May 30, 2017
Packing isn’t usually something people look forward too. It’s one of the most daunting steps before moving homes or putting things away before they go into storage. It can be especially difficult if you have children who are old enough to do the packing themselves but young enough to rebel and procrastinate… because packing always sounds like the worst way to spend time. It doesn’t have to be this way, though. Thanks to digital innovators in Silicon Valley, games have been created for the sole purpose of making this chore fun. That’s right, fun! And if you’re not a fan of the digital games, there are plenty of other ways to make packing fun that don’t involve a screen.
This new category of making menial tasks fun has been named “gamification.” Here are a few popular apps you can use to your advantage while packing.
Chore Wars allows you to compete with others but can also make packing on your own more fun. You’ll create a character and log on. Completing chores can earn you gold and help you battle monsters in a medieval setting.
The website Habitica offers rewards and incentives to make important tasks habitual (after all, that’s in the name). It works by turning the things listed on your to-do list into monsters you have to defeat. Once again, you can compete with friends or go it alone.
The same types of motivation from these digital apps can be applied away from a screen. If you’re wanting to get your children motivated when it comes to packing, create multiple goals for them to achieve. With each new achievement, there could be a prize or point system. You can also create a background story to set the scene. What do the points mean? What do they earn in this game scenario? Get creative with it and tailor the game to your children’s interests.
Incentives aren’t a bad thing when it comes to packing. Most everyone involved will probably want to do something fun once the job is over, whether that be going out to get ice cream or seeing a movie. Allow yourself to take a fun break when the job is done — it will definitely help if you have something concrete to look forward to and enjoy with your family.