Use Case Spotlight: Making the Most of the Warrior Class

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Which is the best Class? Well, the Habitica team might be biased, but we love all our children equally. Warrior, Rogue, Healer, Mage — they all have their own advantages, and the choice is down to what suits you best and what you find motivating. Do you want to do massive damage in Quests? Or are you more interested in hoarding all the Gold you possibly can?

To make your choice a little easier, this month’s Use Case Spotlight is going to highlight how other users get the most of the Warrior Class!

Monstershaped extols the virtues of the Warrior class, especially for those who love critical hits!

I’m a lvl 111 Warrior – used to be a Mage but found that as a Mage I was leveling a bit too quickly (and doing too much damage via skills) to keep things interesting for me. I really like the Warrior class because I’m in a solo party and gain a lot of motivation from the grinding necessary to complete quests, which the warrior class is great for! As a Warrior you can do enough damage per hit to see meaningful progress with bosses but not so much that you’re able to do a full quest in a single day, which was a big problem for me as a Mage – if I can decimate a boss in the first few hours of my daily routine there isn’t that feeling of down to the wire excitement that comes when you’re hoping that checking off your nightly dailies will be enough to let you start a new quest before you fall asleep! (I try to use brutal smash as sparingly as I can because as mentioned I’m all about that grind ❤ .) I’d strongly recommend classing into Warrior for people who struggle with habits in particularly – nothing sets up a positive behavior loop more for me than hitting the + on my daily habits and seeing a critical hit land – and the high STR means even if you don’t crit your habits are still really impactful – really really impactful if you’re using skills.

EvergreenCash has a plan for how to use the Warrior Class to deal big damage by maximizing both Strength and Intelligence to make the best use of a unique Warrior Skill:

I have split my stat points evenly between STR and INT and this seems to work well for dealing big damage and leveling up. Before my party grew to 7 members, we had two warriors and each of us could hit for 300 – 800 each day with Brutal Smash.

Rosemara elaborates a bit on how they use the Warrior skills to the best advantage:

Skills: I reserve Brutal Smash for boss fights or when I think a habit is about to change to a more positive color, e.g. from yellow to green. Based on the wiki, I’ve learned that Valorous Presence is useful even outside of boss fights because critical hits also increase the other items awarded. I use defensive stance on myself when I know I might have a less productive day, but don’t want to go into the inn. I have heard that Intimidating gaze is not as useful as the other spells because it doesn’t reduce boss damage, but I have cast it a couple of times if I suspect that my party is about to take damage from their missed dailies or bad habits.

This month’s focus was on Warriors, but if you’re still not sold on them, don’t worry! The next Use Case Spotlight will focus on another Class. If you’re interested in reading everyone’s tips and tricks, not just the edited highlights here, check out the Use Case Spotlights Guild! Don’t forget, if you chip in on the next discussion, you could find your own post highlighted in next month’s Spotlight!

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Use Case Spotlight: Keeping Things Interesting in “Endgame”

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For long-term users of Habitica, there can come a time when you’ve become a Beast Master, then a Mount Master, and you’ve Rebirthed twice, and you’ve done every Quest… and suddenly things aren’t so motivating anymore. That can just mean it’s time to change things up! We asked users to tell us how they keep things interesting in “endgame” (however you define that).

OverWHATHill?! starts us off with their perspective as a Habitican of five years(!) standing:

I have changed class twice now, having hit level 100 in Warrior and something ridiculous (over 300, I think) in Mage. I’m now doing Rogue, and will switch to Healer after hitting 100 here.

Other than that, I am maintaining a not-yet-recognized achievement of having acquired all the non-unique pets and mounts, i.e. those that do not depend on having been there in the very earliest days of HabitRPG. It took me over 2 years of focused effort to do that, BTW. I also collect backgrounds and keep up with the Enchanted Armoire’s special items.

One other thing that helps keep me interested is Beastmasters, the party to which I belong. The older I get, the more interesting I find other people, and I’ve been in this party long enough to know a little about some of the other members.

Little Alpaca had various pieces of advice, but here’s one in particular that stood out:

Try new things in real life : If I’m starting to get bored in Habitica, maybe it’s a sign I’m getting bored in real life. Starting a new sport, a new creative project, or learning a new language are good ways to keep real life, and Habitica, fun and new. Challenge yourself !

