With all that’s happening in the world right now, maybe fun is the last thing on your mind. But lack of fun might be getting in the way of you achieving your goals.
What if you set yourself a challenge, and then gamified it!
Gamification is turning a task into a game in order to motivate yourself to do it. The beauty of gamification is that the difficulty of a task (or how dull it may seem) can be made up for, if you feel rewarded for completing it. From receiving gold stars for being well behaved at school, to gaining points for your supermarket shop, and awards on your fitness tracker for being active, gamification is everywhere.
Research from countries coming out of the Covid-19 induced lockdown shows that although many people had great intentions of learning a language, reading books and indulging their hobbies, they didn’t use their extra time as wisely as they could. There are of course good reasons for this such as anxiety, lack of resources and exhaustion.
However, if you are up for the challenge and feel resourceful enough to take it on, why not try something new for 30 days. Whether you want to learn to play a musical instrument, start writing your daily gratitudes or get to bed on time, you can gamify it.
The great thing about a 30 day challenge is having an end point in mind before you start. If you think that you might have to do something forever your motivation can wane, but you can do almost anything for 30 days straight.
What you challenge yourself to do is up to you. Here are a few ideas, it could be focused on your:
- Finances – making a daily saving or looking at your finances each day.
- Business – contacting a number of customers a day, or doing the job that you usually put off.
- Learning – reading, studying, listening to a podcast daily.
- Wellbeing – adjusting the amount you sleep, what you eat, and/or the exercise you take.
- Social Life – contacting a friend each day, devoting time to online networking.
Don’t just take my word for it, there’s lots of research showing why 30 day challenges work.
1. Support Network – 30 day challenges usually provide you with a support network. A 2018 study published in the Journal of Biomedical Informatics found interactive digital support systems can help people establish healthier lifestyle habits.
2. Daily Habits – A 30 day challenge can kick start a habit, although it will take 66 days for it to actually stick. According to new psychological research involving the University of Warwick, you can hack your brain to form good habits — like going to the gym and eating healthily — simply by repeating actions until they stick.
3. Results – In thirty days you should start to see results, you might not be at your end goal, but seeing some change can encourage you to continue.
So, here’s my challenge to you. On the 11th May, I am starting a 30-day challenge – Join me – you’ll get:
- Access to private WhatsApp group to encourage each other along.
- A downloadable worksheet to track your achievement.
- A virtual award at the end for completing the challenge.
Let the games begin! Register here to join us https://www.jennygarrett.global/try-something-new-for-30-days/
Still not convinced, check out this TED talk from Matt Cutts on why You Should Try Something New for 30 days: