Use Case Spotlight: Hands-On and Practical Skills

 

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Greetings, Habiticans, and welcome to another Use Case Spotlight. Last month we took a look at getting involved in Habitica’s community, and this month we’re going a little bit further afield to dig into some user-submitted tips on how to use Habitica for learning and practising hands-on and practical skills.

First off, Fishdye has some tips which work for pretty much any kind of project you might want to use Habitica for:

After spending a bit of time in the Hard Mode guild, I’ve started thinking of my to-do’s as fitting into one quadrant or the other of the “Eisenhower Matrix.” (There are links to a couple articles about procrastination in the description of that guild, and they refer to the Eisenhower Matrix, if you want to check it out.) Quadrant 2 is where tasks that are important but not urgent fall. That’s where making progress on hands-on things usually falls for me. Initially, I had Habitica tags for Q1, Q2, Q3, and Q4. I found another system that worked better for me there, but I’ve recently resurrected just the Q2 tag. This helps me to isolate just the tasks that seem to fall to the wayside as I crunch through the things that have to be done each day, the “urgent” things. Filtering for Q2 first thing in the morning reminds me what I actually want to be doing with any free time I wind up with in the day, which motivates me to get my must-do’s done more quickly, not spend excessive time at lunch on amusements like phone games, and thereby actually have time for things like scrapbooking, gardening, writing, creating digital art, etc.

flaming.rutebega describes how to clearly define your goals to set effective To-Dos:

One trick I’ve done with Practical Skills is to establish an Achievement Goal as a “To Do.” It sits on my “To Do” list getting redder and redder, so when I finally achieve it, I get a big reward. The trick is to clearly define the goal so you can know when you’ve achieved it. For instance, I want to draw better for my graphic novels. But that isn’t clearly defined, how better is “better.” So I drilled down and nailed something concrete. My goal is called “Master the Head.” Under notes, I explain, “I can draw the same character over and over, in any position: head shape, hair, and facial features remain consistent and recognizable.”

Meanwhile, StephanieFeige has some great tips about how to use Habitica to pick up the skill of gardening!

Well, gardening might someday be “only” a hobby and a chore, but we are new to it – we converted some patch during the past weeks that was unused before. I started off with a smaller patch last year and now try to watch and learn. Examples? There is buddleija in it – and I picked off the web to remove withered flowers so it won’t develop seeds and spread. I cut down lavender so it will have a second bloom (THAT worked great). I put down when to do this with in this case yearly reminders – being new to this, I would forget or confound the different times or methods (e.g. collect seeds or cut seedlings; will fruit be on twigs one year old or two, cut down all or just a bit winter or summer etc.). Knowing that times will vary due to the weather I rather choose early reminders and under “notes” for the dailies noted like (for lavender): “2018: first bloom over at beginning of July, second bloom started 4 days after cutting down” (so the motivation is there for next year). It is supposed to turn out to be some gardening diary until I hopefully know anyway and can go by instinct + experience. VERY long term project. I use gardenings sites and gardening shops and books and pinterest (that’s a daily until I am on safer ground). Giving the time of the year and the hot weather during the past two months in Germany (which was not normal for us), I will have to leave most planting to next year and start with some berries, maybe a small apple tree.

If you have anything to add to these ideas, you should check out the User Case Spotlights guild! We gather ideas for this type of post every month, so maybe next time it could be your tip featured here: keep an eye out for when we announce the new topic!

Don’t forget, the Use Case Spotlight has a companion post, the Guild Spotlight!

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