Tips and Tricks for Recovering from Burnout

It’s Wiki Wednesday! Once a month we highlight a helpful post from the Wiki with tips about productivity, wellness, and optimizing your use of Habitica!

Resting in Inn by draayder


It’s a rare Habitican who has never experienced a complete lack of motivation to do the things they know they “should” be doing. The helpful Wiki Scribes have documented some suggestions for tweaking your Habitica setup so that it works for you.

Players experience Burnout when they no longer care about completing tasks, and the rewards and penalties in Habitica are no longer motivating. Burnout can occur when the game becomes too easy or too hard, when tasks become tedious, or when changes occur in the player’s life.

To learn more (and to take a look at the convenient reference chart), head on over to the wiki to read the full article! You might also want to take a look at the wiki article on Obstacles, which we briefed here.




Welcome to the Contributor Spotlight Series, where we interview amazing members of the Habitica community! Today we’re chatting with Cantras, one of our Moderators and Challengers. She helps to answer questions and safeguard the community, along with keeping Challenges running smoothly.

Cantras, how did you get involved with Habitica?

“I probably came to Habitica from a Reddit post, since I used to spend far too much time there. Then I mostly helped out in the Tavern and Newbies guild. I think I got noticed as maybe-future-moderator after trying to mediate a heated discussion in the Back Corner. Also, I run the monthly Habitversary Challenges and the matching blog.”

What’s your proudest contribution to Habitica?

“The Elven Grove Guild — where people can point out challenges that are past their expiration date (‘Push-up challenge June 2014’) or otherwise in need of help, and get it taken care of. I think the Tavern Challenge list is 2/3 the length it was when I started, and there’s a lot fewer questions in the Tavern like ‘I’ve been in this challenge a long time, is it EVER going to close?'”

What are your secret superpowers?

squirrel wrangling Weapons-grade diplomacy, and enough skill in Google Translate to sometimes make users think I actually speak their language. Also, I have two toenails on my left pinky toe.”

What are your secret weaknesses?

“I can focus forever on a distraction — like spending 20 minutes leaning over my squirrel tank just watching her run on her wheel — but I have to buckle down with headphones and StayFocusd and so on to focus on something productive, even fun-productive, for more than a few minutes at a time.”

What are your favorite Habitican pets/mounts?

“I’m partial to the dragons, but I’m also a fan of the ones that make me laugh when I hatch them — the red rock, the egg mounts, the skeleton snail.”

What are some things you’re tracking in Habitica?

“All the things. Stuff I want to read, things I want to learn, skills I want to develop. And also making sure I eat breakfast and get sleep.”

What do you like to do in your free time?

“Lately it’s been a lot of Pokemon Go (if we walk until the dog is worn out, it counts as my fitness daily!) , but it’s also reading books and articles, and playing board/card games. I love Lords of Waterdeep, and we play a lot of Ascension.”

What are your top Habitica tips and tricks?

“People in Habitica talk a lot about what works for them — steal their ideas! Not everything will work for you, but if someone’s gushing about StayFocusd or Pomodoro method or flossing or meditating or Duolingo, investigate! I’d probably speak German, Esperanto, and Spanish by now if I’d checked out Duolingo the first time someone gushed about how great it was.”

Where do you like to hang out in Habitica?

“I hang out on my task page or else I’ll forget what it was I was in the middle of doing, but I almost always have the Chrome Chat Extension running for the Tavern and the Newbies guild. I’m also in the Legendary Book Club, because books!”


Guest Post: Does Time Tracking Actually Help You Get More Done?

Today we’re excited to bring you a guest post from Kat Boogaard, one of our productivity pals at Toggl! Read on to learn about our awesome integration, as well as how you can use Toggl and Habitica together to achieve your goals.


If you’re not tracking your time, your work towards your goals might proceed at a snail’s pace.

What would life (and productivity, for that matter) be like if time simply wasn’t an issue? Well, if you ask us, the answer is, “Pretty darn boring.”

We know—sometimes time is that pesky thing that you feel like you never quite have enough of. But, more often than not, it’s actually a pretty awesome motivator.

Perhaps you’re racing against time to defuse a bomb in your favorite video game. Maybe you’re racking your brain for the right answer while the Jeopardy theme song plays in the background along with that classic, faintly ticking clock. Or maybe you’re on a training run, attempting to beat your previous personal best mile time.

In all of those instances, time is the very thing that lights a fire under your butt and inspires you to focus, keep your nose to the grindstone, and get stuff done. So, is it any wonder then, that tracking your beloved time could be just what you need to kickstart your productivity?

