New Goals for the New Year! Guilds for Setting (and Keeping) Realistic Goals

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2018 is in full swing, Habiticans! January is a great time to set new goals and think about what you’d like to accomplish before it’s time to ring in yet another new year. In these Habitica Guilds, you’ll find fellow players to support you and your goals (or resolutions, even!) for the coming year and beyond.

Official New Year’s Resolution Guild: https://habitica.com/groups/guild/6e6a8bd3-9f5f-4351-9188-9f11fcd80a99

If you’re pursuing a special goal for 2018, the Official New Year’s Resolution Guild is here for you! Official Habitica Challenges will be posted there every month this year, each with a different theme related to maintaining your progress and accountability. For even more support, check out the Guild chat. It’s full of folks checking in about their goals and offering each other encouragement!

Short-Term Goal Accountability: https://habitica.com/groups/guild/59f699a3-9d22-4d6d-b34a-8fcdf2ad1dac

Are you working on a goal that’s more of a week-long or month-long pursuit? How about an extra push to accomplish just one of your tasks for today? Look no further than the Short Term Goal Accountability Guild (or, as it’s affectionately mis-abbreviated, the STAG Guild)! This Guild has a huge selection of helpful Challenges that are regularly rotated and updated. They also have a very active chat made up of helpful Habiticans ready to motivate you!

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

If you’re working on a longer-term project or another goal that’s three or more months in the future, this Guild is here to help. LTGA offers a number of fun themed Challenges to help you stay on track to reach those big milestones and a chat full of folks discussing how their goals are going. Plus, it’s headed by our very own Moderator and Wise Woman, Dewines! 🙂

Library of Tasks and Challenges: https://habitica.com/groups/guild/adcd6903-e3c6-4c27-a0e9-21f2e7515cd6

This Guild is the perfect place to go for inspiration if you have a goal in mind but aren’t sure how to best use Habitica’s features to pursue it. The chat has lots of Habiticans sharing task and Challenge ideas. Plus, there’s a huge list of Challenges in the Guild itself that you can use to copy tasks into your own list. These Challenges cover a wide variety of topics and possible goals!

These Guilds and many, many others are here to help you set achievable goals and to support you as you pursue them! And if you’re looking for more advice on using Habitica to help with setting realistic goals, be sure to read this month’s Use Case Spotlight, featuring tips and tricks from fellow Habiticans!

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SMART Goal Setting

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Illustration by Willow the Witty

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.

Happy New Year, Habiticans! At this time of year, lots of folks are making resolutions and setting new goals, but keeping those through the whole year can be a real challenge. If you’re working to set and keep realistic resolutions and goals, you might be interested in the SMART Goal Setting method. If you’re not familiar with this concept, or would like to learn more about it, the Habitica Wiki has a great guide, courtesy of our fantastic Wiki Scribes!

SMART goal setting is a productivity methodology designed to help you achieve your goals by improving the goals themselves. By ensuring all goals follow the 5 SMART criteria, you can create better goals and have a better chance of achieving them.

The SMART criteria are:                                                                

S.M.A.R.T.

  • Specific
  • Measurable
  • Achievable
  • Relevant
  • Timely

Want to know more? Head over to the wiki to check out the full article. And if you’re making a special resolution for 2018, you may also want to check out our special New Years Resolution Challenge and Guild for support and accountability through the whole year!

Behind the Scenes: Spotlight on Lady Glaciate

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. Today we’re doing something a little different: we’re expanding on the fictional world of Habitica by spotlighting one of the characters who commonly crops up. Enjoy!

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The Master of Warriors may be known for her terse manner and no-nonsense attitude, but if you delve a little deeper, you’ll find that this is only the tip of the iceberg…

Backstory

Lady Glaciate is descended from a long line of Mammoth Riders, the steadfast warriors from the Stoïkalm Steppes who have pledged themselves to defend Habitica’s rarest creatures in the peaceful but frigid north. She was not initially the most talented at guiding the mastodon herds, nor the quickest to memorize the pterodactyl calls, nor even the strongest at wrestling the velociraptors. But with her determination, focus, and careful balance of work and rest, she eventually surpassed those who had initially seemed more promising. When she was finally declared the next leader of the Mammoth Riders, all but the most curmudgeonly applauded the decision.

