User Spotlight Special Edition: Tips for Back-to-School!

It’s Back-to-School season, so in addition to our Back-to-School challenge and all our usual features, we thought you’d bring you some inspiration in the form of testimonials from users who’ve already figured out how to use Habitica to help them meet their school-related goals.

Illustration by RoseMonkey

First, Maybe Steve Rogers (who runs the huge guild for academic Habiticans of all stripes, The Scholars) tells us about her simple method for keeping on top of work during her third year at university:

My biggest problem with studying is just getting started, so my plan is very simple: I have one Daily, active 6 days a week, that’s just “study for 1 hour”. Linked to that, I have one all-positive Habit: I get to tick it once for every extra 30 minutes of focused studying I do. That’s it. That’s enough to keep me on track, and the Habit counter resets weekly, so I can really keep an eye on how good I’ve been. For bigger projects, I find a number of the challenges in the Scholars guild are perfectly suited to join and leave when necessary.

This system is simple, but it helps keep me afloat when I am otherwise definitely the kind of person who shirks deadlines until I’m drowning in them.

Moderator shanaqui has been using Habitica for their dissertation:

For my dissertation, I had to do a ton of pretty technical reading, and I also had to make sure it was up to date by the time I finished writing the thing. And then on top of that there was actually completing the assignments and the writing part. So I had a daily set for Tuesdays and Thursdays for searching for literature, a daily set for Fridays to actually sit down and read the stuff I found, and to-dos set with the deadlines of the interim assignments. Then I’d add to-dos as I went along with self-imposed deadlines. That way I could see all my deadlines and I was also being forced to make constant progress on doing the research.

Meanwhile, NoilyPrat has suggestions from how she’s using Habitica with her daughter, NessaGrace, for homeschooling:

We have had Habitica for 1.5 years, and starting a new year with it next Monday (August 20th). As a teacher, I find my worst habits were to delay grading critical papers for constructive feedback. To list each lab that needed grading under each module does take time, but seeing it on Habitica gives me a fresh POKE to do it. Plus it’s so much fun to check off to “kill” the latest monster with all my hard sweat and tears. I’m getting better, because I’m trying to do them before the to-do turns red. Right now I’m in the process of typing up a syllabus for next year on our system, and at the same time I’m typing up on Habitica what I’ll need to grade in this first quarter. I do them in quarters to keep the to-dos from turning red.

My daughter has each of her subjects on dailies, which she must complete before checking them off. This helps cut down on the nagging, “Did you get your schoolwork done?” Plus, any damage done the next day I’m asking which of her subjects she missed. (In a perfect world. Most of the time I don’t ask!) When everything is checked off, her day is finished. Occasionally Daddy asks to see her Habitica to check up on her. I think she likes that.

And here’s vtrnnhlinh’s souped-up Habitica set-up for school season:

First, I format all. And I have some rules for the formatting like: bold for dates, limits and something needs seriously notice; italics for nouns like names; both bold and italics for the properties. Ex:

And I copy the emoji to make the task more interesting with: Emoji Cheat Sheet

Secondly, I organized tags. Because I use Habitica for all. So I created: Healthy, Learn, Study, Relax, Chores, Work and Creativity.

I use Learn for school work, Study for my MOOCs, learn programming or anything I teach myself. For school work, I use each task for a subject.

Finally, I create routine with Habits. I’ll create a habit that at that time, I’ll learn or study or do something creativity without effort – don’t need inspired or motivated video.

If I focus to learn in a Pomodoro session, I’ll check + and if not, I’ll check -. If I did it but not in the time period I set and don’t have an acceptable reason, I also check -. Just make sure to create the habits. Create habits help you learn easier.

And if I do pretty good in a week, I’ll watch a movie and get a snack as the rewards.

If you have more Back to School needs, you should totally check out Guilds like The Scholars, the Graduate Student Guild and The Homeschool Guild. There are always Habiticans ready to share their experiences and cheer you on!

Plus, for even more of a motivation boost, check out our Back-to-School Preparation Challenge! The tasks will hopefully help you get ready for the school year, plus there are gem and subscription prizes. It runs until September 30.

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Creating a Unique Experience

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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!

One of the great things about Habitica is that you can change all kinds of things to make it work for you. From using tags to organise your tasks to creating a custom reward for Mana potions, there are all kinds of levels of customization that will let you make Habitica everything you need it to be. In fact, a lot of people don’t know about some of the features they could be using, and it can take some exploration to figure out how to make Habitica the productivity app of your dreams. This month’s highlighted Wiki posts has some ideas for you on exactly how to do that, whether you just want to gamify your tasks even more or you want to create a custom class beyond the four standard ones.

Habitica offers a game play setup designed to encourage users to be productive. It places most of the game decisions on the player, allowing them to dictate their own experience. Players will find suggestions to create a unique experience such as Naming Your TasksGamifying Your Lists, and Self-Imposed Challenges. This article explores these topics and more, with links that provide additional information.

