As gamers it’s important to be as productive as you can with the time you have. Not everybody can game for 8 hours a day or long into the night. Sometimes you might only have 30 minutes or less to do some gaming on any given day.
Because we all love gaming, we want to be able to do as much of it as possible.
Being productive with your time can seem tricky, especially when you have to balance work, family and other responsibilities.
The key is to find what works for you. Having a bit of motivation and organisation will work wonders.
Anyway enough of all the motivation, I decided to put together this post to share with you some of the apps I use on a daily basis that relate to my productivity and gaming habits.
I hope you find this article useful and if you can think of any others that I’ve missed be sure to let me know!
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1 PlayStation App
This is the official PlayStation app that links to your PlayStation account.
From this app you can buy games from the PlayStation Store, view your trophies, and interact with your PlayStation friends.
One of my main uses for this app is checking out my trophies list.
It’s pretty satisfying to see this list increase as I continue to play more and more great games.
This will give me a birds eye view of the trophies I have earned and have yet to earn for any given game.
Once I’ve finished the game and am going for the platinum, this is an easy way for me to track my progress with the remaining trophies.
Of course I do use PSN Profiles for trophy management as well but that is more for when I need help with a difficult trophy or something like that.
Another excellent use for this app is to check out the PlayStation Store. This way you can keep up to date with the latest sales.
By adding games to your wish list you can keep an eye on their price and buy them once they are on sale.
Full disclosure here, I don’t own an Xbox One so I’m not sure what the equivalent app is for that console but I’m guessing one surely exists.
You can download the PlayStation App from the PlayStation website by clicking this link.
2 Google Sheets
My productivity life right now lives in the Google Suite of products quite honestly. This is one of the few examples of productivity apps I use for both work and outside of work.
I initially started using this for work and found it to be very handy. Which is why I started migrating my Gamercreatrix content onto Drive and haven’t looked back since.
Being able to access my files from any computer or device is super handy for keeping on top of things.
In particular though, I have found Google Sheets to be extremely powerful in terms of increasing my productivity by speeding up my workflow.
The biggest use I get out of this app is for managing lists of items. For example, as you may have seen on the blog, I track my gaming collection using Google Sheets.
I also track other lists on various sheets, such as the content for this very blog.
Using Google Sheets as a content tracker allows me to see an overview of the content super quickly.
This helps me to plan future topics to talk about for instance which makes life a lot easier.
You can learn more about Google Sheets by clicking this link.
3 Timer app
I don’t use a particular app for this other than the stock timer app that came with my phone.
Though now that I think of it, there are likely a ton out there so I must look into that.
Being able to set timers for gaming sessions, planning blog posts, creating Instagram photos or whatever is very helpful for me.
By setting a time limit for various tasks, I’m motivated to get that task done in the allocated time.
In terms of gaming sessions, I do during the week set my self a block of time each day for gaming so I can be sure to squeeze it in along with everything else in my day.
Of course I don’t always set a timer for things but I find that when I do, I tend to get more done.
Especially if its a task I don’t really want to to, I know if I set a timer for 15 minutes or something short I’m more encouraged to start it because its only 15 minutes.
This was the process I followed recently when trying to beat my backlog.
I set aside 1 hour per game so I could work through a lot of games and see if I enjoyed them or not.
This allowed me to get a taste for each game and then decide to continue playing them or just maybe put them in the bin.
Status update here, I’ve started using Clockify to manage my time and that’s been super useful. If you’re interested I might make a separate post on how it works, but for right now if you want to know more about it click this link to the Clockify website.
I first discovered IFTTT, the automation powerhouse tool, a few years ago. We were looking into the idea of automating certain things around our home.
Of course that didn’t really pan out, but from that research I discovered the power of IFTTT for my own stuff rather than home automation.
A good use I have for IFTTT is automating certain social media tasks. For instance, when I post to Instagram, it pulls that post and adds it to my Pinterest page and so on.
I also use it to back up my Instagram posts to a Google Drive folder so they’re stored away safely.
IFTTT can also be used to send certain news articles to you in an email or similar so you don’t miss out on breaking gaming news.
The list is pretty much endless with the amount of tasks you can automate with this tool.
Of all the productivity apps on this list, I spend the most time researching the best ways to use IFTTT to maximize my productivity. With that said, I would highly recommend checking it out and even experimenting with creating your own applets for automating tasks.
To learn more about IFTTT and to try it out for yourself, click this link to the IFTTT website.
I have only recently started making use of Trello for working through my gaming backlog. It has fast become one of my favorite productivity apps that I use on a daily basis.
Trello is a free to use application that allows you to track all of your tasks and activities in a visual way.
I wrote a pretty comprehensive post about how I use Trello to manage my gaming backlog which is well worth the read to get you up to speed.
Being able to manage the games I’m currently playing and determining what games to play next are all decisions made so much easier through using Trello to manage things.
I feel such satisfaction moving games from one list to the next until completion that it motivates me to continue.
I also use Trello for managing some of the aspects of the Gamercreatrix blog.
If new ideas for posts come to me during the day, I note them down.
Or, if I notice something needs to be tweaked on the website, I’ll make a card for it and so on.
You can really use this free tool however you want. If you want to learn more about Trello, click this link to the Trello website.
Discord is essentially a free chat app that is aimed at gamers.
You can set up or join different groups depending on your preference.
Within groups you can chat via text or voice and interact during gaming sessions, share tips and tricks or just have fun and friendly conversations.
From there you can coordinate gaming sessions with friends. You’ll be able to type or speak to them simply from your phone or computer.
I am a member of a few groups, namely one for Pokemon Go in my local area.
However I don’t think I’m using Discord to its fullest potential.
I’m hoping to be a lot more active on Discord over the coming months as I learn about what it has to offer.
If you want to try out Discord for yourself, click this link to the Discord website.
7 Special Mention: Habitica
This is something that I came across when putting together this article that looked super interesting and appealing for gamers.
Habitica is described on it’s website as a way to gamify your life.
Essentially, it does this by tracking your habits and allowing you to earn rewards based on your progress.
I’m honestly not sure if this is aimed at a younger audience than me. Personally this sounds totally amazing and it’s something I’ll be trying out in the near future.
I hope you found this article useful. Hopefully you gained some insight into the productivity apps that I use as a gamer.
If there are any gaming productivity apps you would recommend please do let me know. I’m always eager to try out new apps and tools so I would love to hear from you.
If you enjoyed this post, I highly recommend taking a look at: How to Easily Manage your gaming backlog using Trello
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