Personally, we’re big believers in time-tracking. And, using the seamless Toggl integration combined with the gamification approach of Habitica, keeping a watchful eye on how you spend your hours couldn’t be easier—meaning you can instantly unlock the secret sauce to using your time more effectively and more efficiently with just the click of a button.

Not totally convinced that you’re ready to start the clock? Well, we’re here to change your mind. Here are three key benefits that come along with tracking your time. If nothing else, we’re willing to bet you have the Jeopardy theme song stuck in your head now.

  1. Increased Awareness

Let’s start with one of the most obvious benefits first, shall we? Keeping a close watch on your time will likely mean that you naturally waste much less of it.

Why? Well, for starters, it instills a certain sense of urgency. Think of it as racing yourself—you’re eager to get as much productive work done in a single time block as you possibly can. Knowing that you have a running clock ticking away inspires you to keep focused on the task at hand.

Secondly, tracking your time achieves the not-so-simple task of raising awareness about where all of your precious hours are going. Perhaps it’ll bring you to the realization that you’re spending two hours per day on your inbox—something you could easily cut down. Or, maybe you’ll be slapped with the rude awakening that tasks that should take you thirty minutes are taking you an hour—because you’re falling into the trap of mindless internet surfing.

Regardless of what conclusion you come to, tracking your time is sure to be an enlightening experience. After all, there’s no way to know how much time you’re wasting without actually tracking it.

And, the best part? Your increased awareness is then sure to result in increased efficiency. Think about a marathon runner, for example: Their goal is to always beat their previous personal best time. With a time-tracker in your arsenal, you can approach your work tasks with a similar mentality—further adding to the gamification of productivity you already enjoy with Habitica.

  1. Improved Processes

Your workload is fluid—it’s always changing. So, that means your approach to that work should be flexible as well.

However, all too often, we find ourselves completely married to a routine. We stand firm in our workflows not necessarily because they’re efficient or productive, but because we’ve simply always done things that way.

Unfortunately, that can lead to a lot of bottlenecks throughout your workday—places where you’re getting stuck, simply because your process doesn’t quite gel with your work anymore. Enter the miracle of time-tracking.

Your timer will make it easy to identify those places where things are getting road blocked and held up. And, then? You can take that valuable information to tweak and improve your own processes to always maximize your effectiveness and efficiency.

Remember, your approach doesn’t have to be set in stone, and time-tracking will make it that much easier to adapt and adjust when the time comes.

  1. A More Realistic Workload

Have you ever heard of the Planning Fallacy? This psychological concept asserts that we all have the tendency to severely underestimate the amount of time a specific task will take us. We’re all a little too optimistic, apparently.

While that may allow you to approach your day with a positive feeling, it typically always leads to disaster. That to-do list you were so sure you could conquer in eight hours is left mostly unfinished, and you wrap up your day feeling completely discouraged and disheartened.

Being more realistic about your workload is yet another key benefit of tracking the amount of time different tasks and projects take you. When planning out your day or your week, you can have actual information about how much time specific things take. You no longer need to make your best (absurdly optimistic) guess—you can now form your plans based in actual reality.

Ending each day feeling productive and accomplished, rather than frustrated and frazzled? Well, if that’s not a convincing enough benefit, we don’t know what is.

Many people roll their eyes at the thought of tracking their time—after all, it just seems like one more thing you need to add to your ever-growing to-do list. However, time-tracking is not only incredibly easy (particularly when directly integrated with Habitica!), but it’s also super beneficial.

By keeping a watchful eye on how you’re spending your minutes, you’ll wind up with less wasted time, an improved approach to your work, and a more realistic handle on just how much you can get done in any given day.

If you consider yourself a time-tracking skeptic, do us a favor and at least give it a try. We’re willing to bet you’ll be humming a different tune (ahem, we’re putting money down on the Jeopardy theme song) in no time.

BEHIND THE SCENES: Seasonal Events!

The “Behind The Scenes” series is a chance for us to give you a glimpse into the inner workings of HabitRPG, Inc., the company that makes Habitica. Every so often, we’ll treat you to some silly staff shenanigans or show you the work that goes into your favorite features. Enjoy!


What would Habitica be without our four Grand Galas to celebrate the passage of the seasons?

Believe it or not, the first event was created on a whim by Leslie, whose fondness for seasonal decoration eventually led to her becoming the Seasonal Sorceress in-game.  Shortly before Habitica’s first Halloween, she whipped up a set of monster skins for fun and we stuck them on the site as a silly extra… and were blown away by the delighted response from our community.

The original Spooky Skin set, now retired, that was thrown together in a single morning, and the improved Supernatural Skin set, which we now release every fall.

