Intro and an idea
I'm Bodhi - a world class procrastinator ;-) I joined recently thinking I would benefit by doing the daily check-in that many of you do. As someone who works alone from home (theorectically ;) it is so valuable to have a way to externalize my process knowing others are there "listening" in some sense... I'm sure it can help to deal with the isolation of working from home. I've been hesitant to start this process though, I feel like I'm needing more than to post my to do list for the day.
However, I just had the inspiration to create a game - similar to an idea I've used before, but I see how much more powerful it could be if others were playing along with me. We're not playing "against" one another really, but against ourselves - and in the process spurring each other to greater and greater productivity.
My concept for this game is to assign a dollar value to different tasks that I need to do, and also to the tasks or things I do that waste time. The values would be on a scale from -$100 to $100 - perhaps you can guess that the tasks that I'm procrastinating about the most would be worth $100 (for up to 1 hours time). The worst, most undesirable time wasters would be at -$100 (for up to an hours time). Mundane tasks that honestly need to be done that I don't have issues with would be $1 - $10, something like that. The idea would be to "earn" as much as I can every day (and hopefully not lose money!). Of course, the values are all completely arbitrary - and if other people were playing along, our totals would not likely compare in any meaningful way. It's really that we're playing against ourselves - perhaps trying to beat our prior day's score. As well I'm thinking of having a goal of earning $100,000 or something like that. I don't know that I would sustain the motivation to do this on my own, but if others were playing too, that would make it fun for me and I think I would keep up with it.
Is anyone interested? Perhaps - if I don't procrastinate about it - I'll make up my list of tasks and corresponding values and simply post to the daily check-in thread - and then check in with my total "earnings" each day. That way if others are inspired they could simply join in.
In any case, thanks to you all for being here!