How to Use Habitica for School

For many people, it’s time to head back to school — and back to stress. Luckily, there are some easy ways that Habitica can make the school year much less daunting: tagging, due dates, and start dates!


Breaking It Down: Tag for School Subjects

Most students have to juggle tons of different subjects, but it can be hard to keep track of tasks when they’re all jumbled together. That’s where Tags can come in handy! Think of them as a school divider for your computer screen.

Create a separate Tag for each subject. Keep the Tag selected while you add new tasks to automatically sort them into that Tag! Working from a specific Tag can keep you focused. Plus, if you have separate Habits and Dailies for each subject, you can easily see if you’re neglecting a class.

A tag for every subject! Even the obscure ones.

Turning It In: Try Due Dates

It’s a sad truth about school: at some point or another, assignments are due. Luckily, you can stay ahead of the game with Due Dates for To-Dos.

It’s easy to add Due Dates to To-Dos by editing them on the website. When you get your syllabus, be sure to add all the important dates so that you don’t lose track of them! If you want to automatically see them sorted in order by Due Date, just press the “Dated” tab and voila! A straightforward list that tells you what you have to do and when you have to do it.

This essay is due on September 23rd. (To-Dos > Edit > Due Date)
This essay is due on September 23rd. (To-Dos > Edit > Due Date)

Working Ahead: Use Start Dates

But what if you don’t want to study for your December Final Exam when its only September? That’s where Start Dates come in handy.

When you create a Daily on the website, you can add a Start Date, and it will not be active until then! This can be very useful.

Imagine you check your syllabus and see that your final exam is on December 20th. You decide to start studying one month in advance, so you create a Daily with a Start Date of November 20th. It’s still September, so your “Study for final” Daily isn’t due, and it won’t hurt your avatar. But when November 20th rolls around, that “Study for Final” Daily will pop up in your list, reminding you to open those books and get cracking!

I don't have to start studying until November! (Dailies > Edit > Advanced Options > Start Date)
I don’t have to start studying yet!
(Dailies > Edit > Advanced Options > Start Date)

And more!

Tags, Due Dates, and Start Dates are only three of the features on Habitica that can help your academic aspirations. You can learn many more by checking out some of our helpful Guilds and user-generated Challenges, where a vibrant community of students is working to support each other.

Until next time… stay productive, and have fun!
— Leslie and the Habitica Team

Communities to Help You with Back to School Season

School is starting up again, and that means a whole new set of obligations. When you’re leaving the lazy days of summer and feeling the pressure to be productive, it can help to have a community to cheer you on.

As you face this fearsome foe, consider joining these Guilds to stay motivated!

Pixel art + friendly people = productivity!
Pixel art + friendly people = productivity!

The Scholars Guild
“For the stressed high schoolers, the college students who always pull off all-nighters, or any person who just wants to learn.”
There’s a reason that the Scholars Guild is the most popular Guild in Habitica. It has an active chat for students of all ages, where people frequently compare their Most Important Tasks for the day (MITs) and lend each other helpful advice. It also features tons of useful Challenges to help you sharpen your quills and get to work.

The Graduate Student Guild
“A guild for graduate students or prospective graduate students. Use Habit to complete that thesis, dissertation, or other big foreboding project.”

Here there be grad students! In this guild focused on higher education, you’ll find students posting their research goals and commiserating about their dissertations. Heavy workloads are lightened by fun challenges such as “Hit the scrolls” to motivate you to keep up with all your work!

Teacher’s Union
“A guild for all the teachers out there. Whether you teach kindergarten, university, or anything between. Tutors welcome as well. Come here to learn new methods, share resources, or just complain about unruly students.”
It isn’t only the students who are heading back to school. Now that the summer is over, this community for teachers is filling with faculty members. Come swap teaching tips and stay accountable for your lesson plans.

And more!

Even for Habiticans who have long since graduated, there are plenty of ways to learn a thing or two. Keep your mind sharp with guilds based around other learning platforms, such as Coursera Conscripts, a Guild for Habiticans taking free online courses through Coursera, or the Duolinguists of Habitica, who encourage each other to learn new languages via Duolingo.

So don’t waste time! Head over to the site and check out these stellar scholarly communities.

First Post! Welcome to Habitica’s New Blog

Hi everyone! We’d like to extend a personal invitation to all Habiticans, whether newly arrived or veteran inhabitants: welcome to our shiny new blog!

Dread Drag'on Battle

We’ve been excitedly planning this for quite some time and we’re eager to roll out new content. Here are some of the things we’ve got in store for you:

  • In-depth looks at how to use Habitica to help with everything from schoolwork to exercise to budgeting
  • News about upcoming events, sneak peaks of future features, and  roundups of press coverage
  • Posts from the fun side of Habitica, including costumes, fanart, some of the backstories behind our beloved quests and characters, and of course, things we’ve overheard throughout the domain of Habitica
  • Spotlights on Challenges, Guilds, and most especially of all, our fantastic users!

As with everything else, this blog is a work in progress, so if there’s something you’d like to see us cover, please let us know in the comments. We’re looking forward to hearing from you!

Vicky and the Habitica Team