WrongHandedGuy has some thoughts on customizing your Habitica experience to keep things interesting:

I’ve been using Habitica since 2016, and I’ve achieved what is “endgame”, I think? Anyway, I was off for a while due to finishing all the quests and most of the medals. I came back since I function better with a list of daily tasks, and I was introduced to the “Hard Mode” guild, where people create their own game modes, in a sense, such as the “You are Poisoned” challenge. I’ve started working on my own recently, where I’ve developed an NPC sparring partner. I’m still polishing the details, but basically, I’ve made a hard level habit where I hit the plus or minus daily depending on if I had a perfect day or not. If I have to hit the minus, I get “mugged” for 10 gold (not the most honorable training buddy, but whatever). If I lose all my money, I have to release all my mounts with the kennel key. With that in mind, I suppose a win condition would be to finish all the mounts without losing them.

And finally, BardoVelho shares how they keep things interesting by linking their in-game events — like hatching Pets — to their day-to-day achievements, like completing tough Dailies:

Hatching pets is now an act for special celebration instead of just a collection thing, because I share them along with special achievements in my Twitter: that is, if I complete a special achievement, I hatch a pet or grow it into a mount. I register my small and big achievements, and even struggles, epiphanies, and any other Habitica personal and game mechanics changes, in my dedicated Twitter account that I use as Diary (I also have a Tumblr account for bigger reports).

That doesn’t cover all the advice people gave by a long chalk, so please do hop into the Guild and check out everyone’s advice! We hope this helps you figure out how to keep things interesting and perhaps add a bit of spice back into your Habitican routine!

If you’re interested in possibly being featured in one of these posts, check out the Use Case Spotlights Guild and let us know what you think on each month’s topic! The theme for next month’s post will be announced soon.

Use Case Spotlight: Reviewing and Evaluating Your Tasks

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It’s all very well to have a meticulously laid out set of Dailies, but that’s no good if you find they’re getting out of date! It’s important to take a step back sometimes and figure out if your tasks are really pointing at your goals, or whether they’ve got a bit stale or even pointless. This Use Case Spotlight is all about how people keep their task lists fresh, evaluating whether Habits are still working and whether that To Do still really needs to be done!

Dagger-13 started us off with some advice from the College Info Geek Podcast, and how they apply it to Habitica:

Martin from the College Info Geek Podcast has spoken a few times about how he only sets daily ‘to dos’ for two weeks at a time. At the end of the two weeks he evaluates his tasks and decides which ones to continue, which to drop and any new ones to introduce. I think this is a good way of keeping the daily task list fresh and relevant while also allowing for a certain level of ‘routine’ to kick in (reducing the brain power required to carry out all of the daily tasks and freeing it up for other things).

Lawmancer has some thoughts on the importance of adapting what you’re doing:

I also have to adapt to what is currently happening in my life. Once something becomes a solid habit that I don’t think about, I can switch it out for something new. I have different things I want to learn (various reasons), which can be either dailies or habits. My exercise goals can change as I work on different things (muscle groups or more cardio and less strength training, that sort of thing.) And I have temporary tasks. For example, being spring, yard work is a focus, but that comes to a dead halt in summer. (I’m from Alaska. I don’t do heat. So yard work will go from daily, to weekly, to none during the winter.)

Kate the Great has a whole system:

I have a different theme (I’m not sure that’s the best word) for each day. Monday is my planning day, so that’s when I evaluate tasks in Habitica (along with other stuff). I started out trying to have a habit for everything because I wanted points for everything. I think, “It counts, so I should get points for it.”

Then, all of the habits and tasks started to overwhelm me, so I decided to get rid of a lot of them and just add a “bonus points” habit so that I still get points for everything.

Now I just try to have one habit that I’m trying to add at a time. When I get good enough, I can add another one.

My dailies are just anything That I can schedule reliably every week/day. They are also a lot more forceful in my mind. I think, “I have to do it because it’s a daily.”

And Dan O’Dea boiled it down to three super simple points:

[T]he bottom line for me in reviewing and evaluating my tasks pretty much boils down to three things.

  1. Combine similar tasks using checklists within a single task.
  2. Eliminate tasks that are no longer relevant.
  3. Challenges add tasks to your own.

That doesn’t cover the whole discussion, so if you’re looking for ideas, do check out the Use Case Spotlights Guild! You could be featured in next month’s Use Case Spotlight if you join the Guild and post something relevant to the current theme, so keep an eye out for the next prompt so you can add your own tips and tricks.

