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Rack Up the Points
For inherently dreary things (calorie-counting, closet-clearing, tax prep) try a techie strategy: "Gameify" it. Using apps on your smartphone or other gadgets, you can earn reward-redeemable "points"—for tedious activities like rep-counting (Nexercise) or housecleaning (Chore Wars). Even ticking off to-do-list items can be fun when you beat your own time—or make it into a contest (Focus Booster).