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The 10 Best Productivity Apps that use Gamification in 2019

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10. Todoist Karma – gamified productivity app that uses Karma as a measure of progress

How it works :

  1. A simple, easy to use task manager that utilizes a point system to rank a player and get them motivated to complete objectives.
  2. When tasks are completed, the player gets Karma.
  3. When tasks are postponed for later, the player loses Karma.

Why it works :

  • Todoist Karma does a great job at showing a player their progress over time.
  • They have great charts and analytics that show a detailed view of how productive a player is.

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9. Smarty Pig Personal Finance App

How it works : Smarty Pig is a personal finance app that helps you achieve your purchasing goals.

  • Let’s say you want to buy a new refrigerator. Well, with Smarty Pig, you set the refrigerator as a savings goal and then automatically deposit money from your bank account to your Refrigerator account.
  • You’ll slowly fill your progress bar (savings account) until you’re 100% complete and you can buy that refrigerator guilt free.

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8. Fitocracy

How it works : Many people want to work out, but they have to battle against sleeping in, eating chips, watching Netflix on the couch, or late nights at the office.

  • It can be incredibly difficult to get motivated and head to the gym. Fitocracy aims to drive people to live a healthier life by gamifying fitness and nutrition.
  • They turn working out into an RPG (role playing game), where you earn experience and level up the more you work out and eat healthy.

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7. Bounty Tasker

How it works : Bounty Tasker takes the concept of a real life RPG to the next level.

  • At its core, Bounty Tasker is a to-do list, but what really sets it apart is its Gamification elements.
  • As a player, you get to choose and customize your character and assign yourself tasks that give you experience upon completion.
  • As you gain in experience, you level up and earn items to outfit your character.

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6. Challenge Timer

How it works : Challenge Timer uses the Pomodoro method to break large projects into smaller, more manageable tasks.

  • Unlike most Pomodoro timers, Challenge Timer lacks a pause button, forcing you to finish your task during the given time period.

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5. Beeminder

How it works : At it’s core, Beeminder is quite straightforward:

  1. Set a goal
  • Yes: great, keep it up!
  • No: we take your money

What!?!?!… yup, that’s right, if you don’t hit the daily or weekly goals that you set with Beeminder, then they take $5 from your credit card (it’s their business model).

Sound extreme? Maybe, but it’s quite effective for people that only get motivated when they’re about to lose something.

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4. Epic Win

How it works : Epic Win takes the concept of a real life RPG and makes it super fun with great artwork, fun animations, and a system that truly feels like a game you would pay for on the app store.

The character designs are imaginative, fun, and quite customizable for a productivity app.

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3. SuperBetter

How it works : SuperBetter was designed by Jane McGonigal to help players live a healthier and fulfilling life.

  • To accomplish this goal, SuperBetter is a game where players design their “epic win” and go on quests to accomplish objectives.
  • Players design their quests, team up with allies, identify “bad guys” or actions that are counterproductive, and create power ups throughout their journey in real life.

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2. Forest App

How it works : When it’s time to focus, open the Forest app and plant a seed, signifying that it’s time to focus.

  • If you stay focused on your task, then the seed will grow into a might tree!
  • However, if you leave the app to check on something like Facebook, then your little seedling will whither away.
  • Users can spend virtual coins they earn to plant real trees in real life! How amazing is that–be productive and save the planet!
  • The more you play the game and be productive, the more trees you’ll plant and the bigger your forest.
  • You’ll want to keep playing because you feel ownership of your forest and you want it to keep growing.

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1. Habitica

How it works : Similar to other real life RPGs listed above, Habitica aims to gamify your life.

  • Habitica has earned the #1 spot on our list because it boasts over 2,000,000 users and is a completely open source project.
  • In Habitica, players create their character, create their Guilds where they team up with other players, and take on quests and defeat monsters to accomplish their objectives.

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