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Date: October 2, 2022 Time: 19:15:21

Sometimes you want to skip or delegate work tasks, but you can’t. However, you can treat the routine like a video game and turn a boring plan for the day into a list of missions. We are talking about gamification techniques that can be applied to most everyday activities, from checking email to meetings.

5 ways to gamify your work

Elena Lijanova

1. Make email easier and more fun

Many complain that they receive too many emails. The inbox is full of spam and unwanted emails, the ones that could easily have been replaced by calls, instant messages or personal conversations.

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How to turn daily work into pleasure? Use a convenient mail management service (eg Spike), hotkeys and customize your mail client. When email interaction is quick and easy, it’s like playing a video game.

2. Break big tasks into small tasks and add rewards

If you have a big project ahead of you, break it down into a series of smaller tasks.

Create a checklist that includes all of these tasks, and make sure the checklist title matches the name of the project.

Therefore, any task will be seen as a path to a prize – this is how video games are organized. The more items in the list are closed, the closer the target will be. And it keeps you motivated.

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Extra tip: think in advance how you will be rewarded for moving to a new level (new task) and what the reward will be for completing the task. Be creative: the reward must be truly pleasurable.

3. Look for value in collections

Meetings are very tiring: it’s hard to follow every word that is said, and they are often held unnecessarily. However, some leaders love meetings for their formality and the fact that they give a sense of control.

There are several tricks that can help make meetings and video conferences more enjoyable and even exciting.

Prepare an agenda ahead of time, review what needs to be done on each item, and make a plan for each.

After the discussion, invite other participants to ask additional questions. They can lead to unexpected discoveries: movies, books, life hacks, valuable information, etc. The main thing is to add a new layer to the meetings.

4. Make associative schemes

Being able to visualize a business strategy or marketing plan is very useful. It allows you to focus on the main thing and see how individual details create an impressive result.

Almost any strategy can be represented as an associative scheme and, like in chess, you can see the overall structure and opportunities for strategic efforts. In addition, it is very enjoyable and helps the team to see in depth what you are planning to do and how important the role of other employees is in your plan.

5. Time Tracking

One trick that helps improve productivity and quality of work is to use a time tracker. For example, try setting a timer for 30 minutes and see how much you can do in that time.

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Think about it from an athlete’s point of view. You have 30 minutes to get as many points as possible. After the break, brace yourself and get ready to repeat the cycle.

That’s why the Pomodoro Technique is so popular: it includes time tracking. The mind knows exactly how long it needs to stay focused and when it’s time to relax.

There are many ways to gamify work and make it more enjoyable. Everyone has their own tactics. The main thing is to find what you like, and then the to-do list will turn into an entertaining search, and time control into an effective sprint.

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