New Year, New Game. Even If We Don’t See It That Way. But Are Better Off If We Do.
January 2022 Newsletter by Gameful Life
The beginning of a new year can be challenging even without New Year’s resolutions.
A new period often starts with hopes and expectations — for ourselves, for those close to us, for communities we live in and interact with, for the world in general. So even without intentional resolutions, there are subconscious ones or those we try to hide from ourselves.
The ever unexpected way of life often overthrows our hopes and expectations, and we might want to stop doing what we started just because we don’t see sense and think that we are tired of challenges.
I recently briefly asked myself whether turning my life into games is worth it with all the challenges of the pandemic and the news of a possible war here in Europe. And the answer was a resounding “Yes.”
Self-gamification, which is the art and approach of turning our own life into fun games, is about empowering ourselves every step of the way in our lives. And such self-empowerment is especially important in challenging times.
A gamification colleague had drawn my attention once to the fact that the famous movie Life Is Beautiful is about gamifying life in the most beautiful ways also in the most challenging circumstances.
I invite you to explore various ways to empower yourself by turning different parts of your life into joyful games. They don’t have to be long or epic. They can be small and add up through their small-step effect into powerful, epic games.
This power of small steps doesn't stop to amaze me. It also happened to me this month. I had many projects that didn’t have directly to do with writing, along with the holiday season at the end of December. And still, I managed to publish eight articles since the December Newsletter, where the six of them had to do with Gameful Life and the topics I consider here.
I didn’t intend to achieve any specific number of articles, not even for the weekly “game rounds” of my life. I simply tried to write every day and treated writing and publishing as my creativity games which I played in the breaks of my consulting and teaching projects (and games).
I published the six articles mentioned above in three different publications. I hope you enjoy reading them. Here are the three digests listed in the order of their publication date in each publication:
- “How to Make the Morning Routine Entertaining and Fun as Games Are”
- “How a Black Cat Won an Argument by Persevering and Getting What He Wanted”
- “Win-Win: The Collaborative-Competitive Paradox of Turning Life into Fun Games”
- “Here is Why Business Rules Are the Description of Your Project or Business Game, as well as its Wiki”
- “Types of Business Rules or, The Various Decisions You Make About Your Products and Services”
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Have a beautiful, peaceful, and gameful February 2022!
With best wishes,
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