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Enter SuperBetter.

SuperBetter is a thing I discovered awhile ago when it was first being released to the public. When I started doing it, I thought, Fuck, this is a tool people need to know about!

How it basically works is this. You pick an issue (the game is geared at the moment for people recovering from mental or physical difficulties but you can pick any issue you want to improve in your life) to focus on and set an achievable goal to deal with it. You then outline what specific elements of your issue you struggle with and what things help you to cope (Bad Guys and Power Ups, respectively). Then you define Quests which help you combat challenges related to your goal. You can have Allies to help or do it completely alone. Your Epic Win comes when you’ve surpassed the issue and reached the personal goal you set at the beginning of the game.

I don’t want to sum up the details of the game (which you can read about on their site) so much as I want to talk about my experiences with this game and why I find it such an effective tool. When I found the game, I was in something of a creative and mental slump. The Epic Win goal I set for myself was this: Start working on a meaningful project.

I defined my Bad Guys as things like apathy; boredom; getting nothing done; etc. Every time I felt a day had gone by wherein I did nothing, felt like shit, and couldn’t get motivated, I’d check off one of these as a loss. This helped me gauge my failures and made them tangible.

I defined my Power Ups as things that always help me feel motivated and inspired, like going out; drinking tea/coffee; eating well; etc. The idea is to do at least three of your Power Ups a day, and they can be as big as going to an amusement park to as small as going to the mailbox depending on what gets you motivated. This helped me define what actually does make me feel inspired and enthusiastic about life.

Lastly, I defined my Quests as things obviously related to my main goal: write; draw; do a comic; make a blog post; and my personal favorite, give a shit about something. When you are feeling unmotivated and worthless, sometimes it’s all you can do to point to one thing in your day that you truly cared about.

My Quests helped me gauge my successes and made them tangible. And this is what I think the biggest strength of SuperBetter is. It helps you help yourself by getting you to define the parameters of your issues; helping you create tangible, reachable goals; giving you a measurement of your success and setbacks; and keeping you motivated by making your goal and how you reach it visible. There have always been things that made me feel good and things that set me back, but it wasn’t until I defined them and could check them off a list when they occurred that I really felt they mattered. And when I felt like they mattered, I felt motivated to change.

For people who really are interested in self-improvement and working to recover from an issue or develop something positive in themselves, I can’t recommend SuperBetter enough. There are so many aspects to the game that you can choose to utilize a few of them or all of them and still get whatever you need from it. There are no penalties for how you play. It lets you play it how you want to play it which makes it incredibly versatile.

Quit reading this post and go check this shit out! SuperBetter!


Why I Don’t Use Twitter

I really wanted to get into Twitter.

I got my account all set up when it was fresh and new, and since people in my corner of the internet at the time were using Twitter as a way to alert their readers about important events that might affect their project, I figured I had good enough motivation to start. So I had my Twitter account and my Twitter sidebar widget and my Twitter enthusiasm ready to go. I wrote my first entry. I tepidly wrote in a few more. And then I didn’t update the damn thing for over ten months.

I really wanted to tweet. But I only wanted to tweet when I felt like I had something important to say. I just had a really good sandwich? Eh. The sandwich was 79 dollars? Interesting, but…hmm. The sandwich turned out to have a chunk of gold in it WORTH 10,298 DOLLARS?! Ooh! Ooh!

But then I’d forget to tweet it! And the moment would pass, and I would look over at my dusty Twitter widget and think, …Is it too late to mention that gold thing? Or it….wait. Yeah. So I’d wait for the next tweet opportunity. And then I’d forget about it, and a few more months would go by wherein I would fail to update anyone on the micro-content of my life.

Recently I thought about trying again. Twitter is kind of a fun concept, really. I like the idea of it. People who use it really seem to have fun. And they get to use those apps to obsessively read up every time someone finds their sock or decides on a name for their new kitten. I thought about setting up a new account and forcing myself to tweet every day, maybe every hour. Just find something to tweet about. Find something to say, anything.

“Got up. I’m up. I’m tired. Is it really 2 PM?!”

“Tea? Not yet. I’ll make some in a few hours.”

“TEA OR COFFEE? This is the kind of decision I have to make every morning!”

“…Or wait, it’s afternoon now. Sorry.”

“Well, I decided to make that tea. It’s English Breakfast. My favorite.”

“I really like black tea because asdfdfghljhadhgf”

“Went for a drive. Had existential crisis.”

“Lake was nice though.”

Part of my problem is the amount of effort required to make a post every half hour. I’m not really around an internet connected device often enough to commit to posting every moment like that. I would think to myself, is this worth getting on the computer to write about? Nah… And then the whole cycle would start again. I’d be lucky to make a post once a day, and then months would pass and TWITTER EXPERIENCE CANCELED.

Oh well. I tried.