BEHIND THE SCENES: Habitica Staff New Year’s Resolutions!

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2016 is behind us, and that means that it’s the season for New Year’s Resolutions! Since we’re all working on planning out our goals, we figured that we should let you in on the fun. Besides, this post means that we’re all eligible for the new Official Habitica New Years Resolution Challenge!  If you want a chance at being one of the five users to win 15 gems, you should definitely check it out.

So without further ado, here are the staff’s #HabiticaResolutions!

Leslie, AKA Lemoness:
“I want to get better at staying in touch with my long-distance friends! I’m hoping to build more frequent communication into my schedule. I’m making:

* A positive Habit for reaching out
*A Daily that repeats once a week, on the weekends.”

Sabe, AKA SabreCat:

“My 2017 goal is to drastically reduce the amount of time I spend on video games and social media. To that end, I have:

* A Daily, “No video gaming or recreational Internet”, active Monday-Saturday. Sunday is my cheat day!
* A + Habit “Resist a gaming or social media impulse”
* A – Habit “Fail to resist a gaming or social media impulse”. (I like splitting up + and – Habits so they return to yellow over time.)

It’s already leading to good results on my existing tasks, like the Habits ‘Pomodoro of focused effort’ and Reading, per chapter!'”

Keith, AKA TheHollidayInn:

 

“My 2017 goal is to finish 3 open source projects of my own (I’m terrible at posting my own stuff). 2 code and 1 hardware/code. To accomplish this goal:

*I have a ‘weekly setup daily’ which has the three project items as a check list.
*I then build out 3 todos every Sunday – one for each project. Then, it is my goal to complete those todos before the next week.”

Vicky, AKA redphoenix:

“My 2017 resolution is to go out and have new experiences at least once a month!

I’ve set a Daily for this resolution to pop up every Sunday as part of my weekly reflection, with four checklist items that I’d rotate through depending on where I was in the cycle. Here’s what it looks like:
Do A New Thing!
* Wk A: Research and Pick the next Thing
* Wk B: Plan the Trip
* Wk C: Do The Thing!
* Wk D: Debrief and brainstorm other New Things to do

(Can you tell that I’m as anxious for Monthlies as everyone else??)”

Phillip, AKA viirus:

“My 2017 goal is to be able to run a half marathon by fall. I won’t participate in one, but I want to be able to run the distance by then. As a stretch goal, getting below 2 hrs would be awesome, but not sure if I’d make that.
* A daily on 3 days a week to go for a run
* A positive habit, that I score when a run went particularly well
* One todo each for running 5k, 10 and then 21k”

Wish us luck!

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July Challenge Spotlight!

Hello Habiticans! Welcome back to our Challenge Spotlight feature, featuring challenges created and submitted by you, the community! Join them for extra motivation, and compete with other users to win gems as you strive to meet your goals.

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In the Tavern: Word of the Day (Dictionary.com) Challenge – July

Ends on: August 5th
Prize: 4 Gems 

:alien: says,

The famous online dictionary website Dictionary.com has a feature titled ‘Word of the Day’ in which they select a random word every day and display it on their homepage. The purpose of this Challenge is to expose you to a new word and its definition every day to widen your vocabulary.

In the Tavern: Write 5-Star Reviews for Chance to Win a Background Set 

Ends on: July 31st

Prize: 15 gems

J9fire says,

Feeling gratitude is powerful. Expressing gratitude in public and sharing the love is way more powerful. Give thirty 5-star reviews of things you love and would recommend to others on major sites that will have an impact: Amazon, iTunes, Yahoo, Yelp, Google, Vitacost, YouTube, etc. Examples of things to review: favorite podcasts, books, games, apps, music, videos, coffee/tea, supplements, food, restaurants, shoes, fitness places, dance studios, mechanics, doctors, etc. The review should be thoughtfully written and helpful to readers.
In the Tavern: Defeating the Terrible Crushing Debt Monster
Ends on: December 31st
Prize: 1 gem
Cantras says,
This Challenge is designed to give you a set of steps to get your finances all organized, your debt paid down, and maybe even some savings squirreled away. The various steps and dailies have a lot of notes in them explaining the steps and offering links.

 


Got a challenge you’d like to share with us and the rest of the Habitica community? Submit it here at the Challenge Spotlight Submission Form. This is the last post that will be featured on the blog, but future spotlights will still be featured in Bailey announcements. We’re looking forward to hearing from you!

Small Improvements Add Up: June Challenge Spotlight!

Hello Habiticans! Welcome back to the monthly Challenge Spotlight feature, featuring challenges created and submitted by you, the community! Join them for extra motivation, and compete with other users to win gems as you strive to meet your goals.

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In The Tavern: June 15k Writing Challenge

Starts on: June 1
Ends on: June 30
Prize: 5 Gems
Repeating challenge? No

Cheers says:

Join writers across Habitica for a 15k word sprint in June! At 500 words a day you’ll form a solid writing habit to jump start that novel, essay, or short story you’ve been thinking about. Let’s write!

Also in the Tavern: Note the Positives – June

Starts on: June 1st
Ends on: June 30
Prize: 3 Gems
Repeating challenge? No

Freelancecynic says:

All of us suffer from low self esteem every now and then. Even the president. (probably). So to help I’ve set up a challenge for the month of June. All people need to do is write down 3 positive things about themselves everyday.

