probably forget to take their lists with them when it matters most.

                        Fortunately, there are ways to make sure we remember to check our lists — and to remember to do the things we need to do, whether they’re on a list or not.

                        In most cases, we need a lot of pushing at first, for example by making a reminder, but eventually we build up enough momentum that doing what needs doing becomes a habit — not an exception.

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                        From Creating Reminders to Building Habits

                        A habit is any act we engage in automatically without thinking about it.

                        For example, when you brush your teeth, you don’t have to think about every single step from start to finish; once you stagger up to the sink, habit takes over (and, really, habit got you to the sink in the first place) and you find yourself putting toothpaste on your toothbrush, putting the toothbrush in your mouth (and never your ear!), spitting, rinsing, and so on without any conscious effort at all.

                        This is a good thing because if you’re anything like me, you’re not even capable of conscious thought when you’re brushing your teeth.

                        The good news is you already have a whole set of productivity habits you’ve built up over the course of your life. The bad news is, a lot of them aren’t very good habits.

                        That quick game Frogger to “loosen you up” before you get working, that always ends up being 6 hours of Frogger –– that’s a habit. And as you know, habits like that can be hard to break — which is one of the reasons why habits are so important in the first place.

                        Once you’ve replaced an unproductive habit with a more productive one, the new habit will be just as hard to break as the old one was. Getting there, though, can be a chore!

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                        The old saw about anything you do for 21 days becoming a habit has been pretty much discredited, but there is a kernel of truth there — anything you do long enough becomes an ingrained behavior, a habit. Some people pick up habits quickly, others over a longer time span, but eventually, the behaviors become automatic.

                        Building productive habits, then, is a matter of repeating a desired behavior over a long enough period of time that you start doing it without thinking.

                        But how do you remember to do that? And what about the things that don’t need to be habits — the one-off events, like taking your paycheck stubs to your mortgage banker or making a particular phone call?

                        The trick to reminding yourself often enough for something to become a habit, or just that one time that you need to do something, is to interrupt yourself in some way in a way that triggers the desired behavior.

                        The Wonderful Thing About Triggers — Reminders

                        A trigger is anything that you put “in your way” to remind you to do something. The best triggers are related in some way to the behavior you want to produce.

                        For instance, if you want to remember to take something to work that you wouldn’t normally take, you might place it in front of the door so you have to pick it up to get out of your house.

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                        But anything that catches your attention and reminds you to do something can be a trigger. An alarm clock or kitchen timer is a perfect example — when the bell rings, you know to wake up or take the quiche out of the oven. (Hopefully you remember which trigger goes with which behavior!)

                        If you want to instill a habit, the thing to do is to place a trigger in your path to remind you to do whatever it is you’re trying to make into a habit — and keep it there until you realize that you’ve already done the thing it’s supposed to remind you of.

                        For instance, a post-it saying “count your calories” placed on the refrigerator door (or maybe on your favorite sugary snack itself)  can help you remember that you’re supposed to be cutting back — until one day you realize that you don’t need to be reminded anymore.

                        These triggers all require a lot of forethought, though — you have to remember that you need to remember something in the first place.

                        For a lot of tasks, the best reminder is one that’s completely automated — you set it up and then forget about it, trusting the trigger to pop up when you need it.

                        How to Make a Reminder Works for You

                        Computers and ubiquity of mobile Internet-connected devices make it possible to set up automatic triggers for just about anything.

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                        Desktop software like Outlook will pop up reminders on your desktop screen, and most online services go an extra step and send reminders via email or SMS text message — just the thing to keep you on track. Sandy, for example, just does automatic reminders.

                        Automated reminders can help you build habits — but it can also help you remember things that are too important to be trusted even to habit. Diabetics who need to take their insulin, HIV patients whose medication must be taken at an exact time in a precise order, phone calls that have to be made exactly on time, and other crucial events require triggers even when the habit is already in place.

                        My advice is to set reminders for just about everything — have them sent to your mobile phone in some way (either through a built-in calendar or an online service that sends updates) so you never have to think about it — and never have to worry about forgetting.

                        Your weekly review is a good time to enter new reminders for the coming weeks or months. I simply don’t want to think about what I’m supposed to be doing; I want to be reminded so I can think just about actually doing it.

                        I tend to use my calendar for reminders, mostly, though I do like Sandy quite a bit.

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                        Reference

                        [1] Getting Things Done: Trusted System

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