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Recently, I’ve come across an interesting idea that seems to have the potential to greatly boost one’s enjoyment of life, as well as their productivity: gamification.

Gamification is the process of combining game elements with scenarios outside of an actual game and it can be applied to almost anything, including your daily life.


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The Principles Of Gamification

The Principles Of Gamification

  • There must be a clear objective.
  • There must be a clear way of measuring success.
  • There must be rewards and a sense of progression.
  • There must be some variety and unpredictability.
  • There should be immediate feedback.
  • There has to be a plan for failure that remains compassionate to the player.
  • There must be clear rules and conditions.
  • It must be a game you want to play.


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How To Gamify Your Life

How To Gamify Your Life

  • Determine the objectives. What are you working towards? Why?
  • Determine a clear way of reaching success. What do you have to do to reach the objective? Can it be divided into several small steps?
  • Determine the victory conditions. How will you measure your success? How soon can you get this feedback?
  • Determine the rewards and milestones. What will I get when I succeed? What milestones are there?
  • Determine the rules and conditions of the game. What happens if I do X? Are there any exceptions?
  • Determine a plan for the event of failure. Are there any penalties or punishments? How will I continue?


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Tips And Optional Ideas

Tips And Optional Ideas

  • Make a “playbook” that details key players, current quests, bosses, countermoves, status conditions, and/or progression.
  • Experiment with reward systems. Is the loot predetermined or determined at random through a dice roll? Is it points that can be exchanged?
  • Try to make rewards connect in some way to the objective. E.g. a gym membership if you’re trying to work out.
  • Ensure the rewards don’t negate the goal. E.g. treating yourself to some cake when you’re trying to eat less sugar.
  • Keep the game simple and don’t over-design.
  • Set milestones, unlockables, achievements, points, and/or skill levels.


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Tips And Optional Ideas Pt. 2

Tips And Optional Ideas Pt. 2

  • Define clear boundaries. Your entire life doesn’t have to and shouldn’t be a game.
  • Set yourself up to win. You don’t get extra points for playing life in hardcore mode.
  • Include boosters that are limited to certain conditions or connected to a core activity.
  • Design mini-games, special modes, and time-based challenges for additional variety.
  • Create a dashboard of current progress, a character sheet of sorts, or game map.
  • Set aside “playtime” every day and make sure you’re playing the game you want to be playing.
  • Gamify certain metrics. E.g. have a water bar if you’re trying to drink more water, etc.


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“Action is the foundational key to all success.”



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A Final Note

Remember that gamifying life is supposed to help you better get things done. Make sure you don’t get so lost in designing that you never take action.

Have a great day, and I hope this inspired you to take the action to use your time.


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Hey there! I’m twenty years old and like to make summaries of self-improvement topics I find interesting. Best of luck leveling up your life, hopefully my efforts will help you out.


Some of my thoughts and ideas regarding gamification that may help others formulate their own systems.

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