Making Habitica Work Better for You

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!

Habitica has lots of in-game obstacles incorporated into its programming, but what about the problems that keep Habitica from being most effective for you? Over at the Wiki, the scribes have outlined people’s experiences with procrastination, burnout, and apathy…but they’ve also helpfully suggested ways to edit your tasks so that Habitica can be motivating once more.

In some cases users begin cheating themselves out of the benefits of Habitica by placing an undue amount of focus on the game[…]. A more extreme form of this is a user who completely stops caring about the benefits of Habitica and begins to focus only on the game, which could lead to them checking off tasks which were never completed or mass-clicking on a “fake” task just to level up, gain gold, etc.

For more on this topic, head on over to the wiki to read the full article!

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Start Your Summer Projects with Motivating Guilds!

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Happy Summer, Habiticans! Next week marks the start of the Summer Splash gala, when Habitica migrates en-masse to Dilatory for festivities and fun. Meanwhile, are you working on or thinking about launching an epic project? Preparing to leave for college or getting your first apartment? Settling in with some summer reading? Here are some guilds we’d like to draw your attention to.

Long Term Goal Accountability: https://habitica.com/groups/guild/7c6fcc88-9ff0-47d1-9fca-80e3091c225b

“Do you want help setting long term goals which are three months or more in the future? Are you looking for a place to discuss how best to define your long-term goals and break them down into achievable short-term goals? If so, this is the place to come!”

Young Adult-Unprepared: https://habitica.com/groups/guild/5b05e35e-4608-4f27-ba2f-1354640fbe3a

“For those who have left home (or are planning to in the near future), and are now struggling with college, bills, job, and all this new life. Get help from people in your similar situation and give advice yourself!”

Legendary Book Club of Habitica: https://habitica.com/groups/guild/170f8a17-8ce0-425c-8c31-eeb7e5ae7493

“What’s this? It’s not a secret guild. This is the legendary book club of Habitica, where we read and enjoy books together. …it’s what it says on the tin. Challenges for reading specific books and sharing about them.”

Go forth and enjoy your summers!

 

WEEKLY STATUS REPORT: Official “Take This” Armor Set and Challenge, Staff Blog Spotlight, and Partnership with FocusMe

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We’ve launched a new Official Habitica Challenge Series, designed especially for us by Take This, a nonprofit that seeks to inform the gamer community about mental health issues, to provide education about mental disorders and mental illness prevention, and to reduce the stigma of mental illness. Check it out now to learn how to earn the new Take This armor set!

Plus, we’ve decided to offer a joint promotion with distraction blocker FocusMe until Sunday, June 19th, where anyone who purchases FocusMe will also be offered a 20% discount on a six-month Habitica subscription! Learn more here. 

 

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Finally, we’ve posted an interview with Sabe, aka SabreCat! Check it out to hear his favorite Habitica tips, an anecdote about the olden days of the drop system, and more.

Habitica and FocusMe Partnership!

Our very own staff member Sabe has written us a post explaining how he uses Habitica together with an awesome productivity tool called FocusMe. Because we are big fans of FocusMe (and their staff members are big fans of Habitica), we’ve decided to offer a joint promotion until Sunday June 19th, where anyone who purchases FocusMe will also be offered a 20% discount on a six-month Habitica subscription. Read on to learn about Sabe’s epic productivity strategy!


Anyone who’s tried to form a new good habit from scratch, or abruptly halt a bad one, knows that the task gets difficult before long. The first day or two, maybe even the first week, sees success on a wave of enthusiasm. But the initial rush wears off with time, and motivation doesn’t come quite so easily.

To mitigate the risk of failure as habit formation gets harder, experts in personal change like The Heath Brothers and Leo Babauta recommend smoothing the way: setting up your environment such that the right thing to do is also the easy thing to do. Set up incentives to follow through on your habit, and barriers to backsliding.

Residents of Habitica know all about incentives for following through! Success in habit change means leveling up, earning Gold for equipment, or picking up a cute new pet. On the flip side, losing Health to negative Habits or unfinished Dailies adds some sting to temptations that can lead us away from our goals.

Sometimes, though, even that’s not enough, and we need a little extra help in making the right choice easy.

For most of my adult life, I’ve struggled with a particular bad habit: digital distractions. Games, endless news feeds, and social media conversations all clamor for attention, draining away minutes and hours of productive time when indulged. These activities capture mental focus by design, making it particularly difficult to break free, even with the threat of injuring my Habitica avatar for giving in.

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Enter FocusMe, a tool for Windows and Mac that lets me put up a digital wall between me and the things that might get in the way of my work! With it, I can say, “from the time I wake up until the end of the work day, don’t allow me to launch these distracting applications or visit these distracting Web sites.” If I stray, by accident or moment of weakness, I get a simple notification that the distraction is on my block list, and it closes or minimizes until such time as it’s appropriate for me to return to it.

By combining use of Habitica and FocusMe, I have a powerful set of tools to keep me on task! Some ways to synergize the two include:

  • A positive Habit to reward myself for adding to my block list. If a new distraction emerges, I can collect some Gold and Experience for putting it away for this and future work days.
  • Talking with others who struggle with similar problems in the Digital Addicts Anonymous guild, to stay accountable and share tips for using Focus Me effectively.
  • Using temporary unlocks in FocusMe as custom rewards. If I pick up some Gold by staying on task and accomplishing some Dailies and To-Dos, I can purchase a few minutes of time for Focus Me to let me through and check a social media feed or forum.

