Games That Can Boost Productivity

To be productive is to be able to do things that can benefit you in the long run. These may include technical skills, emotional intelligence, decision-making, and problem-solving skills, or just a current task that needs to be done. 

Being productive while still enjoying the whole process is something that most people wanted to achieve. It is like the perfect, ideal scenario that some people can only dream about. For others, being productive seems to be second nature, and they are enjoying the process. But for some, especially procrastinators, being productive is more of a daydream than an actual goal. These people are more inclined to play video games and spend their time unproductively doing nothing. 

Why is this? Well, maybe because people do not find joy and excitement while working on being productive. Fortunately, in this article, we will address productivity while offering various ways to become even more productive while still having fun. Here are some games that could help a person boost his/her productivity.

1. Todoist Karma

If you are looking for an app that could provide you with a kick start on how to be organized and disciplined in accomplishing various tasks, Karma by Todoist is perfect for you.

How it works: Karma provides its users with an interface that tracks down their productivity levels. The app displays the user’s task management progress and accomplishments through simple, easy-to-read statistics. Completing these tasks earns the user ‘karma’ points which you can use to ascend and progress to certain levels in the game.

There are eight levels of Karma that users can unlock when they progress and earn points. Each user starts at the Beginner level, then climbs up to Novice, Intermediate, Professional, Expert, Master, Grandmaster, and lastly, the Enlightened. Karma is a fun way to learn task management and decision-making skills. What’s good about this game is that it basically lets you set the number of daily and weekly tasks you’d like to complete, and it’s entirely up to you whether to meet them or not. Cheating, hence, is possible here but note that when you do, you are just basically fooling yourself instead. 

2. SuperBetter

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SuperBetter, created by game designer Jane McGonigal, SuperBetter is another application that specifically targets the player’s resilience, mental health, and socio-emotional skills. SuperBetter’s developer believes that resilience, sense of achievement, and habit of success are psychological strengths that are key to tackling real-life challenges and battling/coping with severe “co-occurring epidemics of mental illness, addiction, and suicide.” Anyone can be strong, and anyone can be heroic.

The game follows the hero narrative and builds positive behaviors that boost the person’s physical, mental, emotional, and social health. It is also developed to be more engaging, not addicting. For instance, there is a limit as to how much a player can achieve in a day that discourages instant gratification overload. Players can customize their game experience. It also allows interaction with friends who serve as the main player’s support and motivators, allowing no mechanism for player-versus-player competition that can inspire disappointment and discouragement.

3. EpicWin

Getting things done becomes more fun when you get something out of it, right? Following the concept of positive reinforcement, EpicWin takes its player on an adventure quest while boosting his motivation to accomplish tasks using a reward system.

EpicWin is an iPhone app that takes task management to another level. This game is a to-do list type that helps the player keep track of his or her progress in the daily tasks and awards points in the form of XP, which is used to improve and develop one’s Avatar in an ongoing quest. In this game, XP acts as a catalyst to improve stats, gain loots, and level up. Sure enough, EpicWin is a clever way to manage tedious, everyday chores like washing the dishes and doing laundry. It is also said to aid kids with symptoms of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD).

4. Zombies, Run!

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Released in 2012, Zombies, Run! was an instant hit on Apple’s App Store — becoming the highest-grossing Health & Fitness app within just two weeks after its release. Zombies, Run! is an exergame (a video game that is also a form of exercise) that does not only let you walk, run, and jog – it also allows you to be humanity’s last hope in a world; dominated by zombies!

This game allows you to play the character “Runner 5,” who has to accomplish a series of missions by running, walking, and jogging while listening to audio narrations that unveil the game’s storyline. While running, the player automatically obtains loots and supplies such as medicine, food, and other survival resources that can be used in the survivors’ camp. The game records and tracks the distance, time, pace, and even the calories burned after doing each mission using the phone’s GPS or accelerometer. What a great way to establish a healthy lifestyle while virtually saving the world!

5. Habitica

Building good habits is as good as getting rid of bad ones. Fortunately, more and more developers come up with apps that assist us in meeting that goal. Habitica is a free-to-play game that gamifies your life and boosts your productivity through the good-habit formation.

When you complete tasks and tick off a to-do list, the game grants you in-game rewards you can use to level up your Avatar and unlock other in-game stuff, including battle suits and tamable pets, magical skills, and in-game quests.

Whether you wanted to start a healthy lifestyle, keep up with your school work, or work on a creative project, this app might be the right tool for you. With Habitica’s user-friendly interface, you can easily keep track and manage your habits, daily goals, and to-do-list using only a few taps on your mobile device.