Gamify Your Writing

Gamify Your Writing

If you are a blogger or other content creator, I suggest you gamify your production--especially at the beginning of your venture. It works much better. What do I mean by this?

When I first started this website, I gamified the early stages by gamifying writing content. I pledged to donate $1000 to the charity of my digital mentor's choice if I didn't produce a new piece of content for at least 90 days. If you think about it, that $1000 guillotine was really just a game we constructed, with rules and consequences. It worked. I hustled like a dog for 90 days (actually 121), and both and were born.

More broadly, turning most things into a game will help you stay motivated and accountable. When you look at something as a game, you gain a certain detachment and objectivity. This leads to much greater productivity because you agonize less about perfection. Think about it this way. When you play a game like tennis, do you obsess about whether each specific shot is totally, utterly perfect? No. You keep perspective and recognize that each move is simply part of the game--and that no single move should become an obsession.

Here are the other games I have going right now. I've made my bed every day for 130 days straight (tracking this with I've also done at least ten minutes of yoga for 28 days in a row (shooting for 90, again tracking with

When A Kindly Mom Duped Her Beloved Child With Gamification

When I was a kid in elementary school, my mom entered me into a competition at our local library where children would strive to see how many books they could read over the summer. I didn't take it too terribly seriously, but I did enjoy seeing the number of books I read shoot up, up, up. A few years ago, my mom told me she focused on getting me short books that summer--so that I would rack up big numbers and be encouraged. It worked. To this day, I have a preternatural love for libraries. I even often visit the public library in cities I'm visiting as a tourist if it looks cool, just to check it out. I know, I know, kind of nerdy.

Gamify, Get Started, and Have Some Fun

So instead of agonizing about whatever it is you want to accomplish, turn it into a game and get going. It's fun. Kind of like you are playing a game or something….

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