I mentioned in Game Backlog Tip #3: Determine Your Own Goals that it is important to make short-term goals. Let’s examine why you should make short-term goals, what makes good short-term goals, several types of game backlog goals, examples of game backlog goals, and tools so you can make your own.
Why Make Short-Term Goals
Beating your backlog is a long-term goal so it is important to make short-term goals. Making short-term goals help you translate your long-term goal of beating your game backlog into actions, motivates you, and optimizes your time, increasing your odds of achieving that goal. Measuring your small wins gives you confidence and excitement and help you evaluate your progress and the techniques you followed to get there.
How To Make Good Game Backlog Goals?
A good way to make game backlog goals is to use SMART as a guide for goal setting. SMART is an acronym that stands for Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic, and Timely. For more information, you can read this SMART Goal guide.
An example of a SMART game backlog goal:
I will play Portal 2 for three hours a day and reach the end credits three days from today.
This goal is specific and measurable. It specifies what game I will be playing, how much time I will play a day, when I will finish it and how I will know when I will be finished (reach the end credits).
This goal is achievable and realistic. By using HowLongToBeat.com, I know that it takes 8 ½ hours to reach the end credits of Portal 2. By playing three hours a day I should be able to complete it in three days.
This goal is timely because I have stated that I will start today, giving the goal a start and end date.
What Are The Types Of Game Backlog Goals
There are three main types of short-term game backlog goals: game backlog progress goals, game goals, and session goals.
Game backlog progress goals look at your game backlog as a whole. These types of goals usually ask you to complete a number of games within a time frame or to play a game on your backlog every day.
Game goals look at specific games and what you determine the goals are to beat or complete that game. Examples can be to reach the end credits, find all of the collectibles, or reach the highest level.
Session goals are the goals you want to complete for the next time you play the game. For example, completing a specific level, or unlocking a specific achievement.
Tools For Setting Game Goals
There are three tools I use regularly to help me with my game backlog goals: this blog, Habitica and TrueGaming.
I use MyGameBacklogProgress.com to track and evaluate my game backlog progress. For example, I write monthly progress reports like this one which discusses the games I played, what I like and didn’t like about them, and what challenges I had in completing them. I also write quarterly reviews like this one where I discuss my overall game backlog progress.
Habitica is a free habit-building and productivity app that treats your real life like a game. Join the Clean Out the Backlog! Challenge to help set up your tasks and find others who are doing the same thing.
The TrueGaming sites allow you to create to-do lists, create goals, create game sessions for completing multi-player achievements, and get help from other users. These sites focus on achievements for determining goals. I use it to find easy achievements and to set completion percentage goals.
What types of gaming goals do you like to set? Let me know in the comments.
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