Achievements are these little awards that Xbox and game developers do for completing a specific task. For example one achievement in a game may be to shoot 100 guys in the head. After you do this over the course of your game a little message pops up with a sound effect that says you got the achievement and how many points it was worth. They are not needed to beat the game, just added to make games more fun and re-playable. Well, for me I can tell you that they drive me to play more. In some cases it begins to feel less like play and more like work to get them. I can't relax until I feel like I accomplished something.
In a lot of ways it's a curse to feel obligated to do tasks before I can relax. I need to achieve something before I can do nothing. However, if it wasn't for this mentality, I may never have been able to do my exercises everyday and get my weight down. I usually go right after work. There are plenty of times that I want to put it off, but then the idea of working out later haunts me and it is all I can think about. So I I get to it. I need that daily achievement.
I'm not sure why I went on this rant, just something I was thinking about recently.