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Turning My Video Game Time into Research


I got a mild cold last week, and partially lost my voice, so I wasn't able to get my usual YouTube video out. I was able to get a script written and a thumbnail created, so I should be able to get it done for next week!

I was also able to make progress on my gamified task manager in an unexpected way.

Story time!

Back in 2021 I was looking everywhere for a Nintendo Switch to buy. As you may recall, it was difficult to find a Switch in those days due to the pandemic and everyone looking for ways to pass the time. I managed to find a few at Walmart, but they were all the Animal Crossing version. I didn't play Animal Crossing at the time, but I really wanted a Switch, so I bought it.

Fast forward to this past week, I finally picked up a copy of Animal Crossing to pass the time while I was sick. Not only did it sound like a fun way to pass the time, it was also a good opportunity to do some research since the game portion of my gamified task manager is in the same genre (life sim).

I've enjoyed my time with the game so far! It's been interesting seeing the similarities and differences between Animal Crossing and another favorite life sim of mine, Stardew Valley. I've taken the time to document the features of each of these games, giving me several lists I can refer to as I continue to develop my gamified task manager.

Who said playing video games had to be a waste of time, eh? 😆


I completed my collection of Sketchnotes on the book Atomic Habits at the end of last year. Here's a link to the collection in case you missed any:

Atomic Habits
By James Clear


As I've been working on gamifying productivity, I was reminded of an article I wrote last year about productivity lessons we could learn from Harry Potter:

How to Use the “Expecto Patronum” Spell from Harry Potter in Real Life
I found a way to create real life magic! I’ve been reading a book for my day job titled Engineering Management for the Rest of Us, in which the author, Sarah Drasner, quoted another book titled The Happiness Advantage by Shawn Achor. The quote is as follows: “Students who were