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.
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.
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!
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?