Learning about gamification is all about discovering what motivates us, how can we make something interesting and what tools can help achieve a task effectively.
Gamification techniques make use of systems to support and enhance our cognitive abilities. While trying out different methods I often found myself simplifying life so that I can fit some element of my day or action into an application. This process allowed me to reflect on parts of my life which I would otherwise never inspect. After finding the right tools for me, I started living more intentional. My awareness of my actions in relationship to my goals has increased during the use of the systems that I found suited my needs best.
We all use gamification already, but this website is about to improve your ability as a player, to also be the designer of your game. Paychecks, Grades, Applications, Programs, Phones, most parts of Society have rudimentary elements of gamified systems and like games are evolving with our advances in technology. There is a rising trend of gamification today mainly due to new integrations of technology into our society but also through advances in motivational psychology, bio hacking and a general awareness of workforce motivation. Companies like Facebook are famous for using psychological tricks abusing their users desire for a spontaneous reward. Gamification is about isolating parts of games and game design to use them for hacking our brain. Games are designed around human traits and therefore reverse engineering what works in games will allow us to use human focused design in our lives.
Benefits from Gamification in short
+ Heightened awareness leading to more intentional behavior due to the practice of tracking
+ Attempting to gamify any aspect of life will result in simplification
+ Gamifying an existing system is making that system more suitable for human use
+ Better Documentation skills
+ Pattern recognition
+ Delayed Gratification
+ Understanding of Systems
+ Increase Focus