Choose one of the sunday sermons from The School of Life (24 to choose from). I’d like you to write a reaction to the video as a comment on the blog post called The School of Life Sunday Sermons. Tell us why you chose that particular sunday sermon, what you learned, what, if anything, you heard that you’d consider incorporating into a system of self-care as an idea, a method, a design constraint, etc. Include the video’s title and link.
I chose to watch Jane McGonigal’s talk on productivity. I chose her because I’m a gamer and have been a fan of her promotion and defense against the stereotype of gaming. Productivity has also been something I was always felt lacking in or like I wasn’t doing enough of it. The feeling bred a lot of negative emotions and I found myself easily overwhelmed by the massive to do lists I was making.
Jane points out in her sermon that making to do lists inherently makes one unhappy and outlines the 4 key qualities we need to lead a happy life: PERMA, which stands for Positive Emotion, Relationships, Meaning, and Accomplishment. By channeling our To Do lists into a PERMA fashion, we may start doing things that make us happier. I do wonder though where necessary boring tasks like calling Time Warner for the billionth time fit under this model.
She also went over how games cover PERMA, how we are starving for PERMA qualities like Engagement, Accomplishment, and etc and that’s why so many individuals turn to games. I was thinking specifically of my brother at this point. Recently, I had been frustrated with him because all I ever see him do is play games, specifically, Dota. It made me mad to see him waste his life away so unproductively. Games consume his life specifically because he’s not engaged with school work. He also hasn’t been a strong student, much to the disappointment of my parents, which I think makes him feel unaccomplished, giving him more reason to turn to games.
I was actually thinking of staging a mini-intervention with the other half of this week’s assignment, but I just can’t think of anything off the top of my head, but I want to start with small satisfying tasks that would slowly motivate you to take bigger steps. (Eg. taking a multi-vitamin)
I don’t think game mechanics works well for motivation honestly, so despite being a gamer and wanting to be a more productive person, I think I’ll stick meeting the requirements for BJ Fogg’s model instead.