Starting a Happy, Healthy 2017: Guilds for Health and Fitness

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Illustration by James Danger

January is a great time to re-evaluate your goals for your physical health and fitness! Whether you’ve set specific goals for the New Year, or whether you’re already on an ongoing journey to better health, you can find fellow Habiticans who are excited to join you and help support you. This month we highlight some Guilds in Habitica that focus on Health and Fitness!

Health Nuts:

https://habitica.com/groups/guild/b422b8a5-8d66-4197-9f91-d4edb8610264

This Guild has something for everyone looking to improve their health! Check out their active and supportive chat to talk about your challenges and successes, or take a look at the large variety of Challenges offered by Guild members to help give you a boost of motivation.

The Road Goes Ever On:

https://habitica.com/groups/guild/d3d13d83-8c0e-4a18-aa24-cab1127b238f

The Road Goes Ever On encourages you to exercise with a fun twist: your activity translates into miles walked on a Guild journey across the world! You can see how far they’ve walked on several progress trackers linked on their Guild page. You can join, and help get them all the way across the Atlantic and beyond!

Evidence-Based Fitness: https://habitica.com/groups/guild/fd345cc5-da2e-4651-8b64-78dc0d6d5d1e

This Guild focuses on improving health and fitness by using the scientific evidence to help work out the best and most effective methods. Their chat is an ongoing discussion of the latest research as well as Guild members’ own experiences with different techniques and strategies.

These Guilds and many others are here to help you get on track with your New Year’s Health and Fitness goals. Check them out and get on the road to a healthier you in 2017!

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Starting Over Options

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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!

It’s a new year, and if you’ve been considering making a new start in Habitica, this is a great time to do it! You could be interested in beginning again for any number of reasons, and so you may be wondering how to best go about this for your individual needs. Habitica offers a few ways to start over that have different degrees of permanence and different effects on your Inventory, Tasks, and Stats . Luckily, the Wiki Scribes have great detailed information to help you choose the best path for your fresh start!

A player wishing to start anew in Habitica can choose from many options. Each option resets different aspects of the game and carries different risks.

Want to know more? Head over to the wiki to check out the full article!

 

Contributor Spotlight: Megan

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Welcome to the Contributor Spotlight Series, where we interview amazing members of the Habitica community! Today we’re chatting with Megan, one of our Moderators and Pixel Artists. She helps manage the community and keep Habitica safe and happy, and she has created some exciting pixel art for us!


Megan, how did you get involved with Habitica?

I don’t remember for sure… I think that I specifically went looking for task gamification and stumbled across the Kickstarter campaign or maybe a blog post somewhere. At first, I wasn’t socially active at all and I didn’t have a party. I was just toodling along on my own. I drifted away for a while, and when I came back I started lurking in the Tavern, and then I started answering some questions, and one thing led to another and here I am—still totally hooked!

What’s your proudest contribution to Habitica?

The Egg pets! I still get almost giddy any time I see one in someone’s profile. I’m also deeply honored to be a moderator. It’s intensely rewarding to be part of this community.

What are your secret superpowers?

Attention to detail, and sleeping—I think my personal best was 14 continuous hours.

What are your secret weaknesses?

Procrastination, mostly because I get easily overwhelmed by the fear of doing a bad job. Also bugs. Adorable pixel art bugs are great! But real life bugs… More than four legs is TOO MANY LEGS. I can mostly behave like a rational person in the presence of bugs, but if I get startled or if they come right at me… there is shrieking. And leaping onto furniture. They might crawl on me, and apparently that is The Worst Thing Ever.

What are your favorite Habitican pets/mounts?

Foxes! The foxes have always been my favorites. I play with other pets and mounts sometimes, but I always come back to the foxes. I particularly love the Base, Desert, and Golden Foxes.

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What are some things you’re tracking in Habitica?

Habits and to-dos have never really clicked for me, but dailies have changed my life. I have depression, and I mostly track things that support my mental health. I like to give them gamified names when I can. So I have Armor Up (put on clothes), Venture Forth (go outside), Healing Magick (take my meds), etc. (I work from home, so wearing real clothes and going outside are actually optional for me most days). It’s like a set of guard rails. Most days, these things aren’t hard, but doing them helps keep the depression at bay. Some days, they are really really hard and I can only do a few of them, but even doing a few helps me get through it.

What do you like to do in your free time?

Read (mostly YA fantasy), snuggle my kitties, draw, journal, craft… Also nap. Naps are the best.

What are your top Habitica tips and tricks?

If something’s not working, change it. Don’t worry about what “should” work, or how much reward you “deserve” for a task. There is no such thing as cheating in Habitica. Do whatever helps.

Where do you like to hang out in Habitica?

Mostly the Tavern, Aspiring Socialites, and Newbies. Lately, I’ve been enjoying Planner Addicts of the Papery Kind.

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Want to learn about some of the other contributors who make Habitica such a cool place? Check the Contributor Spotlight tag on our blog!

