With our Life Gamification Project, the goal is 100 points a day. But what’s a day?
The obvious answer might be that a day starts when you wake up and ends when you fall asleep. Doesn’t work.
For one thing, when would we add up the points? Doing it the next day seemed likely to result in a lot forgetting, and doing it immediately before bed might cause a willpower challenge–it’s not like I usually feel like doing much right before bed.
More importantly, we already have enough trouble keeping what weak structures of getting to bed and getting up at decent hours that we have. We do not need any extra incentive to stay up later doing things to try to get our 100 points for the day.
So, instead, we have instituted the Ten O’Clock Tally (with the owlish-looking acronym TO’CT). We each have alarms on our phones that go off at 10. Once they go off, we are done being able to earn any more points for that day.
We add up our points and record them on our sheet. Anything we do afterward that scores points counts for the next day.