Get the Most in Life and Work with Gamification
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It is when you to turn a task into a game to motivate yourself to finish it.
It motivates the "player" to chase after rewards as he gets points and achieve new levels with new challenges.
Use surprise rewards.
Engage in time-based challenges
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To enter flow, you need appropriated self-control, environmental conditions, skills, task and rewards. Besides that, you must know what you’re doing, be able to see whether or not you’re doing it well, and be pushing yourself outside of your comfort zone.
The last point is especially important, it's mastery combined with challenge that brings flow. Too much challenge and we get overcome with anxiety. Not enough, and our brain loses focus and looks for other stimuli.
"In the flow-like state, we exercise control over the contents of our consciousness rather than allowing ourselves to be passively determined by external forces."
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Try to reach out to the people who directly benefit from your work. This could boost your motivation to work hard.
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... to push your mind beyond its comfort zone. Flow happens when we get a bit out of our comfort zone. Too much, and you get anxious; Too little and you get bored.
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#1: Define your success and failure norms.
#2: Measure your progress with numbers.
#3: Assign rewards and punishments for every outcome.
Reminders give us mental space for more important work. They make sense because we can't remember everything.
They keep our most important priorities top of mind. And studies show how reminders can help us save more money, keep up with medical treatments, and be more charitable.
It is one of the most effective time management tools.
Time boxing is about fixing a time period to work on a task or group of tasks. Instead of working on a task until it’s don...
Time boxes are a great way to tackle those small but annoying tasks.
A good strategy for dealing with them is to fix a time period and tackle all of them at one sitting.
If you're procrastinating on a task, don't force yourself to finish it. Just put it in a time box.
Setting a time for it will help you overcome your resistance towards the task and chances are that when the time is up you’ll have built enough momentum to continue working on it much longer.
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