Use Case Spotlight: Health and Fitness

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Illustration by Aries Faries

 

Happy New Year, Habiticans! January is a fantastic time for a fresh start and new takes on your tasks and goals. Here are some great tips, tricks, and ideas for using Habitica to set (and maintain!) new tasks and goals related to your Health and Fitness. These come from your fellow players in the Use Case Spotlights Guild!

Fishdye uses positive reinforcement:

Rather than having a daily for exercise, I created a positive habit for it called “Exercise . . . DOMINION!” and give myself one click for each 10-minute increment I do. I’ll also create specific To-Do’s for strenuous tasks, like shoveling snow from my driveway; then I’ll get to check off a to-do AND a click for each 10 minutes I spent. I find having an abundance of positive incentives very motivating!

pmcatnip offers a great way to reward yourself for walking:

I have a Habit for walking a mile and a Daily for going on a walk of any distance. That way I never feel like any walk is “too short.” By going on more walks, even short ones, I get more exercise overall and frequently decide to just keep going because I’m enjoying it.

rosedoesthings gives a tip for that all-important but oft-forgotten health staple: drinking more water!

I have a positive Habit for drinking 8 ounces of water. I like the specific quantity because I can feel better about drinking more water rather than just saying “Okay, I drank my glass for the day.”

BardoVelho’s party makes accountability fun:

…I’m running the drinking water challenge “Water:drop:Bending” inside my party, which is actually a bet: if a member skips the self-imposed water daily portion, has to pay a penalty of 100 GP, and the current water benders receive that GP (we do this by Fixing Character Values).

Drosera notes the importance of taking stock of how you’re doing with your health-related tasks:

…The +/- habits for things like “keep to diet” or “eat healthy food” or “went out to eat” helps me see the overall trend of my progress on trying to eat healthier. Which I realize is part of the point of a +/- habit, but for some reason that’s when the light bulb finally went off for me, when I started eating junk food again and saw that my habits had gotten quite a bit redder.

There were so many helpful and exciting tips we couldn’t feature them all here! You can see them all and join in the discussion in the Use Case Spotlights Guild– one of your ideas could be featured next month! Look for an announcement of next month’s theme from Bailey soon.

Also, if you missed it you may want to take a look at our most recent Guild Spotlight, which showcases groups dedicated to Self-Care and Wellness- another important aspect of your health. These Guilds can give you more ideas and some even have themed Challenges to help you unwind and de-stress!

BEHIND THE SCENES: Habitica Staff New Year’s Resolutions!

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!

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2016 is behind us, and that means that it’s the season for New Year’s Resolutions! Since we’re all working on planning out our goals, we figured that we should let you in on the fun. Besides, this post means that we’re all eligible for the new Official Habitica New Years Resolution Challenge!  If you want a chance at being one of the five users to win 15 gems, you should definitely check it out.

So without further ado, here are the staff’s #HabiticaResolutions!

Leslie, AKA Lemoness:
“I want to get better at staying in touch with my long-distance friends! I’m hoping to build more frequent communication into my schedule. I’m making:

* A positive Habit for reaching out
*A Daily that repeats once a week, on the weekends.”

Sabe, AKA SabreCat:

“My 2017 goal is to drastically reduce the amount of time I spend on video games and social media. To that end, I have:

* A Daily, “No video gaming or recreational Internet”, active Monday-Saturday. Sunday is my cheat day!
* A + Habit “Resist a gaming or social media impulse”
* A – Habit “Fail to resist a gaming or social media impulse”. (I like splitting up + and – Habits so they return to yellow over time.)

It’s already leading to good results on my existing tasks, like the Habits ‘Pomodoro of focused effort’ and Reading, per chapter!'”

Keith, AKA TheHollidayInn:

 

“My 2017 goal is to finish 3 open source projects of my own (I’m terrible at posting my own stuff). 2 code and 1 hardware/code. To accomplish this goal:

*I have a ‘weekly setup daily’ which has the three project items as a check list.
*I then build out 3 todos every Sunday – one for each project. Then, it is my goal to complete those todos before the next week.”

Vicky, AKA redphoenix:

“My 2017 resolution is to go out and have new experiences at least once a month!

I’ve set a Daily for this resolution to pop up every Sunday as part of my weekly reflection, with four checklist items that I’d rotate through depending on where I was in the cycle. Here’s what it looks like:
Do A New Thing!
* Wk A: Research and Pick the next Thing
* Wk B: Plan the Trip
* Wk C: Do The Thing!
* Wk D: Debrief and brainstorm other New Things to do

(Can you tell that I’m as anxious for Monthlies as everyone else??)”

Phillip, AKA viirus:

“My 2017 goal is to be able to run a half marathon by fall. I won’t participate in one, but I want to be able to run the distance by then. As a stretch goal, getting below 2 hrs would be awesome, but not sure if I’d make that.
* A daily on 3 days a week to go for a run
* A positive habit, that I score when a run went particularly well
* One todo each for running 5k, 10 and then 21k”

Wish us luck!