Try it, and see how great you feel by the end of the month.

In the Busy Learners guild: Learn Every Day!

Starts on: May 19
Ends on: June 18
Prize: 1 Gem
Repeating challenge? Yes

Accio Books! presents: A 30 day challenge to learn something new and share it with the world!

Got a challenge you’d like to share with us and the rest of the Habitica community? Submit it here at the Challenge Spotlight Submission Form. We’re looking forward to hearing from you!

Simplify Your Digital Life: May Challenge Spotlight!

Hello Habiticans! We’re excited to bring you a new and revamped Challenge Spotlight feature, featuring challenges created and submitted by you, the community! Join them for extra motivation, and compete with other users to win gems as you strive to meet your goals.

In The Basics Guild: The Monthly K.I.S.S.

Starts on: May 1
Ends on: May 31
Repeating challenge? Yes

ArynChris describes this challenge as “Helping fellow Habiticans to shrink their tasklists from overwhelming to manageable, permanently.

In the Life Hackers Guild: Limit Screen/TV Time

Starts on: Launched now, but starts on June 1st
Ends on: June 30
Repeating challenge? Yes

Janelle Rowe says:

Stop letting screens suck your time away! Choose an amount of time to have screen time (iphone, ipad, or other device) or TV time (can include Netflix, Hulu, Amazon, etc). For example max time of 1 hour, 45min, or 30min per day.

And last but NEVER least, in the Short Term Accountability Guild: Inbox Inspiration!

Starts on: May 11
Ends on: May 20
Repeating challenge? Yes

BeanieB says:

Feel like you spend all day responding to emails? Getting overwhelmed with the emails you need to write? Inbox overflowing? Use this challenge to get your inbox under control!

Got a challenge you’d like to share with us and the rest of the Habitica community? Submit it here at the Challenge Spotlight Submission Form. We’re looking forward to hearing from you!

 

Adventures in Habitica: October Challenge Spotlight!

Every month, we feature a few user-created Challenges! Join them for extra motivation, and compete with other users to win gems as you strive to meet your goals.

We’re nearing the end of the Fall Festival! There are a few days remaining to enjoy the following themed challenges:

Conquer your Deepest Darkest Red To Dos & attack the Burnout Boss” by kawunngg
Ends: When Burnout has been conquered
Prize: 1 gem
Goal: Motivate yourself to work on some of those dark red tasks

Add some extra incentive to strike some really old tasks off your to do list, and do extra damage to Burnout, who is still terrorizing the Tavern!

Clean the Dungeon: Fright Fight” by Sulfirh
Ends: October 31st
Prize: 5 gems
Goal: Extra incentive to complete all your dailies

Need an extra nudge (or maybe a little bit more XP and MP) to finish out ALL your dailies? Sulfirh’s challenge is a great way to add some extra oomph to the usual Perfect Day benefits.

Habitica Costume Challenge” by Lemoness
Ends: October 31st
Prize: The 2015 Costume Contest badge!
Goal: Put on some real world finery and show off your love of Habitica!

Habitoween comes but once a year, and in a few days, submissions will close for the Costume Contest! So pull on your best fancy pants (or shirt or dress or other garment) and snap a photo–we’re really looking forward to seeing your creativity and your real-life pets….

Studying, Self-Discipline, and More: September Challenge Spotlight!

Every month, we will be featuring a few user-created Challenges! Join them for extra motivation, and compete with other users to win gems as you strive to meet your goals.  

Happy September!

September Studying Challenge” by shanaqui

Ends: September 20th

Prize: 5 gems

Goal: Stay on track with studying and learning goals during September!

This Challenge only runs for  a short period of time, so it’s great if you want a focused experience. The tasks help you set daily priorities and identify weak spots in your learning. Plus, it’s flexible enough to fit many different types of studying!

Achieve, Accomplish, Aspire (September)” by keyes

Ends: October 1st

Prize: 2 gems

Goal: Celebrate your successes and share what you hope to achieve next

This Challenge and its related Guild add a new twist to setting goals. As you list your priorities, you also reflect on your accomplishments. Striving for achievement can be discouraging, so it’s nice to celebrate yourself, too. You deserve it!

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Fall 2015 School Habit Challenge ” by White Rose Duelist

Ends: December

Prize: 3 gems

Goal: Study diligently all semester

Similar to the September Studying Challenge, this is designed for students – but it lasts all semester long, and has more specific milestones. Don’t forget that you can add checklists to each of the To-dos to break them down into easy steps!

Self Discipline 2.0” by Elo

Ends: N/A

Prize: 1 gem

Goal: Motivate yourself to do things that you don’t want to do

This is a great Challenge for those of us who find that our motivation is still stuck on vacation. The tasks focus on doing those necessary things that are unpleasant, annoying, or just plain boring. Once you finish, there’s a custom reward for taking a well-deserved break!

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Back to School Advice Challenge” by Lemoness 

Ends: September 27th

Prize: 30 gems each for all 10 winners

Goal: post your best back-to-school Habitica tips on social media

Last but not least, it would be silly not to mention the Official Back to School Advice Challenge.  Since it’s run by the Habitica Staff Team, there’s a much higher gem prize than usual. Competition is stiff, but there’s only one To-Do, so it’s pretty easy to enter. Plus, the random draw means that you have a chance at winning even if you don’t have a million followers. It’s definitely worth checking out!