Looking to increase productivity in your life? Most people would immediately download an app like Evernote to get themselves sorted, but the problem with the traditional productivity apps are that they mostly work with self-motivated individuals. Others will use the app for a while, only getting bored of it later on because they get lazy and lack encouragement. Those that need that extra incentive to get organized would benefit from a game-like app that rewarded them with points and pushed them to proceed to the next level.
A productivity increasing game sounds somewhat like an oxymoron, but for years, the gaming market has attempted to combine the concept of efficiency with entertainment. Developers constantly look for innovative strategies to stay ahead of an ever-evolving industry. One of the most prevalent trends is the combination of themes, commonly results in ideas like arcade-inspired slots, RPG puzzle games, and other multi-genre products. Other designers have gone in another direction, creating games with a purpose. Most of these games target memory improvement, incite logical thinking, or are used for educational reasons, although there are several games out there in the market that also double as a productivity app, HabitRPG being one of them.
HabitRPG has received notable mention from a host of media outlets like Forbes, CNet, and Lifehacker for its ability to manage the following areas of life: work, health, teams, school, goals, and chores. The notion of “gamifying your life” is a new and fun way of advancing in life with the help of rewards. All your habits, daily tasks and to-dos manifest as bad guys that you need to defeat. And like any other RPG, you’ll have a strong social network that will support you while you battle the little monsters. If you fail at any tasks, you will be punished and your avatar will lose progress in the game.
One of the most notable features of HabitRPG is its recognition for different reinforcement styles. Not everyone can agree that they are motivated through positive or negative reinforcement, so the game includes elements of predictable and random reinforcement through expected prizes after conquering a task and random rewards at various stages.
If you’d like an entertaining yet effective way to discipline yourself, this app is free for both Android and iOS users.