Use Case Spotlight: Setting Up A Routine

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One of the most important uses of Habitica for some people is setting up a daily routine to follow. It can help keep you organized, combat executive dysfunction, and promote healthier living — but how do you get started? This month’s Use Case Spotlight shows how some people do it!

BardoVelho started the discussion by emphasising the need to start slow:

Setting up a Routine This is my experience: A new routine should always start at 10 to 20% of it’s realistic end goal, and aimed to its goal every time is going to be done. It must be a Daily, and it might have a supporting Habit (e.g.: +1 [pomodoro]). I need to measure its time, so I use a dedicated Tree or Bush in Forest App, to later easy analysis. Then I taste it for the first week and adjust it after my weekly resume. I measure time spended, energy spent, periods of the day and automatic behavior. Then I adapt it, and perfect the text on the Daily Task. I let it “steep” for 21 days and then I use the Display Data Tool to check the missing days, the strongest days, time period, and I try to compare these results with other Habits and trackers that might be related to this new Routine.
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After many months, realizing that I’m not struggling with it and it becomes part of me, I transfer the routine to my second account, and watch it from a safe distance, as it might run away again If I loose track of it!

Maybe Steve Rogers has an idea that might suit people who can’t schedule a fixed day every week for their routine:

I am not good with rigid routines, so the Dailies really are an invaluable tool for me to create them. Especially for stuff that needs to be done regularly, but not frequently, I’ve found them useful. I have one Daily that’s just called “weekend” (though it’s only due on Sundays) with 6 items that I need to have done by the weekend – cleaning the bathroom and vacuuming, calling a family member, making a meal plan, thorough skin care, watering the plants, and go through my calendar and make extra sure it’s up to date. All of these things I need to do during the week, but I’ve tried having them as separate Dailies due on specific weekdays, and it just wasn’t working for me. Having them all lumped together on the weekend means I have the freedom to do them whenever I want, but still get into a habit of actually doing them (or face being busier in the weekend than I’d like to!). I like this fluidity.

StephanieFreige has an idea for helping your routines stand out and stay organized:

I actually do use headers for dailies – they are normal dailies, trivial difficulty, and meant to sort my stuff – like before work, morning, afternoon. Mostly, they combine with something easy, like “morning”: have tea at desk ready to go etc. The headers are with #
so they are bigger

And foximara has an idea for making your routines a bit more rewarding, demonstrating the flexibility of Habitica as a system!

One thing that I do as more of a reward for having a positive study routine is that I will use FCV to give myself 5 gold for every 30 minutes I spend studying. It allows me to be a little more precise in what I get in terms of rewards. Once I take the test I’ve been studying for, I will give myself mana, gold, and XP equal to the grade I receive. I don’t do this often, but it’s super effective when I do!

There are some other suggestions in the Guild, so if you’re looking for ideas, do check out the Use Case Spotlights Guild!

You could even be featured in next month’s post if you join the Guild and post something relevant to the current theme, so if you’d like that, keep an eye out for the next prompt so you can add your own tips and tricks.

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!

Turning Over a New Leaf: Use Case Spotlight

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It’s a new year in the Gregorian calendar, and that means it’s prime time for making resolutions. This month we asked users in the Use Case Spotlights Guild exactly how they use Habitica to establish new habits and routines, especially for the kind of things that people set as their New Year Resolutions. Without further ado, let’s turn over to what they suggested!

StefanieFreige kicked it off with some wise words (redacted for length, but worth reading in full if you check out the Guild!):

f I want to establish a new habit for myself like “workout” or “get my work done without procrastinating”, I find it helpful to be both playful, precise and flexible.

Flexible: I want to be more organized with like my laundry. So I set a daily. I worked with this for some days – then I realized this does not fit. So I made this a habit – it is less discouraging to rather have a habit checked off 3x/week instead of fail at a daily often.

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precise: be organized with laundry is not exact enough. What is the issue? The place around the machine was a mess. So I found the decluttering devils, had a challenge to organize the space. Each time I walk by, now I ensure that everything goes into the right boxes (no daily needed, that just 1 min).

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playful: I often look at my list and change everything. Different order, headers, combine tasks, make sub-tasks, new/delete tasks – whatever. My life changes, I change (hopefully) – so my habits/dailies/to-dos should. I always look for new approaches to things.

