Apps That Turn Your Chores Into a Game
Video games are well known for how well they hook the player into persisting to reach goals and to level up. Sometimes people feel more motivated to level up in their game than in their “real life.” This phenomenon led developers to explore gamification of daily life.
Apps that merge gameplay with daily activities may motivate you to workout, clean house or complete tasks on your to-do list. The best-known examples are popular fitness game apps like Zombies, Run! and Pokemon Go. They motivate players to get up and move as they have fun.
Have Fun With Your To-Do List Productivity Games
Many approach their to-do list as a game. I am one of those people; I find it motivating to mark a task complete on my Reminders app. Some apps take the game a little further…
Habitica is what happens when a role-playing game combines with your to-do list. The web, iPhone and Android app are designed to approximate an old-school RPG. You win “coins” that you can trade for virtual rewards in the game or “real-world” rewards that you arrange. For example, you can trade a designated number of coins for a bubble bath or other treats you set up.
“Habitica is a free habit building and productivity app that treats your real life like a game. With in-game rewards and punishments to motivate you and a strong social network to inspire you, Habitica can help you achieve your goals to become healthy, hard-working, and happy.” – source Habitica website
Epic Win combines your to-do list with an RPG. Their motto is “level-up your life!” The idea is simple; you build up your avatar’s character, appearance, and skills as you complete items on your to-do list. As you progress, you unlock new “loot.”
Chore Wars is another role playing game, web app productivity app. It adds an element of competition as you compete against others in your home, class, or office to battle the chores. Parents sometimes use Chore Wars to motivate children to help with household chores and to manage their rewards system.
Use a Productivity Game to Harness Your Emotions
SuperBetter aims to help players develop new habits, deal with emotions, and live a better life. The app’s claims are backed up by research from institutions like the University of Pennsylvania and Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center.
SuperBetter is available through the Apple App Store and Google Play.
“SuperBetter increases resilience – the ability to stay strong, motivated and optimistic even in the face of difficult obstacles.” – source SuperBetter website.
See Jane McDomnigal’s TED Talk for more information about how SuperBetter helps users live happier and healthier lives.
What do you think? Can a game enhance your productivity? Have you tried any of these games?