To-do lists are the bane of many people’s existence but also a necessary evil if you want to maximize your productivity. Just because it’s necessary doesn’t mean it has to be boring—there are plenty of apps that turn getting stuff done into a game, and we’ve rounded up the best of them.
How often do you find yourself with a list of things that need doing and no motivation to get them done? We’ve all been there, even when we know it’s really important to complete a task. The thinking behind these apps is that if you make getting stuff done fun, you’ll actually do it. They won’t physically drag you to the task at hand, but like achievements in games, they’ll make you feel a little better about how you spend your time. Here’s 5 of the best apps for injecting a little gaming into your to-do list.
Habitica (Android/iOS, Free)
Habitica turns your life into an RPG, which makes a lot of sense when you think about it. Every time you have a birthday, you level up. Every time you learn something new, your knowledge stat increases, and so forth. So why not go all in and turn life into an RPG? Habitica does exactly that through a series of charming RPG style screens. Available on iOS, Android, as well as through the website, it’s easy to dive into.
All you do is enter your habits, daily goals, and your to-do list, and Habitica does all the calculations in the background. Pretty much everything goes towards unlocking something cool like the ability to acquire pets or new skills. As you tick things off the never-ending to-do list, you gain experience, but you also earn items and gold.
With the currency, you can unlock in-game rewards like equipment or real life rewards. These are simple but satisfying rewards, like being told to watch an episode of your favorite TV show. OK, so it’s a glorified reward chart but it works really well. It gives you a stronger sense of satisfaction than simply crossing something off your list. Further motivation comes from being able to compete with your friends and seeing who’s levelling up fastest. It’s a lot of fun and fun definitely makes you more likely to complete your chores.
If you’re not sure where to start, we strongly recommend starting with Habitica—it’s been around for years, is very polished, and it still under active development.
EpicWin (Android/iOS, $1.99)
EpicWin approaches to-do lists in a similar fashion to Habitica, but with more of a moody kind of aesthetic. Over all the user experience is pretty streamlined…
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