Emboldened by the success, we began to plan out a more ambitious winter event, involving decorations for the Non-Player Characters around the site, a winter-themed quest,  limited-edition winter equipment, snowballs that turned your Party-mates into snowmen…. and the rest is history.

So what goes into making a Seasonal Event?

Answer: a lot of work.

Some of Leslie’s original quick scribbles, brainstorming possible Summer Splash outfits…
…and the eventual pixel art that resulted! (Note that the designs were spread out over two separate years. We plan these things far in advance!)


Leslie usually has brainstorming sessions a few times a year where she batch-plans events, including art, potential features, and quests. When we’re a few months out from the start of the event, it’s time to talk to Sabe about what’s needed from a programming perspective, to make sure that enough time is budgeted. Finally, the new art assets are all completed a month or so before the event launches, so that we have time to build it out!

If you summon the Mysterious Time Travelers during a Grand Gala, you’ll see them dressed for the opposite season. That’s partially a joke, but it’s also partially a nod to our users from the Southern Hemisphere. Though the vast majority of Habiticans live in the Northern Hemisphere, we didn’t want our friends below the equator to be forgotten!

We quickly figured out that prioritizing things that could be repeated each year would free us up to keep innovating. That first year of events was pretty exhausting to implement, simply given the sheer number of new assets and features that all had to be prepared at once, but now we can reuse lots of art, code, and content. That leaves us free to add something new and interesting every year without burning out!

A sneak peek of spooky things to come…

Now Leslie and Sabe aren’t doing it all by themselves anymore — Beffymaroo and various pixel art contributors pitch in! Even so, it still takes a lot of cooperation, coordination, and commitment to bring you a new Grand Gala. But when we see how much fun the community has, it makes it all worthwhile.

Until next time!

Getting Involved with Habitica’s Community



In addition to being a task manager for individuals, Habitica has an active community! If you’re interested in learning more about getting involved, there are a variety of Guilds that can help you get your feet wet.

Aspiring Legends:

One of the things that makes Habitica unique is that we’re open-source, which means that   anyone can contribute to the site and apps! Lots of our code, pixel art, music, and quests were contributed by awesome volunteers who earned plenty of contributor rewards as a result. Learn more about contributing in this Guild!
Guild Leaders and Challenge Creators

This is a place for existing and prospective Guildmasters to ask or share advice on running engaging and active guilds, and for aspiring Challenge creators to gain inspiration from others. Who knows, maybe one day your Guild will be featured on this blog…

Wizards of the Wiki:

The Habitica wiki is a tremendous resource thanks to the hard work of the many volunteers who edit it and make translations. This guild is a place to coordinate edits, to learn the ropes, and to just hang out! Current and future volunteers are welcome.

We look forward to seeing you in the community!


USER SPOTLIGHT: Thomas Frank of College Info Geek!

Welcome to the User Spotlight Series, where we talk with Habitica users who are experts in their fields. First up is Thomas Frank, the studying savant behind College Info Geek!


Hey Tom! Tell us a little about yourself.

“Hi there! My name is Thomas Frank, and I’m a guy from Iowa who spends an inordinate amount of time talking into microphones. I run College Info Geek, which is a YouTube channel, podcast, and blog that helps students learn better and become more productive. I also co-host an uncensored personal finance podcast called Listen Money Matters.”

How did you start using Habitica?

“I found Habitica back in 2014 shortly after I read The Power of Habit and The Motivation Hacker. This was around the same time I had found Beeminder as well, so I started using both in tandem and generally started taking my habits seriously.

This turned out to be one of the most important decisions I’ve ever made; up until that point, my business’ growth had been flatlining and my personal habits weren’t the best. After I started using both apps, my site’s growth took off due to a consistent publishing schedule, and my daily routine got a lot more productive. I also started making YouTube videos around that time, which really accelerated things.”

What some things you’re tracking in Habitica?

“Right now I only use Habitica for Dailies; it works in tandem with Asana for team-based tasks, Fitocracy for fitness tracking, and Beeminder for extra-hardcore publishing accountability. My current Dailies list includes:

  • Do the 7-minute workout
  • Fill the exercise bar on my Apple Watch (these first two ensure I’m exercising every day, but I also go to the gym regularly)
  • Plan next day (before bed)
  • Floss
  • Do a nightly exercise/stretching routine
  • Clear room to neutral (close all tabs, shut off computer, clean off desk, organize room)

I got knocked off my more ambitious routine this summer due to travel and some crazy work projects, so this small-ish dailies list is helping me build back up.”

You’re always juggling a lot of cool projects. What are you working on right now?

