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Carrot Despises the Lazy and Tolerates the Productive

Carrot Despises the Lazy and Tolerates the Productive

There are a lot of productivity apps out there but they are generally pretty vanilla. They may have bright colours and encouraging messages to cheer you on and praise you every time you cross a task off of your to-do list and, to be fair, many of them are effective and succeed at what they set out to do. But at the same time, they don’t really have much personality. You may not think this is important and I certainly didn’t, not until a new app popped up that had a very unique and slightly abusive personality. Now I have seen it, I never want any other app to tell me what to do again. If you need to be more productive and think a personal attack will motivate you a bit, you need to put Carrot on your iPhone.

Carrot is a productivity app with an attitude and a sense of humour, although it is usually at your expense. If you need something done and you’re letting yourself be too lazy about it, Carrot will give you a kick for just $0.99. Carrot has two personalities, depending on whether you please it or not, but either way it is a lot of fun to use. If you do your chores then Carrot will praise you, although it may be in a rather backhanded way, but if you let Carrot down, which is very easy to do, you will be insulted relentlessly for your insolence. While the whole point is to get things done, sometimes it is more fun to make Carrot angry.

Essentially Carrot is a very basic to-do list with no fancy features. All you do is add a task and swipe it away once it is complete. No customisation, just tasks and completion, but that is all it needs and the real reason to download it is because an abusive relationship with an app is surprisingly fun. It helps that it takes the form of a game in that it awards you points for completing a task. Carrot rewards you for productivity and punishes you for laziness and it has a very low threshold. Sometimes it will remind you that you haven’t been useful for a while, whether you have any specific tasks to do or not. Even the praise seems a bit sour and you get the impression that Carrot is waiting for you to fail so it has an excuse to abuse you.

If you prefer angry Carrot you can in fact provoke it by poking the blue eye depicted by the app. You can also communicate to an extent and if you tell Carrot you are bored, it will find something for you to do, whether you have the means to do it or not. As a productivity app, Carrot does not offer much more than the basic function of listing your tasks but if you want to have a bit of fun while you are taking care of your chores, no other productivity comes close. If you just want the basic features and a good laugh Carrot is perfect, although it will constantly remind you that you are not.

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