After the announcement, she was taken aside and entrusted with the most important secret of the Stoïkalm Steppes. For generations, the land had been touted as one of the most peaceful areas of Habitica, despite its perennially cold temperatures, but the lack of tumult and violent weather was not due to natural causes. Instead, for generations the leaders of the Mammoth Riders had magically funneled away all potential stresses and stressors into the icy northern mountains. This was what had allowed them to build their breathtaking buildings of ice and stone, widely considered to be architectural marvels, and to protect the rare animals of the Stoïkalm Steppes, which had long since gone extinct everywhere else.

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Glaciate had grave misgivings about this strategy; she herself was terse to the point of being gruff, and dissimulation went against her inclination towards brutal honesty. Still, she begrudgingly agreed to follow tradition to protect the beasts and her fellow Mammoth Riders. Unfortunately, her concerns proved to be well-founded. Unbeknownst to the leaders of the Mammoth Riders, the stress had been consolidating for centuries, and shortly after she took up her cape and antlers, it broke loose in the form of the Abominable Stressbeast.

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Nightmarish snowstorms swept across the countryside and animals fled as all of Habitica was terrorized by the monster. Lady Glaciate watched the disaster unfolding with horror in her heart, but she refused to be mired in guilt. After ordering her Mammoth Riders to defend Stoïkalm and verifying that other Habiticans were battling the Stressbeast, Lady Glaciate rushed north.  The mountain peaks had gone from treacherous to deadly with the onset of the sub-zero blizzards. Undeterred, she forced her way, step by step, to the secret valley where the centuries of stress had gathered, and with frost-bitten fingers, she systematically smashed all the magic sigils that had siphoned and stored it. Overtaken by exhaustion but secure in the knowledge that the Stressbeast could not reform once defeated, she finally permitted herself to collapse into the whirling snow.

Were circumstances different, she might not have survived, but that same day, the Abominable Stressbeast was vanquished, and as the snow dissipated, the pets and mounts returned to the valley and discovered her fallen form. They rushed her back to the rest of the Mammoth Riders, whose skillful healers worked tirelessly to restore her to health. As soon as she could ride once more, Lady Glaciate insisted on traveling to each affected area to extend a personal apology. Afterwards, she turned herself in to Habitica’s grand council, prepared to accept whatever punishment they meted out.

Instead, she was shocked when they offered her the position of Master of Warriors. Though her lapse of judgement did have dire consequences, they felt that her actions afterwards had proved her worth beyond a shadow of doubt. After considerable thought, Lady Glaciate accepted the position so that she might better protect all of Habitica.

Personal Life

Though she holds meetings in the ornate hall of the Mammoth Riders, Lady Glaciate lives in a simple house with many stables. She also maintains a cordial relationship with the magical beings in the area, such as the Icicle Drakes and Solstice Fairies, though she prefers to deal with creatures who don’t like to chat. When she needs a break, she goes on long cross-country ski trips by herself or rides through the mountain on her favorite mammoth, Sir Stomp.

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She is sometimes exhausted by the boundless enthusiasm of her fellow Masterclassers, but she appreciates the Joyful Reaper’s assistance with caring for the beasts of Stoïkalm in the newly tumultuous environment of the Steppes, and the Master of Healers has helped her reintroduce the endangered creatures to other areas of Habitica. Through King Manta and his undersea domain, she has also learned to befriend an entirely new set of pets and mounts, and has become particularly fond of whales.

When it comes to the charming Master of Rogues, Lady Glaciate had plenty to say to us, namely that all rumors about her relationship with the April Fool are false, and that she doesn’t know who keeps sending the bouquets, and that anyway she fed them all to the local triceratops herd. In fact, she grew so unexpectedly eloquent on the subject that nobody on our interview team was brave enough to point out that none of us had even asked anything about him yet. Given that many of her previous answers to our questions were monosyllabic, we will let our readers draw their own conclusions.

We hope that you enjoyed this month’s spotlight! You can read more about the other Masterclassers of Habitica here.

Use Case Spotlight: Setting Realistic Goals

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In last month’s Use Case Spotlight, we looked at ways to use Habitica to motivate yourself and stay organized as you take on your important tasks to prepare for all the fun (and the occasional stress!) of the holidays. This month, as we start the new year, it’s a great time to look at methods for goal setting. These great ideas for using Habitica to set new and realistic goals for 2018 and beyond come from your fellow players in the Use Case Spotlights Guild!

