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These Gamification Productivity Apps Will Boost Your Success

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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.

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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 October 21, 2021

How to Create Your Own Ritual to Conquer Time Wasters and Laziness

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How to Create Your Own Ritual to Conquer 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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