Use Case Spotlight: Sharing Household Tasks

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Domestic harmony is when everyone knows whose turn it is to do the dishes! Okay, that isn’t the whole story, but when people live together, it’s good to know who has responsibility for what. This month’s Use Case Spotlight is all about how people use Habitica to divide up their chores and figure out who has to do laundry and who is scrubbing the toilet.

Starting us off, shanaqui has a bitesize system set up with their wife:

First, there are some tasks that are obviously for one or the other of us, so we straight-forwardly divide those up — I clean the bathroom (I kind of enjoy that), she tidies the kitchen (she’s the cook); I tidy my office (it’s my space) and she dusts the high shelves (she’s tall). Each of us has a daily on an appropriate repeat for that. Other than that, we have tasks that recur every few days to get it done a little bit at a time — e.g. there’s a daily “ten minute tidy in the living room” which recurs every three days. It doesn’t matter whether one of us does ten minutes or both of us do five, though the very best outcome is for both of us to do ten; either way, as long as it’s done, we get to check it off. A minimum just has to get done every three days. That way, things never build up to the point where running the hoover round is insurmountable. We make it bitesize, so that there’s a little to do every day, but never a lot.

There was quite a bit of debate on the subject of checking off household chores when someone else has done them, but Rieye had a straightforward answer that circumvents the issue:

If you have to think about it, you can count it! I started putting things on my list like “Make sure laundry gets folded” because whether I do it or I have my kid do it, it is still taking my energy!

lindammarie had some wise words to add about figuring out what happens when tasks don’t get done, and supporting other members of your household:

On that note, the first thing I would say is to get everyone in the household on the same page — that EVERYONE living in one home needs to realize that EVERYONE is responsible… “Assigning” chores can be a good idea at a basic level. However, I believe there should be some discussion about what happens (and who helps) when one person does not feel able to get their “assigned” chores done.

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Lastly, I think it’s important to ask our “housemates” if they need help getting something done — or better yet, suggest a time to work with them on a particular project. Most of the time tasks can be done by one person, but we all need moral support from time to time!

Do you have other ideas about how you use Habitica to share household tasks? You can join in and add your ideas in the Use Case Spotlights Guild!

We’ll be announcing a new theme soon, so if you’d like a chance to be featured in a post like this next month, hop on into the Use Case Spotlights Guild and keep an eye out for that!

New and Notable: Guild Spotlight

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Previously, the Guild Spotlight posts here have been based on a theme, but 2019 means time to change things up! Habitica has a vibrant community, and new Guilds arise all the time, so this year, we’re going to highlight some of the newer or smaller Guilds which may not get as much traffic as Guilds that are higher up the list. All of these Guilds have had recent activity and have a minimum number of members; they’re probably a bit quieter than more established Guilds, but they have tons of potential. Spot something that sounds right up your alley? You know what to do!

Competition ColosseumIf you’re looking to mix a little PvP into your Habitican experience, the Competition Colosseum is one of the places you can go. The chat is friendly and active, but the competition is fierce. There will be Challenges sponsored by the owner of the Guild at times, but it’s also possible to issue your own Challenges. In the words of the Guild’s own blurb: “Colosseum challenges are designed to be 1) actual challenges of real life tasks 2) a method for attaining gems 3) a gamified challenge experience 4) a competition.” Sound appealing?

The BloggersRunning your own blog and looking for tips, tricks, or just commiseration about how many views your magnum opus has had? This is the Guild for you! It can be a lot more fun doing things in company, and blogging can be a pretty solitary activity, so don’t forget to take the time to be social.

Short Story ReadersNeed a little downtime, but don’t have the time for a novel? This Guild has you covered, with challenges for reading specific stories and space to chat about any short story that you want to share. Guild members have just been reading Daphne du Maurier’s ‘The Birds’, in case you want to jump in with your thoughts on a creepy classic!

So if any of these Guilds sound like your kind of thing, go ahead and join! You can introduce yourself, or just start sharing your own tips and tricks on the Guild topics. If none of the Guilds on offer appeals to you, just wait until next month and there’ll be a new batch of notable Guilds to help you spice up your Habitican experience…

Group Plans

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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 thing that comes up a lot around Habitica is, “How can I share my tasks with other people?” This month’s highlighted Wiki article is all about one of the features that lets you do just that: Group Plans! We’ll let the Wiki Wizards take it from here:

Group plans are a way of supporting Habitica while providing a more group-centered experience by allowing members to share tasks. Groups who may wish to use a group plan include families, health and wellness organizations, employee teams, or anyone with overlapping tasks.

Need to bone up on how to create one? Want to check out the benefits you get (like that Jackalope Mount)? Need to check how to add or remove members? Just need more info about what a Group Plan is? The Wiki covers it all here!