This month’s Use Case Spotlight focuses on something that all of us have to deal with at some point or another: Adapting to Life Changes. It doesn’t matter whether it’s a good change like a new job or something like a serious illness, big changes can throw off your routines, make things you used to do easily more difficult and introduce new needs — all while making your old coping mechanisms a little outdated. This month we’ve asked users to talk about how they use Habitica to help them with that kind of change!
First of all, synitheia has a really good insight to share about how to use the different task types on Habitica to your advantage:
Push more things to habits. Dailies can be quite stressful especially when I am tired or short or time so habits can help me encourage good practices such as getting enough sleep and maintaining good hygiene. I can even use habits to give me a boost in Experience Points and drops when I complete a large number of to-dos, level up or complete my dailies! It is quite a good reward for me.
juarezmiranda has a tip that sounds really simple, but can be really impactful to help you adjust to changes in real-time:
Every Saturday I review all of my dailies. I always try to see what’s working, what’s not working and make some changes.
OptimumKitten talks about how she adapts to big changes by remembering that you can start over:
To keep things manageable when a significant change comes along, I start from zero and gradually add my dailies one at a time because I know that everything will be turned upside down, so there’s no point in trying to force myself to juggle tonnes of old projects when a new and more urgent task has appeared. At the start of this year, I deleted all of my tasks and started again. Starting with my physical and mental health, I first created a habit for waking up at a certain time and a daily for journalling before going to bed. I stuck with just these tasks until I felt confident with them, then slowly added more one-by-one as each task felt easier. It’s important to first care for your health, because otherwise you’ll lack the energy to put into your tasks and then quickly feel burned out and discouraged by the lack of progress.
Ingvanya added some thoughts about positive and negative reinforcement which can be really useful to keep in mind as you adjust to a new situation:
I decided not to have negatives for things in the sense of punishment for not doing a thing or on time, etc. Except for things that affect my health or specifically negative habits to break. The reason for no negatives is because I would feel bad and stressed about not being able to keep on things and have a feeling like a weight was on me to keep up the positives. So now I have only positives for those things (that aren’t bad habits to break or negatives for my life. I.e.: drinking water (+)/drinking soda(-)). That way it’s like building up my life (and level, coin count too, etc), instead of constantly filling holes
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