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!

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