Star charts are very effective at maintaining a behavior change or creating a new habit. They are actually so effective, in fact that parents have been warned about over using them on children. But we're all adults here, so let's keep going.
Star charts tend to be used to get kids to do things, but they can be very effective to get adults do things to. I love them. I personally make my own star chart everytime I have a big goal to acheive. I buy some stickers and HELLO I love to put the stickers on the chart everytime to acheive a result. I've created ones for saving money, gaining new clients to my web app, making videos, daily yoga practice and my social media goals. I'm totally self-gamifying!
Star charts are so much fun, that I thought I'd make y'all a few for free that you can download.
1. 30 day challenge 2. 7 day challenge 3. Group challenge (for 8 people)
Here are some ideas that you can use for these charts
1. 30 day challenge > 30 Day vegan challenge > 30 Days plasticfree challenge
2. 7 day challenge > 7 day ride your bike, car free challenge
3. Group challenge (for 8 people) For families, offices, room mates etc > Composting > Recycling > Bring a reusable water bottle to work > 5 minute showers * * * * * Join us in the Facebook group to leave your comments and ideas about this article. I'd love to hear from you! Check out the otherarticles in the 21 Days of Gamification series.
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Katie Patrick is an environmental engineer and a designer. She helps sustainability professionals, entrepreneaurs and civic innovators to apply powerful techniques in data science, game design and behavioral psychology so they can make epic wins in environmental and social change. She lives in San Francisco with her little daughter Anastasia.
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