Here at The Methodology Blog we are big fans of productivity apps. But we can admit that sometimes they can be a little dull, making it hard to continue to use them. But what if there was an app that could actually turn your life into a game?
Since the creation of smartphones, new applications come out every day, insisting they can change your life. We have even noted some of the big ones that have definitely proven to increase workplace productivity. These apps are important to workplace success because they offer tools that help the individual stay focused, organized and on task. The best, like Evernote, provide seamless integration between the web and other applications, allowing the user to easily transition from one task or platform to the next.
These apps represent a universal improvement over clunky old paper organizers and planners. Too often, these actually made staying organized more difficult as it was a challenge to incorporate all the loose papers from meeting notes, contact information and random post-its containing ideas or “to-do” lists. Having all of this organizing capability contained within a smartphone app with different functions just the touch of a finger away is like moving from horse and buggy to jet airplane in one fell swoop.
Yet for some of us, actually checking in with them on a daily basis becomes a job in itself. You may even find yourself procrastinating about even using the program anymore. Habitica took a look at that problem and decided to release a game changer for the masses that will actually make you want to keep coming back for more.
Instead of keeping some boring log about how long tasks take to complete, Habitica has created a little world where you not only keep track of your time, but reap the rewards that come with doing so. But, of course, it’s not all fun and games. For instance, if a task completely slips your mind or you fail to complete it on time you will be penalized.
Habitica can set up game scenarios to track the most mundane of work tasks like filing and filling out inventory sheets. It can even turn sorting through your email in-box into a challenging game! It also helps teams track group tasks and goals as well, such as measuring KPIs.
This app isn’t limited to workplace tasks and goals, though. It allows the user to gamify any aspect of life. The health options offer points for healthy eating, avoiding bad habits like smoking, or taking the stairs instead of the elevator. The user can also program in personal goals like learning to play the piano or writing a post for your personal blog.
Habitica can even follow you home to make sure you got that load of laundry finished or made progress on the gardening project in the back yard. It even has school options that can help those who are pursuing continuing education options, or it can be used in tandem with your kids to help motivate them toward better school achievement.
Close to a year since its release, the positive reviews keep pouring in. So how does it work? It treats your life like a role playing game. You level up each time you successfully complete a task, lose HP (health points) when you fail, and earn money that you can spend on armor and weapons. Not only that, but you can join a guild, enter into parties with friends, and even get some cute pets. It’s available for both iOS and Android. And the best part? It’s totally free to use. So go check it out now and start your epic adventure today!