Gaming Time Management: How to boost your productivity with game-based apps
It’s no surprise that Americans are obsessed with video games. In just one year, (2013-2014) the time spent gaming has increased by 13%, with the average American over the age of 13 spending over 6 hours per week paying games on all platforms. Candy Crush Saga is the king of the App Store, ranking as the most downloaded game to date. Fruit Ninja came in second followed by the original Angry Birds, Subway Surfers, Despicable
Me, Clash of Clans, Temple Run, Angry Birds Rio, and Temple Run 2. In the category of top ten app based games, only Words with Friends has educational value. Although books have been written about the benefits of video games (Everything Bad is Good for You and Why Video Games are Good for your Soul) it is difficult to argue that we reap desirable outcomes from playing Candy Crush for hours each day.
In recent years there has been a trend to put our fascination with games to good use. A number of apps and tools that gamify time management and productivity help users get things done while having fun. Here are three notable apps and tools that add a gaming component to everything from life planning to health.
- Habitica turns your to do list into a role-playing game where you earn experience points, gain levels, and stay alive by getting things done. You can also list habits you’d like to break or adopt and you’ll receive experience points for completing them. Rewards are built into the system in the form of leveling up, or you can set your own rewards. HabitRPG is free to use/play and available on all platforms.
- SuperBetter was designed by author and game developer Jane McGonigal, PhD to help its users achieve big goals like quitting smoking or getting in shape by breaking down goals into a journey with trials, quests, and rewards to drive motivation.
- If you want to win at the game of life, check out MindBloom. To play the game, you plant a tree that represents your life, with leaves that represent the different aspects that are important to you like health, career, relationships, finances, spirituality, etc. As you perform real-world actions, you get points, achievements, badges, and other in-game rewards for doing the things you’ve always wanted to do.
- Which, if any, apps do you use to support your productivity?
- How can we harness the power of gaming to boost productivity?