It was bound to happen. Jokes and lists about "you know you've been playing too much [your MMO] when..." abound. Suggestions for balancing your real life with gaming are almost as numerous. They're truth in jest, sometimes hitting a little too close to home because -- let's be honest -- who has not procrastinated on something like taking out the trash until they just kill one last boss or wrap up one last quest?
On the other hand, there's a potential for an upside to the real life/gaming crossover. For example, one particularly awesome teen
got in great shape by applying gaming principles to his life. Treating his goals and challenges like a game -- "your score has to be high at the end of the day"
-- took him pretty far and it was only a matter of time before someone else picked up on the idea.
Meet the real-life quest tracker
. This clever little tool lets you add quests, sort them into categories, keep up with their completion status, and even add your own quest summaries. It's a free download, and all ready for you to use. Quest rewards are entirely up to you, of course.
Bonus points if you pick up every pop culture reference in the example.