Productivity Tools

HabitRPG: gamify your productivity

“HabitRPG was designed as a self-improvement web application designed to help the player keep track of and remain motivated by overlaying game mechanics onto a player’s life goals. Renelle was inspired by the self-help books The Power of Habit and The Now Habit in designing the application.

The game is laid out in the form of an RPG, in which the player collects items such as gold and armor to become more powerful. Rewards are achieved through maintaining real-life goals, in the form of Habits, Dailies and To-Do’s.”

HabitRPG. (2015, March 19). In Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Retrieved from

focus@will: music to pay attention to.

“focus@will is a new neuroscience based music service that helps you focus, reduce distractions and retain information when working, studying, writing and reading. The technology is based on hard science and proven to be extremely effective at extending your attention span.

Here’s how it works:
Most people can only concentrate for a maximum of about 100 continuous minutes before needing to take a quick break to stretch, move about, maybe get a drink of water, and so on before they resume for another session.

The focus@will system makes it easier for you to get into the concentration flow, and then keeps you there. It works in the background by subtly soothing the part of your brain, the limbic system, that is always on the lookout for danger, food, sex or shiny things.

We’ve learned that people working or studying tend to take about 20 minutes to acclimate to their environment enough to really focus on the task at hand. It takes time for your brain to get used to a stimulus and start “tuning it out” in a process called “habituation”.

Each piece of music phase sequenced by focus@will has a specific role in influencing how your brain habituates, enhancing your focus and reducing distractions. Characteristics such as musical key, intensity, arrangement, speed, emotional values, recording style, and much more determine what is played where and when.”

Focus@will: How it works. (2015). Retrieved from

Checkvist: a handy-dandy little outliner for tasks and ideas.

With Checkvist you can create and share online outlines, project plans, online checklists, and task lists. Very keyboard friendly, with code, Markdown, and OPML …

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