If you are an entrepreneur, do you play games in business (a.k.a. gamification in business)?
If you were an employee, could you be fired for not doing your job?
Odds are you're shaking your head. And at least most people would get “in trouble” …
So are you firing yourself for not doing what you need to do for your business?
We all have the same amount of time in a day – it just depends on how you spend it.
Will you spend it preparing for your dreams?
Or will you prepare to never achieve your purpose?
Create Gamification In Business
I was once provided the opportunity to see Jane McGonigal's “Gaming Can Make A Better World” and was delighted to hear additional confirmation on something I've heard even at my programming day job …
And that is simply that people LOVE games!
Here is additional research to back me up:
- 7 Ways Games Reward The Brain by Tom Chatfield (a TEDGlobal 2010 talk)
- Gamification Harnesses The Power Of Games To Motivate from IFLScience
- Games and Your Brain: How to Use Gamification to Stop Procrastinating (a Buffer article)
- The Science Behind Gamification: Why It Works (a Wistia article)
- How to Growth Hack Your Brain Using Gamification and Neurolearning
- The Connection Between the Brain and Gamification
If you can “gamefy” something and make it fun, people are more willing to interact, participate, and engage.
But when it comes to business?
Especially if you're like me with a full time day job AND a business …
It can be difficult to keep up that spirit – especially if you're not seeing results.
But are you seeing results because you can't get them?
Or is it because you haven't been consistent enough to create them?
In this blog post, I wanted to share with you 4 really cool gamification examples in business today!
Create A Reward Chart
When looking to create gamification in business, the first thing you need to do is determine what rewards will keep you going.
Is it getting to watch 1 hour of your favorite TV show?
Whenever you make progress, give yourself an award!
It could be something as simple as …
… a mini dance party in your office for a couple minutes (which also boosts your endorphines and is some exercise) …
… buying yourself flowers …
… attending that paint & party you've been thinking about for weeks …
… or maybe you just completed a really big project (or accumulation of successes) and you get yourself a massage.
Whatever your reward, be sure you give it to yourself!
When you tell your brain, “OK – once we achieve this result after doing out hard work, you'll get this reward” and then don't follow through?
You tell your brain not to trust yourself. So it's important that whatever rewards you choose, you follow through with it and in a timely manner.
One of my favorite reward systems I used when I was a kid was a tracker that for every day I did what I was supposed to do? I got a star. And as the stars accumulated, they would be enough to earn a special treat.
I recently found a store that sells the erasable scorecard and shared it here on my blog as well as below.
Now that we've talked about your end result and where your focus will be, let's discuss possible business gamification options.
Create A Habit Tracker In Your Bullet Journal
I've discussed one of my favorite creative trackers before, and I'm going to have to gush about it again.
If you've never heard of a Bullet Journal (or BuJo as some fans like it call it) then check this out and get caught up.
Once I started using a BuJo, I've felt like I've accomplished so much more in creating a more “balanced life” and completing business tasks.
One of my favorite pieces in my bullet journal is something called a habit tracker.
And I first heard about it through this page right here. One of the many things I am grateful for, as it not only allowed me to visually see what I was accomplishing …
It also allowed me to realize what I wasn't accomplishing.
Again – how are you spending your time?
Create An Ultimate Productivity Challenge
A third option for creating gamification in business is by utilizing an ultimate productivity challenge tracker.
I had never heard about this until recently, and I am excited for the opportunity to test it out.
It is another tracker I found while watching someone who has a lot more passion about bullet journalling than I do.
Because this was just so nifty, I wanted to share it with you here from the creator of The Boosted Journal.
In effect, it is basically just like the reward chart I shared earlier.
If pretty boxes and charts aren't your thing …
Create A Points System
I was watching a video from one of my business mentors Keysha Bass where she covered a points system she uses in order to get more done in your day so you can make more money.
Here was basically her system …
She had three tiers, where each tier has a list of action items that once completed represented a certain amount of points.
Tier 1 (money maker tier) included items like:
- writing emails
- creating new products
- setting up Facebook ads
- paid media
- write sales copy
- do webinar or livestream
- optimizing cell phone
- adding upsell
- hiring Virtual Assistant (VA)
Tier 2 included items like:
- writing blog post
- content marketing
- posting on social media
Tier 3 (which she suggested you outsource if it wasn't something that brought you joy) included items like:
- customer support
- graphic design
- tech stuff
- audio editing
- video editing
- scheduling interviews
- blog management
Now, for each item you completed in tier 1? 5 points.
Tier 2 was 1 point each. And can you guess what each item in tier 3 was?
0 points. Because they would not make you money. (Though don't get me wrong – without customer support you might not have customers long.)
What Is Your End Game?
You should always be focused on your end game – your big win! What is it that will keep you going?
Those are your rewards. And as you create different ways to achieve those rewards, you will be creating results in your business as well.
Do you have any other ways you've found to successfully create gamification in business? Leave a comment below!
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