I am a big fan of to-do lists. They make things easier to keep track of, and there’s the sense of completion you get from crossing an item off. Some of the first apps I downloaded for my phone were to-do lists. Yes, I have more than one 🙂
The one that has taken over the rest, however, is Epic Win (cost $2.99). I think this was the first app I ever wanted to buy before it had even been released. It applies gamification to your every day tasks, giving you XP, coins, and loot as you work through things you need to get done. You start by picking an avatar, and then adding your quest (task). When you enter the task, you also give it a related stat: Strength, Stamina, Intellect, Social, and Spirit. As you complete tasks, your avatars stats go up. You also assign an amount of XP: 50, 100, 150, 200, 250, or 300. The XP will level up your avatar, but also progresses it on the loot path. Loot consists of comedic items. The gold was added after the initial release, and doesn’t have a use yet (at least not that I’ve seen), but that just means I’ll have a stockpile when it does.
They had added a number of features since the release. My favourite is the ability to connect to your Google Calendar. It was a little flaky when it first rolled out, but seems to have been fixed. Events added to your calendar can automatically create a related quest in Epic Win, and an Epic Win task can be added to your calendar. (You still have to go into the calendar to set the time.)
I find the performance a little choppy, but I can’t tell if that’s the app or running the app on an older phone (I have a 3G). Other than that, it adds an extra level of fun an satisfaction to completing the things you need to do anyway.