Day 7: Gamification to get organized
Also known as Ludification, “it is a learning technique that transfers the mechanics of games to the educational-professional field in order to achieve better results, either for a better absorption of knowledge, to improve some skill, or to reward specific actions, among many other objectives ”.
This time I want to talk about gamification as part of a work routine, and I think it is very useful if you are a freelancer or you are facing a completely unknown objective; In this case, where to start developing a video game?
For Redd’s Runaway I spent many days trying to find the right path, and I remembered a video made by RagnarRox (recommended channel, I include the video in question), which you can check in the minute 6:30. This is how I started to create checkboxes in my notebook, looking forward to fill at least 10 boxes daily; by the time I was in the 10th box, if I had more pending tasks, the remaining 8 came out without problems; there weren't always 18, but this technique was especially useful on the heaviest days, since each box represented only a small task, such as:
- Add 3 boss sounds
- Apply color palette
- First preview of the interface style
25 minutes of work, 5 minutes of rest, more defined tasks and above all, more confidence that you have clear objectives about what you have to do in the day.