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These Gamification Productivity Apps Will Boost Your Success

These Gamification Productivity Apps Will Boost Your Success

Gamification of work can help you achieve a lot more than you usually would, as it turns regular tasks into games. The basics of gamification are simple: you apply the game mechanics to your work and then you enjoy the task at hand. This simple trick has been used to increase productivity since the Romans ruled the world, and now gamification productivity apps are taking over. Here are the top apps you can use to boost your daily life, both at home and at work.

To Round

To Round is a simple yet very useful app which helps you manage your work and stay on top of your tasks. As the name implies, this gamification productivity app offers a visual display of your tasks in the form of bubbles. As soon as you write a task, it turns into a color-coded bubble, sized according to the importance of the task. As you complete tasks, the bubbles drop off the screen, making room for more task bubbles. The colors help you organize tasks by tags so you can easily manage them.

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Now the productivity part: the bubbles are addictive and will encourage you to tick off tasks, increasing your productivity throughout the day. You can get To Round for Android and for iOS.

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Due Props

What about playing games at the office? Due Props lets you play at work, with your co-workers and your boss, all in the name of productivity. The process is simple: you get tokens for every task you’ve successfully finished. For example, you can get “Awesome Blogging” tokens from your co-workers or your boss. The benefit of this entry on the gamification productivity apps list is that you can spend the entire working day playing with your colleagues: the more you play and hunt for tokens, the more tasks you will complete. It’s truly a win-win situation!

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Mint

Mint is a gamification productivity app that is directed towards your financial plans and can help you save on the go. The app is full of checklists and progress bars, which help you visualize your progress — this is a powerful motivational factor. Apart from this, Mint also awards you scores and titles, depending on how “financially fit” you are. If this won’t help you save for your next trip around the world, nothing else will.

Task Hammer

This app comes with a real game. You pick your avatar, which can be a rogue, witch, or barbarian, then you set different skills to the avatar and start completing tasks. As you complete your tasks, your avatar grows and gains experience points. Apart from actually being a game, Task Hammer comes with a special feature: it has an alarm clock. This way, you will always be reminded of your tasks. For busy people, this is a true life-saver, as it’s easy to forget about tasks, even if they come in the form of a game.

Quest

If you are a fan of Minecraft, Quest will definitely be your favorite gamification productivity app, since it has an 8-bit design which can trigger the sweet sense of nostalgia for anyone old enough to have played the game growing up. Then, there are the gaming factors. Again, like To Round, this is a simple app that’s easy to use for anyone. Your tasks become quests, which already makes them more appealing. As you clear your quests, accompanied by your avatar, you will have fun and increase your productivity. Compared to the other gamification apps on this list, this one is a relative new entry, which means it comes with some drawbacks: there are no predefined quests, so you will have to make them all on your own, and there are no stats.

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Last Updated on March 31, 2020

How To Break the Procrastination Cycle

How To Break the Procrastination Cycle

How often do you find yourself procrastinating? Do you wish you could procrastinate less? We all know how debilitating procrastination can make us feel, and it seems to be a challenge we all share. Procrastination is one of the biggest hindrances to moving forward and doing the things that we want to in life.

There are many reasons why you might be procrastinating, and sometimes, it is really difficult to pinpoint why. You might be procrastinating because of something related to the past, present, or future (they are all intertwined), or it could be as simple as biological factors. Whatever the reason, most of us follow a cycle when we procrastinate, from the moment we decide to do something to actually getting it done, or in this case, not getting it done.

The Vicious Procrastination Cycle

For some reason, it helps to understand that we all go through the same thing, even though we often feel like the only person in the world who struggles with this. Do you resonate with the cycle below?

1. Feeling Eager and Energized

This is when you commit to taking a new action or getting something done. You are feeling confident and optimistic that, this time round, you will do it!

2. Apprehension Starts to Come Up

The beginning stages of optimism are starting to fade. There is still time, but you haven’t done anything yet, and you start to feel uneasy. You realize that you actually have to do something to get it done, and that good intentions are not enough.

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3. Still No Action

More time has passed. You still haven’t taken any action and probably have a lot of excuses why. You start to panic a little and wish you had started sooner. Your panic starts to turn into frustration and perhaps even irritability.

4. Flicker of Hope Left

You can still make it; there is a little time left and you ponder how you are going to get it done. The rush you get from leaving your task until the last minute gives you a flicker of hope. There is still time; you can do this!

5. Fading Quickly

Your hope starts to quickly fade as you try desperately to understand why you just can’t do this. You may feel desperate and have thoughts like, “What is wrong with me?” and “Why do I ALWAYS do this?” You feel discouraged, or perhaps angry and resentful at yourself.

6. Vow to Yourself

Once the feeling of anger or disappointment disappears, you most likely swear to yourself that this will never happen again; that this was the last time and next time will be different.

Does this sound like you? Is the next time different? I understand the devastating effect that procrastination has on many lives, and for some, it is a really serious problem. You also have, on the other hand, those who procrastinate but it doesn’t affect them in any way. You know whether it is affecting you or not and whether it undermines your results.

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How to Break the Procrastination Cycle

Unless you break the cycle, you will keep reinforcing it!

To break the cycle, you need to change the sequence of events. Here is my suggestion on how you can effectively break the vicious cycle you are in!

1. Feeling Eager and Energized

This is when you commit to taking a new action or getting something done. You are feeling confident and optimistic that, this time round, you will do it! The first stage is always the same.

2. Plan

Thinking alone will not help; you need to plan your actions. I always put my deadlines one or two days in advance because you know Murphy’s Law! Take into consideration everything that you need to do, how long it will take you, and what you will need to get it done, then plan the individual steps.

3. Resistance

Just because you planned doesn’t mean that this time is guaranteed to be different. You will most likely still feel the resistance so expect this. This stage is key to identifying why you are procrastinating, so when you feel the resistance, try to identify it immediately.

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What is causing you to hesitate in this moment? What do you feel?  Write them down if it helps.

4. Confront Those Feelings

Once you have identified what could possibly be holding you back, for example, fear of failure, lack of motivation, etc. You need to work on lessening the resistance.

Ask yourself, “What do I need to do to move forward? What would make it easier?” If you find that you fear something, overcoming that fear is not something that will happen overnight — keep this in mind.

5. Put Results Before Comfort

You need to keep moving forward and put results before comfort. Take action, even if it is only for 10 minutes. The key is to break the cycle and not reinforce it. You have more control that you think.

6. Repeat

Repeat steps 3-5 until you achieve what you first set out to do.

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Final Thoughts

Change doesn’t happen overnight, and if you have some deeper underlying reasons why you procrastinate, it may take longer to finally break the cycle.

If procrastination is holding you back in life, it is better to deal with it now than to deal with the negative consequences later on. It is not a question of comfort anymore; it is a question of results. What is more important to you?

Learn more about how to stop procrastinating here: What Is Procrastination and How to Stop It (The Complete Guide)

Featured photo credit: Luke Chesser via unsplash.com

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