If you also struggle with digital distractions, I encourage you to give FocusMe a look!

STAFF SPOTLIGHT: Sabe AKA SabreCat

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Welcome to the Staff Spotlight Series, where we interview members of the Habitica Team! Today we’re chatting with Sabe, also known as SabreCat. Sabe is one of our main developers, and he does a lot of coding for the site, including monthly quests, bug fixes, and architecture improvements.


Sabe, what’s your proudest contribution to Habitica?

“The Orb of Rebirth. It was my first major new feature, and has extended Habitica’s longevity for many people, self included!”

What is your secret superpower?

“Turning people into giant robots to help them seek enlightenment.”


What is your secret weakness?

“My coffee intake must be carefully tuned. One cup gets me moving. Two cups and I get the shakes bad enough to make it difficult to use a pen or phone!”

Favorite Habitican pets/mounts:

“Tigers and cacti, of the base set. All the Magic Potion critters are gorgeous. T-rexes. Red rocks. And eggs / egg baskets!”

 

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What some things you’re tracking in Habitica?

Get the admin@habitica.com inbox to zero (Daily). Read a chapter or 15 pages of a book (Habit). Don’t use any electronics in bed (Daily). Scoop a litter box (Habit).”

How do you use Custom Rewards?

“I use custom Rewards to slow me down on indulging particular timewasters and distractions. It costs me 2 Gold to check my personal email, Facebook, or Twitter. It also costs me 5 Gold to play a match in Magic Duels, the computer game I’m most preoccupied with right now. Those values are tuned to my current Gold generation pace such that I can do them a little bit without much trouble, but I won’t be able to collect my subscriber Gems if I buy them too often!”

Do you have a daily routine/ritual?

“I have a set of regular morning tasks that I’ve collapsed into a daily ‘morning routine’ checklist: take meds, eat breakfast, brush teeth, etc. It’s not ritualized as such, but that’s a good idea!”

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

Writing for my blog. Playing tabletop roleplaying games, like Dungeon World and Chuubo’s Marvelous Wish-Granting Engine. Hanging out with my wife and our pets.

Top Habitica tips and tricks?
“Use Perfect Days as a measure of how many Dailies to maintain. I find the Perfect Day bonus most motivating when I have to push myself to attain it and thus only achieve it once or twice a week. When I start scoring three and four back-to-back Perfect Days, it’s time to add more Dailies to improve myself further! Likewise, if I go a couple of weeks without any Perfect Days, I take a look at what tasks I might not be ready to do on a daily basis and move them to Habits.
Also, have a long-term project you’re procrastinating on? Add a Daily for it: ‘More than Zero: [project].’ Check it off if you move the project forward in some concrete way, however small. It adds up!”

Favorite Habitica anecdote?

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 “As of this writing, my contributor credit in the Hall of Heroes is ‘Kibbled the drop system.’ I was tuning the different bonuses that go into your chance of getting an egg, potion, or food, and one version of the algorithm that went live was far too stingy. The usual slang for making something less effective in a game is ‘nerf,’ but deilann felt the occasion needed a term more expressive of my cat-ness. Thus ‘kibbled’: turned a game system into crunchy meat bits that you’d feed to a pet. Whoops!”

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 Matteo AKA paglias
Spotlight on Leslie AKA Lemoness

WEEKLY STATUS REPORT: June Backgrounds, New Armoire Items, and Challenge Spotlight

We’ve added three new backgrounds: Waterfall Rock, Lilypad, and Lighthouse Shore. Get them now from the Background Shop and show off your avatars in the Tavern.

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Plus, there’s new gold-purchasable equipment in the Enchanted Armoire, including the Seaside Set and the Green Floppy Hat. Better work hard on your real-life tasks to earn them! Enjoy 🙂

Finally, there’s a new Challenge Spotlight! Check it out for some great Challenges that can help you improve your life one little step at a time.

Small Improvements Add Up: June Challenge Spotlight!

Hello Habiticans! Welcome back to the monthly Challenge Spotlight feature, featuring challenges created and submitted by you, the community! Join them for extra motivation, and compete with other users to win gems as you strive to meet your goals.

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In The Tavern: June 15k Writing Challenge

Starts on: June 1
Ends on: June 30
Prize: 5 Gems
Repeating challenge? No

Cheers says:

Join writers across Habitica for a 15k word sprint in June! At 500 words a day you’ll form a solid writing habit to jump start that novel, essay, or short story you’ve been thinking about. Let’s write!

Also in the Tavern: Note the Positives – June

Starts on: June 1st
Ends on: June 30
Prize: 3 Gems
Repeating challenge? No

Freelancecynic says:

All of us suffer from low self esteem every now and then. Even the president. (probably). So to help I’ve set up a challenge for the month of June. All people need to do is write down 3 positive things about themselves everyday.

Try it, and see how great you feel by the end of the month.

In the Busy Learners guild: Learn Every Day!

Starts on: May 19
Ends on: June 18
Prize: 1 Gem
Repeating challenge? Yes

Accio Books! presents: A 30 day challenge to learn something new and share it with the world!

Got a challenge you’d like to share with us and the rest of the Habitica community? Submit it here at the Challenge Spotlight Submission Form. We’re looking forward to hearing from you!