Use Case Spotlight: Gamifying Your Tasks

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Illustration by Stefalupagus

Many Habiticans like to bring the game-world to their tasks to help motivate them to stay productive. You’re no longer studying, you’re learning arcane magicks! This month’s Use Case Spotlight is all about how other users gamify their tasks to keep things fun, and we hope it will help spark ideas for you on how you can reframe your tasks and get those sweet, sweet Gold rewards.

 

Saphykun got us started with a whole host of ideas, including making Dailies into mini-bosses of a sort… and reminds us when it’s important to skip the gamification, as well!

I name dailies after monsters (sorry for the strong word choices that follow). “Cull The Carnal Cavity” really means “floss teeth and use electric toothbrush”; “Hold Off The Highwayman” for checking on my finances; “Impale The Ignorant Imp” for “Reading news articles”. Personifying my dailies help sugarcoat the tasks into something I would actually do. Beating monsters always grant you xp, and so do dailies!

[…] Only To-Dos are spared from the naming convention. For me, these are one-off tasks which, if I replace with a quest title, I won’t remember their purpose or perceive the task as less important. To-Dos tend to be the most serious tasks for me, so the titles are always to the point.

RiverNord talks about bringing their favourite fandom to Habitica:

I go with the theme of a dark magical school, specifically Durmstrang (Harry Potter universe but with a lot of creative freedom to meet my goals better 🙂 So my habits are mostly classes.

Fishdye goes a step further and has little rhymes for their task descriptions:

The other thing I like to do is create a questy rhyme for some of my weekly Dailies, which I imagine being spoken by Rhys Darby’s character in the recent Jumanji movie. Most of these Dailies have more checklist items than I require to count the item as complete for the week, so we have:

IF YOU ARE YOUR GOAL TO MEET,
TWO OF THESE YOU MUST COMPLETE.

TO ATTEND TO YOUR DUTY DILIGENTLY,
EACH WEEK YOU MUST COMPLETE ALL THREE.

for the Daily “Weekly Brotherhood”
BARRING ONE’S THE ONLY WAY
TO MEET THIS GOAL OF AGAPE.

I find this is a good way to make something with a mundane title more fun. 🙂

Meanwhile, TwilightBarker has some great ideas about really getting into the right role for their tasks:

I know that re-writing tasks with a certain theme has been suggested before, and there are even examples given in the Habitica Wiki page like changing place names or adding fun action verbs that you’d see in an RPG game. However, I’ve recently taken this idea to another level by re-writing some of my daily my tasks to sound more like occupations a character could have rather than just actions, for example: Groundskeeper (Instead of “Water Plants” or “Tend the Gardens”), Scullery Maid (Instead of “Wash Dishes” or “Polish the Silver”), etc.

I’m borrowing from some advice I heard about how it’s more effective to get people to vote by encouraging them to “be a voter” than to “go vote.” My [amateur] interpretation of the psychology behind it is that a person may feel like they have more agency/self-efficacy this way versus just having an overwhelming to-do list. It’s very motivating to think I just have to inhabit that role for 10-15 minutes and then I’m done and can check it off!

There were so many good submissions for this Use Case Spotlight that there are still lots of great pieces of advice not shared here! Check them all out in the Use Case Spotlights Guild!

Don’t forget, if you participate in the discussion of the next prompt, you have a chance of being featured in this roundup, so keep an eye out for when Bailey announces the new theme!

New and Notable: Guild Spotlight

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Illustration by Hachiseiko

Habitica has a vibrant community, and new Guilds arise all the time. This year, we’re highlighting some of the newer or smaller Guilds which may not get as much traffic as Guilds that are higher up in 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 the potential to grow. Spot something that sounds right up your alley? You know what to do!

Gamified ReadingIf you’re into scaling the slopes of Mount TBR (that’s Mount To-Be-Read) or risk falling into the clutches of the Reidmorr monster making you pile your reading list higher and higher all the time, the Gamified Reading guild is a new guild which will have regular challenges to help you make more time for reading, reduce your book purchases, and keep up with all your reading obligations!

Stitchcrafters GuildPlagued by UFOs (that’s Unfinished Objects!) and a burgeoning stack of embroidery patterns you need to get around to sometime? This guild has a chat and challenges aimed at helping you get on top of that!

MinimalismLooking for a guild to help you in simplifying, decluttering and clearing your mind? This guild is aimed at people looking for all of those things, with challenges aimed at helping you do just that in all areas of your life.

If any of these Guilds appeals to you, then go ahead and join, and don’t forget to say hi to the group or let them know what you’re aiming to do!

If none of these Guilds are up your alley, why not check out previous Guild Spotlights for more ideas? And next month there’ll be a whole new post with more ideas for potentially overlooked guilds to join!

Places in Habitica

Illustration by UncommonCriminal

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!

Sometimes, in using Habitica as a productivity app, we lose sight of why it’s so effective: the game! This month’s highlighted Wiki post focuses on some of the lore of Habitica. Take a moment to discover a little more about the Habitican world through which we run as we complete our tasks and battle each Boss — remember to pack a raincoat for the Taskan Countryside, and wrap up warm to scale Mount Habitica to meet the Unicorn Queen…

Habitica is the name of both the Habitica game, and the imaginary world in which events in the game take place. It contains many locations, including virtual locations that can be visited in the game, other locations that are only mentioned in the game, and locations that are unofficial and have been imagined by members of the Habitica community.

Get a geography lesson from the full article here!