Wendy Nolin en Entrepreneurs, Creative and Media Professionals, Business President • Wendy Nolin Worldwide 21/9/2016 · 2 min de lectura · +800

Gamify Your To Do List

Gamify Your To Do List


There’s always more than one way to do something. What works for you may not necessarily work as well for someone else, and vice versa. There are tens of thousands of options for pretty much anything you want to do, try, or learn. Being more productive is an ongoing quest for nearly every professional and business owner, and finding the right tool or system is an effort in experimentation.


Many of the productivity systems are admittedly dry. I mean, just look at the words: productivity system. This is great for the left-brain, analytical people of the world who love structure, process, and step-by-step instructions. Perhaps you’re an entrepreneur, a creative, or a right-brain ideator. Systems to you sound boring and mundane. You’ve probably already started to check out mentally because there have been too many left-brain words in this paragraph…


But wait, don’t go! This article is for you if traditional productivity systems don’t work for you, but you still desire to increase your efficiency and effectiveness.


A relatively new productivity technique emerging to help you stay focused and get more done is gamifying your daily and/or weekly To Do list. Gamification, for the purposes of this discussion, is using game-like elements to increase productivity. In simplest form, it’s like giving yourself a literal gold star for every completed task or finished project, a throwback to our days as kindergarteners and first grade schoolchildren.


The reason gamification works can be attributed to the complex super-computer residing between our ears. In their book Gamification by Design, Gabe Zichermann and Christopher Cunningham cite the reason gamification works is what they refer to as the dopamine loop. The dopamine loop, according to Susan Weinschenk, Ph. D. in Psychology Today, works like this:

“Dopamine is created in various parts of the brain and is critical in all sorts of brain functions, including thinking, moving, sleeping, mood, attention, motivation, seeking and reward… It's easy to ge