Carrot: Bossy To-Do List App Makes Productivity a Game

image_1I don’t usually respond well to bullies but for some reason I’m really liking the Carrot app because of it’s pushy ways.  I downloaded the to-do list app after a friend told me about it and I’ve been using it for several days.

The idea is that this to-do list with a personality will help you to get all your tasks ticked off.  And when I say “personality” I mean “attitude.”  Carrot’s mood changes depending on how productive you are.  It’s pretty funny actually.  But as you finish a task you earn points and unlock new features and get rewards.

Here’s my list of pros and cons:

PROS:

  1. The fun game-type format makes you want to complete tasks to find out imagewhat Carrot has in store next.
  2. It’s very easy to use and intuitive.
  3. One of the gifts I was given was a cat named Captain Whiskers.  How cute! 

CONS:

  1. Not very forgiving if you make a mistake at first.  As you work your way through the levels you are able to edit, undo and change tasks.
  2. There aren’t any pictures of Captain Whiskers. I think they will probably improve on this in future versions to increase the fun factor.  
  3. I could see people getting tired of Carrot’s schtick and not using it after the novelty wears off.

I think this could be a fun way to get more done for a lot of people.  It’s definitely worth a try.  Let me know what you think of Carrot if you’re using it.  Also — I have no idea why it’s called Carrot.

 

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  1. Amber
    Amber says:

    i did try carrot a couple of days ago, i wasn’t to impressed with it. It doesn’t actually help you become more productive. Off late i’ve been using this app called Accomplist, it has definitely helped me boost my productivity. Just like you i love making lists , so what me and my friends have done , is we each create certain types of reusable lists , and then we e-mail them to each other and then the lists get added to our version of accomplist, Its a pretty useful feature. You should try out the app.

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    • List Producer
      List Producer says:

      Hi Amber — thanks so much for your comment. I think Carrot can be fun and has made me more productive because I want to see what other tricks it has up its sleeve! But I know what you are saying — it may not help everyone. I actually downloaded Accomplist a while ago but haven’t tried it out yet. Putting it on my list! Thanks 🙂

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  2. Mary
    Mary says:

    I’m not positive, but I would think that this app is called “Carrot” because there are two ways to get a horse to do something. Either use a stick (force them) or use a carrot (a small bribe). Makes sense to me.

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    • List Producer
      List Producer says:

      Hi Mary — I heard back from the creators of the app on Twitter and they said “silly human, I’m called CARROT because of the whole “carrot and stick” reward system!” So there you have it!

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