“We just finished working on a brand new edition of our student resources page, which also now includes a college packing guide. Now that we’re done with v1.0 of those pages, we’ll be starting work on our first online course very soon!”

Where do you like to hang out in Habitica?

“Lately I’ve been really working to reduce the amount of time I spend managing my productivity tools, so I’ve pretty much been logging in to check off my Dailies. My friend Martin runs our party, so I let him pick the quests we work on.

However, I did start the College Info Geeks guild, which now has over 7,200 members!”

What advice do you have for people during this Back-to-School season?

“I always find that it’s easier to make habit changes during a ‘turning point’ – a new semester, new job, new home, etc. I always liked to use my new semesters as reset periods; they provided me with motivation to set my schedule and habits to where I’d like them to be. Here are some more new semester tips if you’re curious!”

Any personal tips/tricks for using Habitica for studying?

“Experiment with making your Dailies and Habits either input-based or output-based. When I started using Habitica, I had an input-based daily reading goal: Read for 20 minutes. However, I found myself spending much of that 20 minutes daydreaming, so I wouldn’t make much progress in my book. To fix that, I switched my goal over to reading 25 pages a day – that incentivized me to stay on task while reading, and as a result I was able to read over 3,000 pages during a 3-month reading challenge.”

Thanks, Tom!

Want to learn more about studying with Habitica? Check out our School Resources!

Boss Battles

It’s Wiki Wednesday! Once a month we highlight a helpful post from the Wiki with tips about productivity, wellness, and optimizing your use of Habitica!



Every once in a while, a Habitican will mention that their party is currently engaged in fighting one particular boss, and someone will nod sagely and say, “Ah, yes, that’s a tough one.” But if you’d like to peek at the relative difficulty level of boss fights before you buy that quest scroll for your party, the Wiki Scribes have compiled a handy-dandy reference chart for ease of adventuring!

A Boss’s Health is usually a good indicator of how long a quest is going to take and how difficult it will be. The more Health a Boss has, the longer it will take a party to defeat it. For example; a party of four that does not have a Mage or Warrior and deals an average of 10 damage per player, will take 40 days to defeat a Boss with 1200 HP but only 10 days to defeat a Boss with 400 HP.

To learn more (and to take a look at the convenient reference chart), head on over to the wiki to read the full article!

BEHIND THE SCENES: Unconventional Post!

The “Behind The Scenes” series is a chance for us to give you a glimpse into the inner workings of HabitRPG, Inc., the company that makes Habitica. Every so often, we’ll treat you to some silly staff shenanigans or show you the work that goes into your favorite features. Enjoy!

One of the best things about working on Habitica is hearing about all the ways that people have succeeded with Habitica, whether it’s working on their graduate school studies,  battling a difficult mental illness, or brushing their teeth. While we’ve been giving out Unconventional Armor since the days when we were HabitRPG, we recently hit upon a solution that enabled even more Habiticans to don masks and capes: trading postcards!

Except…we may have slightly underestimated the demand.

Stack of postcards
This is just ONE of the deliveries waiting for us when we get into the office.

As the cards kept flooding into the office, other companies who we share the space with started asking us questions.

One person actually said, “It’s like the North Pole in here!”

Some artistically-inclined Habiticans even included art! Here’s a small sampling:

However, the flip side of all of this awesome mail is that we promised to send a card for a card. That’s a lot of cards!

From the desk of Lemoness….
…while redphoenix staked out her parents’ dining room table.

We’ve even conscripted requested the assistance of some of our hardworking staff and mods to help us reply back in a timely fashion. There’s still a lot more to go….

A stack like this goes out once or twice a week!

In the meantime, Lemoness and redphoenix take a break from postcards by putting some up in the office, as promised.


Just one side of the column for now, but there’s enough to cover the entire column AND the walls.

We’re still slowly going through the postcards and will be replying to all of the ones postmarked by the deadline, so if you haven’t gotten a postcard back yet, it might still be in the “to be answered” pile. It’s a big pile, but we’re dedicated to getting back to you all! Especially if this peacock has anything to say about it.

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“What are you DOING in there?”






Welcome to the Contributor Spotlight Series, where we interview amazing members of the Habitica community! Today we’re chatting with Beffymaroo, one of our Moderators and Artisans. She helps to keep the community safe, and frequently creates pixel art for us.

Beffymaroo, how did you get involved with Habitica?

“I saw a post about it on Lifehacker and decided to give it a shot! I pretty much fell in love with the site, the ‘gameplay’ and the community immediately — hence it is the only to-do list system that I’ve consistently used for over 2 1/2 years now!”

What’s your proudest contribution to Habitica?

