Lists, a game we play

img_0028To-do lists, yes this may seem a pretty dry subject but I couldn’t get through without them. My desk is littered with yellow post-it notes (see left) with various time-constrained lists, monthly, weekly, daily. In my private life I am not renowned for my organisational skills – understatement   – but in my work life I have to be. Without strict deadlines and objectives, nothing would ever get done.

A friend of mine recently introduced me to the concept of gamification which is the idea of turning everyday tasks into a more game-like activity. I suddenly realised that this is a big part of my use of to-do lists, the act of ticking an activity off is so satisfying it can often be the motivation I need to start an activity I might otherwise ignore for as long as possible.

As I transition from my Master’s degree which was just a series of never ending deadlines enforced by other people, this more “real-world” nature of self-inflicted deadlines, is something I’m learning to adapt to. My list series is definitely an important part of this process.

So yes, maybe gamification is a rubbish-sounding, cheese-implying word but apparently it’s a process that works for me. Moving forward with this idea, next week I’m going to attempt to apply gamification to reading of papers (insert Jaws theme here)…wish me luck!

Until next time



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