I really have fallen in love with the concept of gamification. Gamification is the concept of repurposing game elements to help people make better decisions or otherwise achieve better results. Gamification also goes a long way in boosting productivity especially when it is applied to work tasks that are boring, repetitive, tedious, and don’t require much mental engagement. Gamification is crucial because it helps people achieve results in settings which otherwise can feel like a hassle.
Now, you have to understand that gamification is crucial because there are many things in life that are a hassle, okay? There, I said it. There are many things that you’d rather not do. They’re inconvenient, they take up a lot of time – whatever the reason may be, you’d rather not do them.
And believe me, making certain decisions, like trying to weigh different product options, can be quite annoying. At the back of your head, you’re thinking that you have better uses of your time, but here you are, trying to nitpick and trying to find the very best product, but it seems like they’re all one and the same.
I get where you’re coming from. Believe me, this is very frustrating. But if you were to apply gamification elements to your decision-making processes, chances are, you would make higher quality decisions.
This is not a theory, mind you. I’m not just speculating here. This happens all the time. Because if you challenge yourself to reach different levels and grade yourself based on achievements that you reach revolving the quality of your decisions, you become a better problem solver. Your decisions make more and more sense.
Now, this isn’t second nature to most people. If that were the case, then we would be living in a perfect world. That, obviously, is not what’s going on. You have to work at it. And this requires a strategic type of thinking to identify specific parts of the decision that can tie into some sort of game element.
For example, if a decision has different parts and each part is identifiable and has its own block of time, you can use a leveling element. If, on the other hand, a decision can easily be viewed in terms of quality levels, you can use some sort of gold, silver or bronze star multi-tier award leveling gamification element. I hope you get my point.
Because, for example, if you are looking for the very best baby beach tent, you might end up chasing your tail. It might seem like you get so worked up about the concept of the “the best” that you really don’t get any closer to your ultimate choice. The better approach would be to use specific elements and then tie them into some sort of gamification framework so you can get to your desired results sooner rather than later.