Gamifying life routines to keep them interesting
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salemandreus Jul 10, 2021
How can we gamify routines in our lives in easy-to-implement ways, to make the mundane and repetitive tasks more interesting?
I'll ask the tough not-fun question so that it may be fun for others
Michelle Christine Jul 11, 2021
I love the idea of gamification. I like challenges, I like competition, but not to the extent of basic survival which is the way our society has been set up. For reasons I can't personally understand, there are people who believe the least naturally competent shouldn't have the right to a good life.
What used to be fun for me (work out a lot, score the most points in games) is now stressful. When my company sponsors "challenges" for employees to the very things I actually enjoy doing (like taking a lot of steps), I opt out, and what used to be enjoyment has now turned to a mentality of when and how will they use all of this data they collect against me instead of for me? Same goes for any app. How do we create a system that ensures gamification (an idea I like) is used only for good and not an individual risk? It's not nearly as "fun" of a question as how can we advance gamification, but just can't be ignored.
Darko Savic Jul 10, 2021
As a kid, I used to challenge myself for speed, accuracy, efficiency, technique to spice up the repetitive, mundane tasks. Examples:
- While riding an elevator, to which floor can I hold my breath?
- Can I traverse the final floor of stairs before the elevator door self-closes? When it got easy, I upped the game by not breathing the entire ride plus the stair run. When that was easy, could I also unlock the door that was located at the end of the hallway? Could I close and lock the door all before the elevator door self-closes? If anyone saw this, it pretty much looked like parkour.
- Brushing teeth with the non-dominant hand
I realize now that it might have been OCD :) When I got home, the neighbors probably thought "Is that a storm outside? An earthquake? Oh, it's just the staircase sprinting maniac kid again."
There's always something that can make mundane things more challenging. Often this can result in personal improvement, even a small one.
Personal challenges are also helpful when doing things that scare you.
Apps like Pokemon Go and Zombies, Run! for running/walking
salemandreus Jul 10, 2021
My friend and I spent a lot of time playing Pokemon Go, a game where you catch pokemon and equipment while out walking in the real world. It was a seriously addicting way to go walking outside. One weekend we ended up walking 19 kms over 2 days without even realising it, simply by meandering all over (and every 5 kms a pokemon egg in your collection hatched which was an incentive to walk just a little bit further!). We also had the bonus of discovering really engaging hidden-in-plain-sight artworks (as they were pokestops) all over our city, which we would ordinarily never have stopped to notice, as well as discovering new interesting places to eat out - under overlapping pokestops where people would drop lures to attract pokemon :D). There is also the game Zombies, run! which turns your running routine into a narrated adventure story where you have to outrun zombies on your missions to collect supplies and you can hear them catching up to you if you aren't running fast enough! I've tended to struggle with motivating myself to do the type of exercise which is traditionally not very mentally stimulating, like running, and gamification makes a huge difference in motivating me to go outside - also it's a sneaky way of using the existing tech, games or media we grow addicted to to make us actually go play outside! :D Also they have less competition right now, with countries mostly still getting the pandemic under control and unable to open social spaces like many sporting and gym facilities fully.
Real-world memory exercises
Spook Louw Jul 12, 2021
Perhaps we could even look at some of the information we are exposed to on a daily basis, especially news providers or blogs, and construct tests based on the information found on the pages for you to complete later.
An app could even be designed to monitor the sites we visit and generate tests from the content that we have read. This obviously opens the app up to some privacy concerns, but the basic idea would simply be to help you practise mindful reading and retention of information instead of mindless scrolling.
In this way, instead of attempting to get us to stop using our technological devices so much, which would be a really difficult undertaking, we might at least benefit from our daily online activities more.
There are obviously many other memory exercises that we could do without the help of an app. For instance, if we have the time, we could try to remember all the streets we pass from one point to another, not only will this improve your memory but it would also get you to know certain areas better.
App suggesting ways to break out of the routine
salemandreus Jul 10, 2021
Povilas S has an idea thread here for an app which finds ways to for the user break out of repetitive routines/prevent people getting stuck in that rut in the first place.