Join us behind the scenes as Scott Crabtree develops Choose Happiness @ Work Online—the online version of our popular card game! We’ve received many requests for a version to play with remote teams, and Scott is working to make that a reality! What challenges will he face? What obstacles will he overcome? And most importantly: how will he apply the science of happiness and engagement along the way? Welcome to the journey, where we’ll all find out together!
Episode #1: The Turning Point
Today marks an early turning point in the development of the online version of Choose Happiness @ Work. When I first developed the card game, I already had an online version in mind. But it’s taken me years—and excellent coaching from my colleague Kim—to really get working on it.
In a discussion with Kim, answering her question made me realize that I wanted the online version so much, that I was afraid of it not working out for some reason—and therefore making excuses to avoid getting started.
We talked about “test and learn,” an approach advocated in the great Harvard Business Review article, “How To Stay Stuck in the Wrong Career.” Kim asked me to identify the smallest-but-still-useful amount of time I could consistently give to the project each week. I answered 30 minutes, and then immediately said it felt like it needed to be much more. But Kim (drawing on the idea of creating “microhabits“) coached me to start by making the goal just 30 minutes a week.
Many weeks have passed, and I’ve now completed what I’m calling version 0.01 of Choose Happiness @ Work Online. The Daily Happiness Boost simply shows a random, science-based solution from Choose Happiness @ Work and gives you a chance to share your thoughts with others:
Progress, Not Perfection
Despite this being a very simple web app, almost any app has bugs. Most people do, too, by the way! One of mine is a weakness for finishing projects. I absolutely adore starting projects. I’m excited, and often have creative ideas and make solid progress. But when it’s time to fix the last few bugs and polish the final version, my energy and talent wane.
Even better, I realized partway through our session that Theo might be willing and able to polish up the page and integrate it with HappyBrainScience.com. I asked him about it, and he was happy to take on finishing the project.
Which stage of a project do you like best? Do you have any ability to craft your work to better use your strengths? And how have you gotten “unstuck” in order to make progress on something that matters to you?
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