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I've read that the most strongly habit forming behaviors are those that dispense random rewards in exchange for repeated action. This behavioral psychology finding is the primary reason why people compulsively check facebook, email, news websites and other distractions even though updates are sporadic, and the content itself is often uninteresting. ...


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This is nearly impossible, and what you need to do is remove all distractions and start reading. Practical: If you need a computer unplug the cable or turn off the wifi - don't allow yourself to procrastinate outside your scheduled procrastination time Every 60 minutes take a 15 minute break - procrastinate - it's useless to push your brain too hard ...


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There is a class tasks that are fundamentally about being better than other people, and in this case, focusing on beating others makes at least some sense. These activities are almost always solo activities - examples that come to mind are solo sports, applying for a job, finding a spouse, winning a contract if you're self employed etc. If your task falls ...


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As suggested, I am putting this down as an answer: This site/game is specifically geared towards rewarding exercising rather than tasks in general. So its scope is more narrow than what is being asked, but it is still relevant. It is called Fitocracy. Fitocracy is currently in Beta and invite only, but invites are pretty easy to come by if you are looking. ...


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There is Pomodorium - a Pomodoro technique based RPG-game. Here is some explanation: Pomodorium is an attempted gamification of the Pomodoro technique. The idea of Pomodorium is to use rules of role-playing game in the Pomodoro technique. It's a Pomodoro technique timer with a game. For every completed pomodori you get 'gold' and there is game ...


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You can look at EpicWin Turns your to-do list into a role playing game. It's an app for iPhones that you can use to gain skill ups, xp, loot etc etc.


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Aragorn has suggested an iPhone app (EpicWin), and I would add Task XP and RLRPG for Android Market. The basic concept is the same for all three: You imput your tasks, and upon completion you get rewards (xp, loots, achievements, skill ups, etc.). Of course, you could fake what you do, but if you cheat you're only cheating yourself.


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Um... I made my todo list a game... I have script that interogates my list (strictly my inbox) every half hour to generate a chart - the game I've been playing for some time now is to ground as many of the lines as possible... you can view the current state of the game at http://www.cs.rhul.ac.uk/home/joseph/productivityFiles/inbox7day.jpeg (with a little ...


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Alas, it is not impossible! Check out Spreeder. This web app speeds up the process of reading by placing the words in the exact same location so your eyes never have to move. I tried this yesterday and I was able to blaze through nonfiction material. It lets you set the words-per-minute that you can read. I started out at 220wpm and I am up to about ...


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Here is something that came to my mind, the programmer competency matrix: http://www.indiangeek.net/wp-content/uploads/Programmer%20competency%20matrix.htm You could create a competency matrix for any type of position: a speaker, manager, etc. The way you would do that is by looking at desired skills/qualities in that field and set those as rows. As for ...


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You can maintain a tree and level up using Mindbloom(although I myself haven't gotten around to trying it yet).



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