Top 10 Fitness Gamification Examples to Get Fit in 2017

This article was written by Erik van Mechelen, based on the Octalysis framework designed by Yu-kai Chou

Human-focused Fitness

The main takeaway from Yu-kai Chou’s Actionable Gamification: Beyond Points, Badges, and Leaderboards is that design experiences, particularly those involving gamification, need to be designed for humans. That’s why Yu-kai refers to them as human-focused.

Fitness should be human-focused too. It’s not only about getting you outside and moving (like Pokemon Go), but about improving health and fitness and getting tangible results over time. I would add, for the long term. It’s pretty easy to build a product that works for 1 or 2 or 6 months, but there are precious few that people will use for beyond 6 months.

Here are the top 10 fitness apps to watch (or use!) in 2017.

As always, I’ll refer to the 8 Core Drives of Octalysis. As a bonus, I will mention a few Game Techniques along the way, too!

Edit: There are a LOT of fitness apps. Tell me which ones I missed in the comments or on Octalysis Explorers on Facebook!

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Top 10 Finance Gamification Examples To Level Up in 2017

This article was written by Erik van Mechelen, based on the Octalysis framework designed by Yu-kai Chou

Human-focused Finance

The main takeaway from Yu-kai Chou’s Actionable Gamification: Beyond Points, Badges, and Leaderboards is that design experiences, particularly those involving gamification, need to be designed for humans. That’s why Yu-kai refers to them as human-focused.

Finance should be human-focused too. It’s not only about numbers and making them better. It is about improving our relationship to money, making it easy for families to track expenses and investments, and helping businesses manage their contractors and make deals.

Here are the top 10 finance apps to watch (or use!) in 2017.

As always, I’ll refer to the 8 Core Drives of Octalysis. As a bonus, I will mention a few Game Techniques along the way, too!

Edit: I also just learned about SaveUp.com (earn credits for financial behaviors), SmartyPig.com (automate transfers to digital piggy banks earmarked for savings goals), and Trade Samurai (learning Forex trading). These are very solid as well!

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8 Game Techniques to Bring Loss and Avoidance to your Life: Part 8 of 8 in Lifestyle Gamification

This series was written by Erik van Mechelen, based on the Octalysis framework by Yu-kai Chou. 

The Final Countdown, 8 Techniques for Core Drive 8!

This is it! The final push…or should I say, the Last Mile Drive?

If you missed any of the previous articles, here they are:

Part 1: Epic Meaning & Calling

Part 2: Development & Accomplishment

Part 3: Empowerment of Creativity & Feedback

Part 4: Ownership & Possession

Part 5: Social Influence & Relatedness

Part 6: Scarcity & Impatience

Part 7: Unpredictability & Curiosity

Part 8: Loss & Avoidance

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Sprinkle 7 Game Techniques into your Lifestyle Gamification Design: Part 7 of 8 in Lifestyle Gamification Examples

This series is written by Erik van Mechelen, based on the Octalysis framework designed by Yu-kai Chou. 

A little curiosity in your life of gamification

As we continue this Lifestyle Gamification Example series, we’re pushing onward with Core Drive 7: Unpredictability & Curiosity.

Curiosity is a spice of life.

From Actionable Gamification: Beyond Points, Badges, and Leaderboards, we know:

As mentioned in earlier chapters, our intellectual consciousness is inherently lazy, and if tasks at hand do not demand immediate attention, the neocortex delegates the mental legwork to our subconscious mind, or “System 1” according to Economics Nobel Prize winner and psychologist Daniel Kahneman.

So why not sprinkle a little into your lifestyle gamification design? Whether chores or fitness or nutrition or relationships… Here’s a few examples to get you thinking!

As always, refer back to Core Drive 7: Unpredictability & Curiosity if you need a mental refresher!

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Top Ten Gamified Productivity Apps that will Boost your Life

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Top Ten Gamified Productivity Apps

One of the most practical uses of gamification is in helping people boost their productivity and manageably transform their challenging goals into reality. Success of course, does not come from mere inspiration. It is the result of consistently achieving small goals. This is no easy feat as we often develop enormous amounts of inner resistance to these seemingly small tasks.

So wouldn’t it be great if there were better ways to turn mundane or pesky tasks into fun? Thanks to gamification, these tools are now a reality. What better way to challenge yourself to new heights than through using gamified productivity apps?

Through enjoying the overall experience of working towards your ambitious goals, we can transform activities that we normally resent into positive new habits which give us a greater sense of control over the direction of our lives.

Lifestyle gamification is a very exciting field and the opportunities to design new methods for “leveling up” your life are limitless. Please share with us your ideas once you take a look at our curated list of productivity apps below.

Here are the top ten apps that could potentially change your productivity, health, and financial habits for the better.

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