This lovely photo is brought to you by my reaching inbox zero on the Mailbox app. (The rest of this post is about my productivity apps.) Mailbox is an app for iOS and Android that uses swipes to do any number of things, but the things I use it most for are to turn my inbox into a functional to-do list. If you send me an email to do something on Friday but I can't do anything about it until Friday, I'll swipe and send it to the "For later" box, scheduling it for Friday morning, or a specific time, depending on the task. This means what's left in my inbox is stuff I need to do today, but if I want, I can go back to the "For later" box and see what's coming up. Mailbox rewards you with pretty Instagram pictures when you succeed in swiping to inbox zero.

I also mentioned HabitRPG to twizzler the other day. HabitRPG is a webapp with semifunctional (but improving!) mobile apps that allow you to gamify your life - you have an avatar that you can customize, and you enter habits, dailies (daily to-dos, or multiple times per week to-dos), and one-time to-dos. You get experience points, gold and sometimes drops for doing your dailies, positive habits, and to-dos. You lose health points for not doing dailies and doing negative habits. You can use gold to buy armor and weapons that can make your avatar pretty but also increase your chances of making it to the next level. There's other stuff too, including parties, guilds, challenges, and quests. HabitRPG is free but has a $5/month subscription which I do pay for because it supports the developers and I use the app almost every day. (If you go on vacation, you can pause the game by resting in the inn.)

The last productivity app that I use is Toggl. I used to use RescueTime but it only tracks time on your computer if you have an iPhone, and it's passive, which really didn't motivate me. Toggl is basically an elaborate timer that embarrasses me into doing work, and also has the added feature of telling me what the hell I did all day, because you have to manually start the timer. (Or you can add entries after the fact, but this defeats the point of using it to embarrass myself, so I only use that option if I forget.)

Last week, Lifehacker featured Timeful. I am considering it, but I'm not sure that level of automation would be good for me.