Interesting article!
PK Vrieswijk
31

Here’s an example of how I use this to guide my thinking on personal development.

Mechanics: I pick internally directed constraints, rules, and frameworks (such as Pomodoro). Score is kept internally and not influenced by or dependent on others, but I do engage others to help me enforce mechanics (keep me honest). There is no final win condition. This creates…

Dynamics: Without other competing “players,” I avoid negative zero-sum dynamics like manipulation or bluffing. I develop “helping” relationships with the enforcers and we both benefit from transparency. Without explicit win conditions, focus is on process, not product.

Aesthetics: I experience joy and motivation from my relationships with enforcers, who act as guides and feel empowered and helpful. I avoid negative experiences like fear of failure or distrust of others, since no dynamics exist to support them.

Does this flow make sense? It’s a deeper reflection process than “what makes me happy?” Focus on the dynamics and relationships your mechanics create.

Thanks for your comment!

One clap, two clap, three clap, forty?

By clapping more or less, you can signal to us which stories really stand out.