How to Use Gamification to Increase Productivity

LevelUp Time
5 min readJul 20, 2021


What does Gamification look like?

Gamification is the application of game-based mechanics and design in non-game contexts. It has been applied to areas as diverse as learning, public engagement, health, marketing, and business processes. Gamification is about bringing more of the elements of game design to bear on problems outside of games.

As a motivational tool, gamification can provide feedback for performance and reinforce desired behaviors by employing a system of rewards and punishments. As an instructional technique, gamification can increase learner engagement with educational content or support mastery learning through practice with immediate feedback.

How Gamification Helps Boost Productivity

Gamification is the use of game design techniques to make non-game activities more fun. It is used in all sorts of industries including software development, marketing, education and even healthcare.

Gamification can be used by companies to improve their employees’ productivity. This includes creating a competition between different teams or departments to see who can do the most work within a set time limit. It also involves gamifying specific tasks that are done on a regular basis, such as filling out paperwork or submitting expense reports.

This section talks about how gamification can be used by companies and organizations to increase their employees’ productivity through games and competitions where they compete against one another for rewards. Gamification is also applied in the workplace by having workers gamify daily tasks such as filling out paperwork or submitting expense reports

Gamify Your Marketing Strategy with These 7 Tips

1. Give Away Prizes for Completing Tasks

Giving away rewards to encourage user engagement is a common practice for many companies, and it is extremely effective. Not only does it cost much less than other methods of marketing, but it also fosters a sense of community with the company.

The best prizes are ones that the user can use right then and there, whether they are digital or physical. This promotes instant gratification and an increased level of excitement. Prizes can also be made more sophisticated depending on how much time they want to spend designing them.

2. Offer Incentives for Frequent Check-Ins and Sales Conversions

Offering incentives for regular check-ins or sales conversions can be an effective way of encouraging the user to come back. If they know that they will get something for returning, it is a lot more likely that they will.

This technique has been proven to be successful on social media platforms like Instagram where people are given a specific number of likes and then if they want to get more, then they have to pay money.

3. Add a Sense of Competition with Leaderboards&Achievements

Leaderboards and achievements are two ways to incentivize users through competition.

Leaderboards show how users rank against one another in a specific activity. Achievements are displayed on a profile page, and provide status updates on the user’s progress.

The idea behind leaderboards and achievements is that people like to compete with others, so if they see that they are near the top of a leaderboard or have unlocked an achievement, they will want to keep trying to get higher on the rankings or unlock more achievements.

4. Turn Daily Activities into Games

We are all familiar with the feeling of accomplishment we get when we finish a game and beat it. Wouldn’t it be great if we could bring that feeling into our daily lives?

A growing number of companies have tried to make life more fun by turning everyday activities into games. A mobile app called Hooked encourages people to read books by turning reading into a game. Another app, Habitica, turns tasks like cleaning your room or going to the gym into a game by assigning points for each task completed and health penalties for tasks not completed.

5. Create a Personalized Experience with Lots of Customization Options

Customization is a great way to create an immersive and personalized experience for your customers. It provides your customers with the ability to personalize their experience and feel they are getting something tailored just for them. With the power of customization, you can really get creative with your marketing strategy.

Customization is not just about giving people options but letting them make those choices themselves. They can take a look at what goes into making a product and decide on what they want from that product. This also allows them to express their personality in the products that they buy, which makes it easier for you to find out more about their likes and dislikes. Customization brings out the best in people by giving them choices that they would otherwise never have thought of themselves.

6. Make Tasks Engaging by Adding Levels, Points, or Time Limits

Players with rewards-based incentives are more likely to play the game long-term. Therefore, people should use rewards in order to encourage people to complete their tasks without too much trouble.

Rewards should be based on points or levels. Points could be awarded for achieving things like completing tasks or doing a certain amount of work over time and leveling up could be awarded when the player reaches a certain number of points. These rewards would encourage players to participate in the desired behavior and make it more fun for them as well.

7. Provide Feedback Loops to Recognize Performance and Progress

This is a way for companies to keep track of where an employee is in their career and what they need to do to improve.

All feedback loops provide employees with the opportunity to grow. It also provides the company with an understanding of how well the employee is at their job, what skills they need to work on and how confident they are at different tasks. This information can then be used for training or adjustments within the company.

Feedback loops are a great way for employees and companies alike, because it provides opportunities for growth and necessary skill set adjustments while also providing insight into performance so that employers know where an employee stands in relation to others in their field.



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