Shewhopaints has some thoughts on their own focus on using Habits, including the suggestion that Habits can become Dailies:

I focus on health and decluttering in my habits section. These habits include trying to avoid using the elevator / lift, using the bus where I could walk and taking vitamins / magnesium. I only a few days ago added “back exercises”. Some habits have transformed into dailies.

Meanwhile, Mavro Asteri is using Habitica’s challenges to get a boost:

I’ve joined a several challenges that I think will help, like the Plank-a-day, vegan challenge, no sugar challenge. I’ve also broken my weight loss goal down into weekly, then monthly goals. Using Habits to remind myself to take a moment & focus, choose the healthier option, etc. Using the Dailies to cultivate healthier eating & exercise & the To Dos for the monthly goal of 11 pounds loss a month. The challenges are really helping me hone my focus & not get off track.

It’s especially worth checking out the Official New Year’s Resolution Guild and the associated Challenges, if you’re into making resolutions and finding ways to stick to them. Habitica’s official New Year’s Resolution Challenge series will run through the whole of 2019, and we hope it will help to guide you and keep you focused!

If you want to check out what other users have said about how they use Habitica to make and keep resolutions, and maybe even have your say, check out the Use Case Spotlights Guild. The theme for next month’s blog post will be announced soon, and if you contribute to the discussion around that, you might be featured next month!

Use Case Spotlight: Professionalization and “Adulting” Skills

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This month, our Use Case Spotlight focuses on professionalization and “adulting” skills — all those things that we managed to avoid as kids and now unfortunately have to remember on a regular basis, for example, like paying the bills! Fortunately, there are plenty of examples from users on just how to user Habitica to help with that…

First of all, goaskmissalice explains that she views Habitica like a personal assistant:

ALL of my “run my business” tasks are in Habitica and I pretend that my Avatar is my personal assistant, here to remind me about things that are complicated, multi-step or involve deadlines. Sometimes I will drag myself through some tedious task simply because I am about to defeat a bossfight. It reminds me to reorder supplies, warns me when our advertising campaign needs to be renewed and helps me keep track of things that might have otherwise fallen through the cracks. My employees know to take it seriously when I tell them I AM PUTTING THIS ON MY HABITICA.

They better take it seriously! Nobody wants to disappoint Melior, right?

Mavro_Asteri shares how they plan their day on Habitica:

It’s a great tool for teams, but I also use for work: I’ll go through my morning emails, mark actionable items back as “Unread” then make my work To Do list for that day based on those unread emails. As more requests are made during the day, I’ll add to the To Do list. If everything isn’t done in that day, I’ll copy the incomplete tasks to the Next day’s list, then complete the current To Do for the evening.

chikadee talks about how they use Guilds and Challenges for extra motivation, and how they use Habits and To-Dos in managing their time:

I use YNAB (although I’m lapsing) so there is a YNAB challenge in the Financial Discipline guild that I use to remind me to budget regularly and when to do budget check ups. I use todo challenges or the planning challenges in the Planner Addicts guild to remind me about sifting through my work e-mails and such. I also use habits for being on time to appointments and work. Positive habits if I’m on time or 15 mins early and negative if I’m late, really late, or have to cancel something last minute. I kind of use To Dos as a brain dump sometimes for things I need to go shopping for or to do. There’s a deep dark red to do right now to change my headlight!

Finally, Rieye has some thoughts on how to keep things balanced:

Self-care tasks like meditating and singing and drinking water are at the very top of the list so that every time I look at Habitica I see those first.

When everything gets frustrating, I have a “Extra Adulting” habit that I can click to remind myself that it’s not about me, it’s just stuff that has to get done, and at least I get points 🙂

There are other suggestions in the guild that are well worth reading, so don’t forget to check out the Use Case Spotlights Guild. You can even add your own strategies, and if you share something for next topic when we announce it, you could be featured in next month’s post!

And of course, there’s also a Guild Spotlight to help you look for further ideas on how to take care of yourself.

Use Case Spotlight: Sleep and Rest

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Habiticans! Are you remembering to keep time in your busy busy schedules for a little rest and recuperation? This month’s Use Case Spotlight is all about that and how to make it part of your Habitica set-up. You can’t be productive if you don’t also have adequate rest, so it’s really important that you remember to take care of that side of your life as well.

User nitronova starts us off with their great idea for a customized Habitica experience: their very own sub-class!