Lalaitha starts us out with great ideas for motivating yourself and your Quest Party to set and achieve New Year’s goals!

In my Party we started a New Year goal challenge about a year ago. We are re-running it this year, since it seemed pretty helpful. The challenge is about finding your main goal(s), figuring out what may prevent you from reaching them, and what you can do to keep that from happening/keep yourself motivated. Then we share that with the Party (or just parts of it, if some of it is too personal), and create Habits/Dailies that can serve as reminders to reach the goal. Each month there’s a Daily for checking in with the Party to tell a bit about how it’s going, and if there’s been any obstacles. This way we can help each other stay motivated and come with advice if needed.

Quite simply, the challenge has a list of to-dos. The first is about listing 5-10 goals you’d like to achieve. From that you should narrow it down to 1-2 goals. Those would be your main goals for the year. That’s the second task. Some of the goals you didn’t select can serve as secondary goals (they don’t have to, that’s up to you), but the main goal(s) is(/are) the most important one(s).

From there you list the things that may come in the way of achieving your goal(s). Then, list the things you can do to prevent them from happening, and keeping yourself motivated. Those could perhaps be used as a Daily or Habit to keep you accountable.

An important step is to write it all down somewhere. That way it’s really set and you will be able to remember it 6 months later.

Daenalia Elvandruile keeps realistic expectations at the forefront, while emphasizing the importance of persistence!

Your New Year’s Resolutions start great! You feel amazingly productive for a week or two and all of January was pretty good on the whole. But. There’s always a but. You’ll take a week off halfway through March … just one week you tell yourself, I’ll just have a short break and get back to it afterwards. And before you know it, it’s November and you’re watching YouTube every day instead of exercising, your last blog post was 200 words 3 months ago and you know that feeling. You hit rock bottom because you did too much.

Instead I’d only pick one major goal. Just one. Then make a plan for what you’ll do on it every week and push yourself to do it even when you had a hard week. Maybe also add a couple smaller goals like doing a plank every day for a minute (not 5 minutes) or cutting social media a little, just 15 minutes less every day or something similar, but I wouldn’t have more than 3 little goals or all your little goals will overwhelm you.

Once you’ve picked your goals, you need a plan. Your major goal might be learning an instrument. So find a teacher/course, dedicate to practicing a set amount each day, 15 minutes, 30 minutes, just at least 6 days a week (I find one day of rest really helpful). You might have a goal as well, like finishing grade 2 work by the end of the year or being able to play a duet with a friend. Thats great! Now you know you have a routine that you must stick to. And your smaller goal? Say you choose exercise. Start small, I can’t stress that enough. Do 10 minutes a day or go to the gym once a week and only increase if you’ve been doing it for about a month and you’ve got motivation.

And last, but not least, try again next year, or even earlier. I want to be tidier and I started with my bedroom in 2015 and it lasted 3 weeks. In 2016 I got all the way to June, hit a rough week and motivation sprouted wings and flew away. 2017 was great, I was fairly tidy all the way through and in 2018 I’m going to try and keep my craft space tidy as well. Little steps to a big goal!

Dlk62385 uses “SMART” goals to help keep resolutions realistic!

SMART goals: Specific Measurable Achievable Relevant Timely. It can be used to help make goals that are specific and geared towards where you want to be and what you are aiming for. I myself need to work on setting due date for my to dos and sticking to them. I am great at breaking my larger goals down into smaller goals to make them achievable but with no due date I tend to wait longer between each of my mini goals than I would if there was a end point to meet.

Gumnos expands on using “SMART” criteria to keep themselves on task.

For my most realistic goals, I consolidate the “SMART” criteria to deal with the aspects that give me the most struggle: prioritization & bite-sized tasks. I find that I flounder if I have a bunch of doable tasks but no clear idea which to do next. So I make sure my to-do list is prioritized, putting The Most Important Thing for any given context at the top.

Likewise, I struggle if I know which project I need to work on next, but haven’t broken that into manageable bits that can actually be completed. So I make sure that the project is decomposed into things I can accomplish in a single time unit.

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, be on the lookout for an upcoming Wiki post featuring more information on using Habitica to set SMART goals, a topic touched on by several contributors to this post.

And lastly, if you missed it you may want to take a look at our most recent Guild Spotlight, which showcases groups dedicated to Holiday Tasks!