There's nothing like a good reward for a job well done. Unfortunately in life, we rarely receive such accolades, especially when it comes to all the boring, day-to-day tasks that you hate doing but have to get done.
For the same reason, in a world full of distractions, it's increasingly important to find a way to perform our daily to-dos, without becoming bogged down or disheartened.
How? Make life a game. Gamification is so popular in apps these days - so why not in your real life? The following are some totally original apps that'll help you turn the most mundane chores in your life into tasks you'll want to level-up for!
QUEST is an original task management app that turns your daily routines into an adventure, transforming your life into a game in which you complete all of your daily tasks as if they were missions in a video game.
Swipe down to create a new task, and right when it's done. You can also customize your own avatar and check your achievements in just one click.
Habitica: Stay Motivated with a Gamified Task Manager
Habitica is another great way to make those everyday tasks a little more entertaining: progress in the game equals progress in real life.
How does it work? Choose a character to represent yourself, and start adding your tasks. Unlock new features and completing tasks, and of course, gain rewards for jobs done. Fail to complete tasks, and your little man will suffer for it. And you wouldn't want that to happen, would you?
Sport and exercise is one of those areas in life where most of us need an extra push, and that's where gamification comes into its own. Zombies, Run! is an effective and fun application that'll pep you up for that run you've been putting off.
In the app, you're one of few survivors of a zombie epidemic that has swept the rest of humanity. Only staying active will keep you safe!
Phubbing is one of the main culprits for our productivity droping off. It's difficult not to take the bait when push notifications are constantly tempting us to do so. Forest: Stay Focused has come up with an excellent app concept to keep us glued to our work.
Whenever you want to focus on a task, you plant a virtual tree. In the next 30 minutes, the tree will grow only if you don't tap the "Give up" button, which will kill the tree automatically. If you unlock your screen, Forest will show you messages such as "Stop phubbing" and "Don't look at me" to dissuade you from responding to your push notifications.