Gamify your chores for great justice #Cleaning#chores#cleaning together#gamers March 26 2013 | Guest post by Dootsie Bug You can game-ify your home, but did you know you can game-ify the way you CLEAN your home? So you have no trouble contributing to your team, taking charge, completing tasks and generally rocking out… in-game. But what about IRL? Are you letting your warrior spirit sit on the back burner just because the game is over? Unlock your inner champion for real-life rewards. Make a giant real life game out of your day-to-day chores to motivate yourself and your spacemates (while having more fun)! Create a point system Assign various household tasks point values. The more difficult or time-consuming the task, the more points it should be worth. Split tasks up into Regular, Occasional, and Bonus categories (with the most difficult or time-consuming tasks being Bonus tasks). Build your world, set the rules Devise stages in your world by dividing the Regular tasks evenly among the players for the week. Throw in one Occasional and one Bonus task. At any time during the stage, a player can complete their assigned tasks and collect their points. A player can also pick up some of the unassigned Occasional or Bonus tasks for additional points. A player doesn't have to complete their tasks, but risks not collecting those points and thus not earning rewards. Level-up Once a player has earned a certain number of points, it should unlock a special game reward. Randomize it by drawing from a hat. Ideas for rewards include a Swap card that allows them to swap one of their weekly tasks with another player or a Get Out of Chore But Still Get the Points card. Create missions Choose a time frame and a minimum number of points needed to win, then let everyone know the reward. Maybe a month from now you'd like everyone to have earned the point equivalent of most of their Regular chores, three Occasionals and three Bonus tasks. The reward for all who conquer? A trip to the water park! Related Post Should housemates split chores 50-50? Talking over which chores each member of the household does is essential to household bliss -- because it can help you get some of the... Read more BOSS FIGHT Schedule some of the biggest household tasks for one evening or weekend, so all the players can kick this house's ass together. Maybe make this the weekend for cleaning out the garage or reorganizing the kitchen. So long as everyone participated, they can share in the big reward—like beers and pizza on the deck or a night at the bowling alley. Going it alone? Compete with yourself. Try to beat your own score or aim to level-up faster than last week. Set long-term rewards to keep you in the game. Create achievements to unlock, like Perfect Week (all Regular chores done, plus your Bonus and Occasional) or Bonus Run (five bonus tasks done in one week)! Do you have your own tricks, or maybe even apps that help you gamify your own cleaning processes? Reporter Name * Reporter Email * Original text Enter the original text here. Edited text* Enter your suggested copyedit here. Notes You can add a note for the editor here. * Required information. Fix Typo Guest post written by Dootsie Bug Dootsie Bug is a magazine layout queen/editor from Central Kentucky. Aside from being totally officious, Dootsie enjoys staring at her cat and pretending to be a knitter. http://dootsiebug.wordpress.com PREVIOUS I processed my miscarriage by talking about it NEXT Custom, hand-painted Beware Of Pet signs from artists in Nepal Show/Hide comments [ 24 ] This is an awesome idea! Maybe this will motivate my gamer husband to take out the trash 🙂 I can totally see it working for when we have little ones, too. Love it. 5 agree Reply I feel like this has kid potential! My aunt tracked her son's chore progress with really bad-a stickers. Reply Not to be Debbie-Downer, but those sticker charts have to have real consequences and rewards, and be age appropriate. I babysat for a kid who got stickers on his chart for putting on his pajamas. He was 4 and completely capable to dress himself, and as his babysitter I rarely had a PJs problem. So I thought the excess of stickers was rewarding behavior he would do normally. 1 agrees Reply To give the parent(s) a measure of credit, it may be that the stickers did their job and got him into a good habit! You're totally right that it makes no sense to reward what is second-nature, but it's also possible that what seems like a habit is really just playing the game–I'm taking kids or adults here. It can definitely he hard to know when it's time to stop a reward, but I think you can observe a person's enthusiasm to gather when a reward isn't serving its purpose anymore. Is it "ugh, another dumb sticker" or is it "YEAH STICKER TIME WOO I DID A GOOD JOB"? Likewise, is it "meh, no sticker" or is it "I promise I'll work real hard to get my next sticker." Reply That's true. There is a lot of psychology to motivation/organization. Sometimes just checking one thing off the list ("-Make List.") is just the thing to get you motivated to do other stuff. It's not really used as a reminder, but as a confidence and motivation booster. "YEAH STICKER TIME WOO I DID A GOOD JOB" And I think when morale is particularly low, those events have their use, too. 2 agree My husband actually uses an app on his phone: Epic Win. We're still working on this applying to cleaning tasks but he uses it for homework, work, or other things I ask him to do. We did start work on a big character sheet board for him but that got stalled out as homework took priority over fun. But it's still in the works that he can earn points for just about anything in his life which will allow him to level up skills, receive achievements with fun names, add items and armor and weapons and also to level up his character (with new images for evolution like Pokemon). 3 agree Reply oh thank goodness, my first thought was 'there must be an app for this!' – I'm so checking this out right now. We neeeed this! thank you 😀 3 agree Reply A $2.99 RPG game that improves your life?! Downloading this right. now. 1 agrees Reply There is a great site for this: chorewars.com. I've used it in the past with my husband, but he wasn't competitive enough to diligently fill in his chores so it sort of fizzled out. 1 agrees Reply This is always my biggest challenge! Somebody's got to have some awesome hacks that help you remember to track points and still keep it fun. 2 agree Reply That was our main obstacle too. We have a big white board in the front of our living room that divides up chores by categories and points that certain regular chores are worth, and records are most recent high scores. Having it in the forefront of our visual space and easy to fill out (anything that involves clicking or tapping on the computer just took too much time for us and quickly died off) was key. Reply I've used Chore Wars successfully in the past and LOVED it! Reply OMG! This is so great for my husband and I, who are pretty avid gamers (both the rpg and video game variety), and I look forward to doing something like it with my son when he's a little older. Reply I use Challenge Accepted to do this! It's a great site, lets you set up multiple layers of tasks and increase your skills/attributes and level up as you do more chores! 1 agrees Reply I use Challenge Accepted too! Reply This looks totally awesome. I'm looking into it. And humming a hero song while I brush up on my Wordsmithing. Reply SuperBetter is mainly targeted at health-related goals, but it's another gamify-your-life site. (I haven't actually used it, but friends have, and we're mentioning it in a museum exhibit we're building about gamification and other positive impacts of gaming). Reply The creator of SuperBetter had a totally amazing TED Talk. I'm not familiar with SuperBetter, but I definitely had this talk in mind when I wrote this! Reply HabitRPG.com is a website I use to make household cleaning into a videogame. It's really helpful to actually getting things done! Reply This is awesome. This is free and web-based! I only have a dumb phone, so I can't track stuff via app. Thanks for the tip! Reply *snicker* dumb-phone. My old room-mates pegged me with that one too once lol Reply I proposed this to my roommates, and I think they're on board. One is very competitive, and the other and I are nerdy enough that a Hogwarts-house themed version will suit us well. I know I'll be much more motivated to take out the trash if I get to say "Ten points for Gryffindor!" when I do. I think, rather than "leveling up," we're going to have the House Cup be at the end of the month, with the winner getting some sort of reward. 3 agree Reply YES THE HOUSE CUP YES. 1 agrees Reply http://www.chorewars.com/ is also an excellent website, you can 'compete' with others in your household to do the most chores :] Reply Join the conversation Cancel Reply Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *Comment Notify me of follow-up comments by email. 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