Sunday, March 30, 2014
Hope you're enjoying the spring.
Gamification is becoming huge in the world of motivation, and I wanted to report back some ideas from another site, HabitRPG.com.
Gamification is a way of using playfulness to influence behaviour. We get hooked on games, so can we use the same kind of fun to get us doing other things?
Getting points and awards on SP is an example of gamification. Competing with yourself or your friends on Fitbit or similar is another.
But Habit RPG takes it further. RPG stands for 'role playing game'. In Habit RPG, you have a little character who can grow, get points and pets, and have different adventures, depending on your behaviour in the real world.
The beauty is, YOU decide what habits you want to make or break. If it's a habit you want to improve say, eat more fruit), you can award yourself points for each fruit you eat. If you want to break a habit (say, eating biscuits), you can decide on how many points to dock each time.
You can also use it for work tasks - points each time you tackle a big job, make a difficult call, or do a pomodoro.
You can award points for the gym, or dock points for days you do nothing.
Each day, the number of +/- points builds, putting you under pressure (positive and negative) to tackle the task. Really helps with procrastination!
This is all great, but here's the aspect I find really cool:
You can gamify the tasks by giving them an imaginative name, eg
'Hit the gym' becomes 'Slay the Fatness Dragon' or 'Buff Your Inner Hero', depending on taste :) (capital letters help for some reason)
I've used this to mark assignments (Magus Mind Meld :) and do other less-than-enticing jobs.
I'm not a fantasy fan at all, but the imaginative approach to doing tough stuff changes your mind set and seems to be working for me! It's something to do with imagining your small tasks as part of a bigger, epic picture.
There are also graphs and other geekery for those so inclined.
Anyway, I'm just posting in case some of these ideas work for you!
The site is:
Hope you're all slaying those dragons meanwhile!
Saturday, February 15, 2014
Have been away from SP for a while, put on some pounds, and finally getting back together.
Part of the trouble was a foot injury which meant I couldn't jog, and stopped going to the gym. But excuses! On and up!
I also turned 50 and this has made me rethink.
My sedentary job means I spend a lot of time indoors and on my butt. This has to change. So I've posted a few outdoor images from inspiring places that remind me of more active times.
I've adopted a new inspiring spirit animal - the flying squirrel. This is an endangered animal which has terrestrial habits but sometimes takes a leap and flies. I love that!
My old Nikki hasn't disappeared, but my new thinking is more about the outside world. Let's see if that makes a difference!
Hope all my lovely SP friends have been good (in all senses) in the meantime!
Sunday, June 02, 2013
Been away on work travels for a month, overjoyed to find I've only returned with a couple of extra pounds, despite a lot of bread and cheese!
I was in a great routine before I left, and need to get back into it! So here's the deal:
1. Back to Lyn-Genet The Plan lite for a while.
2. Roast veg, fruit, flax seed, cut dairy
3. Back to gym and/or bike/running
The change of lifestyle during the month was quite a contrast, so here's what I've learned from it.
1. Big breakfast and tiny evening meals works for me.
2. Lots of sleep helps me think more creatively.
3. Being away from TV/adverts/big shops is so refreshing - a mind holiday.
It will be hard to hold onto some of that, but I aim to cut TV time to a minimum and read more.
Also, have been reading a great book recently: Pema Chodron - The Places that Scare You. It's a simplified guide to Buddhist meditation and is mainly about how our thoughts influence our mood and behaviour so much, yet are only ephemeral vapour. That includes cravings and self-criticism :) I've understood this in theory, but this book seems practical as well as compassionate - worth a look!
Have a great June, all!
Sunday, April 14, 2013
Week 1 - 5 lb down
Week 2 - 0.4 down
Week 3 - 0.2 down
Week 4 - 0.2 up
Been keeping to certain aspects of the plan and not others, so this is fair enough.
weigh-ins and food logging
rigorous ingredient testing. Instead, have been sticking to certain foods I know are straightforward. Also keeping evening meals light and small, and having occasional treats.
This week I went back to normal exercise - gym, bike, so probably building muscle. Hopefully I can now hang onto the new habits while tackling others!
Feel a lot better and healthier than I have in a couple of years, cooking regularly and actually drinking a decent amount of water - result! My OH is losing weight too as a by-product of the different cooking style.
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