So if you’ve been dying to play as a Bloodmage, check out the full Wiki article here! The Wiki is always a great place to find information and learn about how other people use Habitica, so it’s more than worth a look.

Use Case Spotlight: Get Involved in the Habitica Community

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Last month’s Use Case Spotlight focused on the theme of Training Your Brain, but this month we’re sticking a little closer to home. Habitica’s community is one of the nicest on the internet (or so we fully believe!), and there are lots of opportunities to join in. Here are some tips from users about how they get connected with other Habiticans and get involved in the community.

First off, PizzaMyHeart brings the warm and fuzzy feelings by acknowledging great times in the Tavern chat, while also mentioning a specific guild which can help you get to know what’s out there:

I love the encouragement I’ve found within the Habitica community. Tavern, guild, party. They’re all filled with great people. For anyone struggling or scared to join I suggest joining the guild challenges. Many encourage you to say hello. I also recommend The Mystery Train. They travel around to the different guilds. It’s a great way to find new interests, friends, and challenges.

Gumnos reminds us all it’s important to take some time out to have fun:

While each person ends up finding their own Habitica communities, I’ve fallen in with the Habitica Court Jesters guild. It’s a great place for both telling and reading family-friendly jokes. Occasionally a member will put forth a themed challenge—dad jokes, knock-knock jokes, elephant jokes, school-themed jokes, music jokes, puns, etc…great for riffing off each other. I’m not sure it benefits my productivity, but it’s a nice way to blow off some steam and get some of the best of medicine that laughter provides.

tseren‘s a little more specific, talking about the contributor community and how to start helping out:

I initially got involved in Habitica’s contributor community as a translator. Translating the website’s text taught me a lot about how Habitica works. Eventually, I found myself in the Tavern and able to help people because of that knowledge. Contributing is all about sharing. You never know where things will lead, especially when you find friends along the way.

Dan O’Dea also has some sage advice about contributing:

If you’re interested in contributing to the community, a good place to start is the Aspiring Legends: Contributing to Habitica guild. Go ahead, click the link! On the Guild page are more links to specific ways to contribute. Find one that interests you and click that, too.

Chat out Habitica on social media, too. The Twitter handle is @Habitica. The blog on WordPress is a good resource as well.

Last but not least, if you feel you aren’t up to “hard” contributions, being a good Habitican citizen is a great way to help. If you see a good answer to a question, let them know! Check out the Tavern chat or the Habitica Help: Ask a Question guild. Check out the wiki and learn how the environment works.

If you have thoughts to add on how to get involved in the Habitica community, feel free to hop in over at the Use Case Spotlights guild (which is another way to get involved through chatting with other players — and your post could even get featured in next month’s Use Case Spotlight)!

Look out for an announcement of the theme for next month’s Use Case Spotlight by Bailey, and in the meantime you might also want to check out the Guild Spotlight on the same theme as this post!

Getting Involved in Habitica: Guilds for Contributing

 

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Illustration by Aries Farie

Habitica has a thriving community of helpers who do all kinds of things from helping to fix bugs (thank you, Blacksmiths!) to answering questions in the Tavern and creating the art you see on Quests, in the Stables and in the Armoire — all over Habitica, in fact.

Aspiring Legends: No matter how you plan to contribute, this Guild is the ideal place to say hi and connect with like-minded people who love Habitica and want to make it better. But if you already know what you’d like to do, there are specific Guilds for most forms of contributing that might be a bit more active all round the clock.

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Aspiring Artisans aka Pixels in Progress: If you’re interested in any kind of pixel art for Habitica, this is the place to be. Folks here critique each other’s work and help each other out of difficulties, and there’s nearly always someone who knows just how you can tweak that errant pixel into place.

Aspiring Blacksmiths: This is the Guild for those who want to contribute code to the official site or apps. If you have questions about just how to get started or you’ve run into a jam, everyone here is willing to donate their expertise to get things up and running again. And if you want to help but don’t have the time to get fully stuck in, it’s still worth joining in case you can help someone else out of a knotty problem.

Illustration by beffymaroo and Rev

Aspiring Comrades: Did you know Habitica has an API? This Guild is where developers of apps and extensions that work with Habitica hang out. If you’re interesting in developing your own tool to integrate with Habitica, this group is here to bounce your ideas off!

Aspiring Socialites: Don’t have coding experience or artistic ability? Or just that hooked on helping? Aspiring Socialites is the Guild for the folks who want to help out by answering questions and getting people all set up. Join this guild to get the latest news on things that might impact users, so you’re on the spot and all up to date when people need help!

Those are the official guilds for helping out on Habitica, but there are others out there — look out for Pirates and Elves! We’re truly grateful for everyone who contributes in whatever way they can, and we don’t think we can gush too much about how awesome our community is. If you’re thinking about jumping in, this is your chance!