27 July 2011

When I saw Jacquelyn Kittredge’s e-bakery blog post about her social media bingo card I got really excited. I love the idea of turning those “I should” daily tasks (like keeping up with your social media) into a fun game.

So I created my own. While I emphasize social media and virtual income generation on my bingo card, I also have included other tasks that I wish I did more often, like entering Quickbooks data and entering Continuing Education Credits for my CPO recertification. I’ve put connecting with current and past clients up in there, too, which is something I don’t take the time to do as often as I might.

Here’s a photo of my bingo card. I printed the tasks out in a nice font on white paper and used scrapbook paper to create the pretty background 2- x 2-inch squares. (I affixed the white paper to the scrapbook paper using Glue Dots.) I purchased a 12- x 12-inch square magnetic bulletin board from the Container Store. And I just use magnets on the front of the squares to stick them to the board.

Bingo card ready to be worked

There are plenty of tasks to choose from.

Here’s my bingo card after a little effort. I ended up getting a triple bingo on this card!

Bingo card with one row covered


Here’s how I play:

  • When I do a task, I cover that square with a 1.5- x 2-inch Post-It® note.
  • If I get the required number of tasks done in a row (four or five, depending on the row), I get bingo! And I feel very satisfied.
  • If I got a bingo the day before, I rearrange the bingo spots randomly
  • If I didn’t get bingo the day before, I remove the post-its but don’t rearrange the spots

So far, no more reward then the satisfaction of getting bingo is required.

I’ve just been doing this for a little while, but it’s provided a fun way to get some stuff done. I’m amazed at how motivated I am by getting a bingo. I guess I’m a child at heart.

I realize that to make this a true bingo card I need to add a row of tasks. I didn’t have room on this particular board, so I didn’t. But soon I think I’ll replace the BINGO row with five more tasks and increase the degree of difficulty a bit.

Thank you, Jacquelyn, for the great inspiration! You can also check out the bingo card created by Maryann Devine of Smarts and Culture. Maybe it’s a trend that will sweep the nation!

ETA: Check out my Bingo update and my Bingo anniversary posts, which detail some of the improvements I made to my Bingo board since writing this blog post. Also, I got so excited about bingo that I created an Organizing Guide about it. The five-page Guide gives instructions on creating a board, guidance on ways to use the concept, and rules I created for using it. See my Organizing Guides page for information on purchasing it.

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This is GENIUS!!!!

i LOVE THIS (in case you didn’t notice)


Jill 07/27/2011 10:44 AM

Best comment ever! Thanks so much, Jill. I’m glad it excites you as much as it excites me!

Janine Adams 07/27/2011 06:01 PM

Janine – Your Bingo card is beautiful!
Don’t forget to sing the B-I-N-G-O song after you win – it also helps to do a little jig.

Jacquelyn Kittredge 07/28/2011 06:13 AM

Jacquelyn, thank you for the inspiration to do the bingo card in the first place. I’ll remember to sing the B-I-N-G-O song today when I get a bingo!

Janine Adams 07/28/2011 06:17 AM

Hey, I would like to say that I like your site and I loved this post. I like to make my own bingo cards and I usually use . I think people may find that tool helpful.

Thanks, get up the good work,

jason 09/05/2011 01:15 AM

This idea is great. Congrats!

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That’s a fantastic way to get going in the Social Media realm. I’m well and truly chuffed to see something of that nature up on a wall. I too use all manner of resources to get my social networking as efficient as possible. What I like most are the Facebook apps, the Twitter feeds and the Digg and other little options available. I think the more you can get your message out there – with your target audience – the more popular your blog will be. I write for a bingo blog and it’s pretty interesting to see how many likes and tweets are going around the web for the blog! This is great – I really like this idea as I love BINGO!!!

Kirsty Lee Thomas 10/15/2011 11:28 AM

This is really great. I’m impressed with the level of management skills you’ve got going on this bingo board. The social media bingo cards represent a novel concept in organizing information. I’m just wondering what types of bingo activities fall under the letters B-I-N-G-O. In regular bingo the I is for numbers 1 through 15 and so forth – how does it work with your setup?

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