If you are looking for the key to motivation and want to get things done, you need to know how to make things fun.
Look at that… I’m a poet and didn’t think about it.
Toxic Waste in a Can
Bob loves his garden. So much so that he covers it in toxic waste.
Now that may seem like a bad idea to… well… everyone, but the types of things that grow in this reality actually thrive in toxic Sludge™. It has an ingredient that all the plants love – Toxinol™.
This stuff is amazing!
The problem with Bob using this toxic waste in a can is that he had accumulated quite a collection of empty Sludge™ cans lying around. He hated to recycle. When he was badgered into it* and did it grudgingly he would fill his recycle bin with a handful of empty cans instead of a lot of crushed ones. Finally, I realized how to make things fun for Bob and make recycling easy.
Bob Is Easily Amused
I stood a can on the ground and told Bob to stand on it. When he did, I tapped the side. The dent was enough to make the can collapse under his weight. He laughed out loud and started clapping.
So I put down another. The entire process was like an instant replay. Sadly, Bob never experienced a theme park, so this was pretty thrilling to him.
I handed him another can. He put it down, stepped on it, tapped the side, and dropped with guffaws and applause. Within about 5 minutes he filled his recycle bin with crushed cans, making a huge dent in the can-based debris around his hovel.
He discovered how to make things fun and changed his view on recycling.
How to Make Things Fun
If you want to get things done, you need to make things fun. If you want to know how to make things fun, it’s easy. Just do like Bob did.
- Change Your Perspective: Bob turned a chore into fun by changing his perspective.
- Make it a Game: Bob now treats recycling like a game, making it exciting.
- Make it Rewarding: Every time Bob recycles he gets to play.
* Badgering a zombie involves rubbing a badger on their head and then throwing a rabid zombie badger at them. There are a lot of variations, but I like to keep it simple. Having too many choices is a bad thing.