International Writers Inspiring Change book review: Gameful Project Management, by Victoria Ichizli-Bartels

Gameful Project Management: Self-Gamification Based Awareness Booster for Your Project Management Success, by Victoria Ichizli-Bartels, is a manual that shows one how to turn one’s life into a game. As pointed out by the author, we are often told as we grow up that one has to take life seriously, implying that the task of living, working and surviving is not necessarily fun, and in fact, fun and fulfillment are not even factored into the equation which we are taught to believe are primarily focused on the elements of survival – aka, money.
In her book, the author presents simple techniques of gamification, self-rewards and a perspective of approaching one’s life and one’s projects and goals, as a game, turning the undesirable into something more rewarding, and focusing our attention on enjoying each step, each small accomplishment, all of it, as if we are playing the game of life, and not the reverse, where life is playing us. I think its most powerful message, above and beyond the approaches presented, is the overriding fact that one must assume the perspective that we are the designers and players of our own game, no one else, and when one assumes that perspective and starts to build one’s daily routines and one’s longer range goals around this, life starts to morph into the game we create – and that is where the magic and fun come into play.

Review by International Writers Inspiring Change

About Victoria Ichizli-Bartels

Victoria Ichizli-Bartels lives her life as if it were a game and never wants to stop playing. Author of “Self-Gamification Happiness Formula,” “5 Minute Perseverance Game” and instructor of the online course “Motivate Yourself by Turning Your Life Into Fun Games,” Victoria developed self-gamification, an innovative method for approaching your life as games and having fun in the process.
Victoria is a writer with a background in semiconductor physics, electronic engineering (with a Ph.D.), information technology, and business development. While being a non-gamer, Victoria came up with the new term self-gamification, a gameful and playful self-help approach bringing anthropology, kaizen, and gamification based methods together to increase quality of life.
Victoria was born in Moldova, lived in Germany for twelve years, and now lives in Aalborg, Denmark, with her husband and two children. If you would like to subscribe to Victoria’s blog, newsletter, or both, visit

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