Building good habits is a difficult process. Most experts recommend doing it through small changes and not being hard on yourself when you falter. The “Game of Life” system is built around this idea.
Here’s how it works: Start by identifying three good habits you want to build. Next, assign each of them points on a scale of five, based on how reluctant you are to do it, how difficult you find it and how good it is for you. It’s a bit like the four major factors of habit change.
Once you have your habits and points, plot them on a week’s chart, like the one shown above. The last column is your weekly points target for each activity. The objective is to make the points target easy enough that you can’t fail. Now, you can start playing the Game of Life.
At the end of each day, assign points in each box based on whether or not you achieved your goal that day. Add it up at the end of the week. This all relies on the psychology of gamification. Soon, you’ll spot patterns, like that you’ve avoided a certain activity on weekends or a gradual decline with every passing day of the week. Just being aware of these patterns can help you change for the better, and plan around your own behaviour. And as you get better, keep raising the points goal.
A Guide on How to Win the Game of Life [UYP Lifestyle Blog]