“Hmm. I’m very proud of my pixel art for sure, but I think I’m the most proud of my Socialite and Moderator work. Helping people out and keeping Habitica a safe, happy place for our players is so important to me — it’s a really unique little spot on the internet in the best possible way.”

What are your secret superpowers?

“I’m a super empath!”

What are your secret weaknesses?

“I’m a super empath!

This can be really great and helpful, when it helps you relate to people and connect with them, even when you may not have a lot in common, but it can also be stressful and emotionally exhausting!”

What are your favorite Habitican pets/mounts?

“Oh, that is a tough one. I have to say the deer pets/mounts (as you might guess!!) and the Floral Pets/Mounts are my favorites at the moment.”promo_floral_potions2

What some things you’re tracking in Habitica?

“Haha, everything! Cleaning, craft projects, my work for Habitica — and, importantly, tasks that assist me in self-care and mental health!”

What do you like to do in your free time?

“I love cooking and reading. Also I have a loooong list of favorite TV shows. And I like to sew things! A lot of costumes for fantasy and re-enactment events I participate in, but also sometimes regular clothes. Oh, also said fantasy and re-enactment events — like Renaissance faires. My Mod avatar (made by the fantastic Lemoness!) is based on a photo of me in character at one such event.”

What are your top Habitica tips and tricks?

“Get social! Or even better, become a contributor! The site and its mechanics and gameplay are awesome, but I think one huge thing really helps people stick around long-term is the great community we have, from staff to contributors to just regular old friendly Habiticans who are happy to answer questions and motivate each other, as well as add to and improve Habitica itself!”

Where do you like to hang out in Habitica?

“You can often find me in Pixels In Progress or Anxiety Alliance guilds! I also am usually hanging out in the Tavern, though I’m quiet sometimes!”

Beffymaroo Art Promo



Welcome to the Staff Spotlight Series, where we interview members of the Habitica Team! Today we’re chatting with Phillip, also known as viirus. Phillip lives in Germany and is the chief developer of the Habitica iOS and Android apps. It’s thanks to his hard work that we can access Habitica on the go! 

Phillip, what’s your proudest contribution to Habitica?

“That would be the Habitica iOS app. It’s the first iOS app I wrote that actually got finished and released. Even though I’m still not entirely satisfied with it, I’m super proud of how it’s turned out so far.”

What are your secret superpowers?

“A few people have called me a cat whisperer, because on several occasions cats that normally hate new people got very attatched to me in short periods of time. As for more work-related superpowers, I learn and adapt new technologies and systems pretty fast.”

What are your secret weaknesses?

“I’m really bad at knowing when I have to take a break and relax before it is too late. Also, relaxing itself is pretty hard for me, when I keep thinking of how much more I could get done!”

Favorite Habitican pets/mounts:

“Any color variation of the panda pet. They all look like they would be good to cuddle!”

panda promo

What some things you’re tracking in Habitica?

“I mostly use Habitica to track my day-to-day tasks, like eating at regular times or cleaning.”

How do you use Custom Rewards?

“I dislike the idea of not being allowed to treat myself to something when I need it, just because I haven’t done enough work to earn it yet, so I don’t actually use any custom rewards. But rumor has it that I do allow myself to buy bigger Lego sets only after finishing big tasks.”

Do you have a daily routine/ritual?

“I try to, but I’m too disorganized. I really want to structure my day better and keep regular hours for sleeping, eating and work, but I am not there yet. I hope that with the help of some new Dailies, I will be able to change that soon.”

How do you spend your time when you’re not working on Habitica?

“The few times I manage to break away from work, I usually play video games (recently a lot of No Man’s Sky), binge watch TV shows, and occasionally tinker with electronics projects. Building Legos is also something that really relaxes me. When my growing collection recently tried to take over my workspace, I had to dissemble some, which means I will have to build them again. Twice the fun!”

Top Habitica tips and tricks?

“This might a very basic tip, but it’s really valuable: don’t add too many Dailies and don’t have too many of them active on any given day. It’s easy to end up overwhelmed and then miss important ones.”

Favorite Habitica anecdote?


“Back when I started working on the iOS app, it was originally meant as a side project to practice building iOS apps. I only started it because I grew frustrated with the old HabitRPG  app. After working on it on-and-off for about a year, I got a message asking me if I was interested in open-sourcing it as the new official Habitica app, and I eventually started working as a contractor. After a few months, I left my old job and started working for Habitica full time.”

Want to learn more about the people who make Habitica? Check out our other posts in this series:
Spotlight on Vicky AKA Redphoenix
Spotlight on Leslie AKA Lemoness
Spotlight on Sabe AKA SabreCat

Spotlight on Matteo AKA Paglias