Exercise Bingo w Your Colleagues
My Office has been working from home for months, so long I can’t even remember when we started exactly anymore. A couple of weeks back, this Covid-19 and WFH situation started to take a toll on my team. We were absent, overwhelmed and just, exhausted. So since then, we’ve been trying different ways to help each other cope better and this is one of the ideas I want to share so that hopefully, more people can play and benefit from it.
To Get Going:
- Determine the duration given to complete the Bingo Sheet, for example 1 week.
- Define “complete”. Is it 1 line, 3 lines? 1 T-shape? Everything?
- Decide if there are going to be winners / prizes.
- Share the Bingo Sheet together with the rules you decided above.
- Start playing!
The Design Behind This Activity
Recently, I have seen many people sharing about exercising together online. At first I thought we can do the same, just set a time, find a video and send the meeting invite. And we can, if I am happy with just 5 people accepting and attending.
My company has 3 offices operating in 3 different times zones. Couple that with Ramadan, it is difficult to plan a single time slot where everyone can comfortably come online and exercise together. Hence, the common zoom session will not work very well. Besides, I hope that the exercise will not be a one time session, will not be boring after a while if it is regular, and will not always be initiated by the same person.
I wanted people to feel comfortable to take this chance to get to know more people within the company, to know each other better, to try new things, and be a little more creative while exercising. And that’s how the bingo idea and all the elements within came about.
One of the first decisions to make was how “big” the sheet will be. I opted for a 3x3 grid because I had the intention of limiting the duration of the Bingo to a week. This is also something I am proposing for the first time, so I wanted to start small first. And also because I cannot think of enough fun ideas to make a 4x4 grid.
The next design decision was the arrangement of the conditions. Most people read from top to bottom, left to right for the English language. This means the top 3 conditions have to be easy and fun enough for people to continue reading the rest. This is important because if the first impression people get is the Bingo is difficult and boring, chances are they will not play.
Anyone who has played tic-tac-toe will know that in a 3x3 grid, the 4 corners and middle spots are the most strategic. So I put the conditions I want people to fulfill more in these spots. Building relations and being creative are more important to me than other goals, so the related conditions are placed there. The difficulty of the conditions was also another consideration, so the easier ones are also at the corners.
Thank you for reading through my long winded explanation! But now, you know the thought process and considerations behind my bingo sheet, instead of just taking the sheet above as it is, try modifying it to suit your company and your goals. Maybe, you guys prefer cooking to exercising ;) Have fun!