Hi, Habitica. I am someone who struggles with doing daily tasks due to depression. I’m in love with stealth games but also enjoy healing myself and others. What I decided to do was employ the use of the Fix Character Values to give myself a sub-class that I call the “Street Doctor!”

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The use case I want to spotlight is the “Shadowstep” power. Sometimes, I have to check into the tavern to recover. This causes me to lose my streak and miss my dailies for yesterday. To help motivate me to take care of those responsibilities when I do recover, I give myself a reward in gold for completing them the next day. It’s themed around darting into the shadows and delivering a stealthy hit to my tasks and I love the imagery as I’m doing things like my weekly laundry. This way, I stay on top of my chores and self-care while thinking of my self-care as an opportunity or a superpower, rather than a cost or a burden. To balance all the additional gold-earning powers I have, I use the Fix Character Values power to make my healing powers more costly in terms of mana or even my own HP. It feels riskier, which makes me more invested in sticking to the game.

Zelah Meyer has a simpler set-up reminding them to get to bed on time (with appropriate punishments and rewards)!

Regarding the ‘Healthy Habits for Sleep and Rest’ – I have a positive/negative habit for whether I was in bed by my target time the previous night. I try to be in bed by 11:30pm if I have to get up early the next day & Midnight if I have a lie-in. I click either the + or the – for whether or not I made it, and add extra clicks for every half hour that I was either early or late to bed!

Shutzie27 has a nice idea for using Habitica as part of their sleep hygiene routine:

So for me, sleep hygiene is its own category under Habits. Part of the routine is “tucking in” my avatar (I switch to a night background and sleepwear, except during the Fall Solstice, when she gets into costume) which signals the end of my screen time for the day, so I actually tick the habits first thing in the morning when I wake up my avatar.

There are other suggestions in the guild, and plenty more opportunities to share your own experiences! Check out the Use Case Spotlights Guild to add your input, and if you share something for the next topic, you might even be featured in next month’s post! There’s also a Guild Spotlight to help you look for further ideas on how to take care of yourself.

Use Case Spotlight: Celebrate Yourself

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Greetings, Habiticans! It’s time for another Use Case Spotlight. Last month we were talking about learning/supporting hands-on skills; this month, we’re looking at how people use Habitica to recognise and celebrate their achievements of all kinds!

NatalieOnIce starts us off with something perfectly in the spirit of Habitica:

I have a habit for “do something good”. It counts for all kinds of things – starting a carpool, watching my mother-in-law’s dog, contacting a politician about an issue I think is important. It helps me acknowledge my own actions when I’ve gone above and beyond just the daily life. I can’t expect others to always notice my actions, but I can make an effort to notice and reward myself just a little in game.

While Langerhan talks about how Parties can support each other in doing this!

I’m in a really supportive Party and we post about things we’ve achieved or things we’re working on. It’s really nice to be able to post about finishing a red to-do and get congratulations cards from people.

Ulla Hennig actually uses the Rewards column as a way to recognise progress made:

In order to celebrate myself I put up things in the rewards section which I’d like to have but not necessarily have to have: I am an artist in my free time, and I love to go to shops where I can buy art materials like new paints, pencils, paper and such. So “buy a bottle of acrylic ink” is something I put up. I just added “drink a cup of capuccino” because I enjoy not only the cup but also the atmosphere around it – a small cafeteria around the place where I am working.

There are a couple of other suggestions to check out in the Guild, and there’s still time to discuss it. What do you do to celebrate yourself? Check out the Use Case Spotlights Guild! Even better, if you join that Guild and share your experience once next month’s topic has been announced, you could be featured in next month’s post.

Don’t forget, there’s a Guild Spotlight as well, covering Guilds that can help you celebrate yourself as well!

Use Case Spotlight: Hands-On and Practical Skills

 

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Greetings, Habiticans, and welcome to another Use Case Spotlight. Last month we took a look at getting involved in Habitica’s community, and this month we’re going a little bit further afield to dig into some user-submitted tips on how to use Habitica for learning and practising hands-on and practical skills.

First off, Fishdye has some tips which work for pretty much any kind of project you might want to use Habitica for:

After spending a bit of time in the Hard Mode guild, I’ve started thinking of my to-do’s as fitting into one quadrant or the other of the “Eisenhower Matrix.” (There are links to a couple articles about procrastination in the description of that guild, and they refer to the Eisenhower Matrix, if you want to check it out.) Quadrant 2 is where tasks that are important but not urgent fall. That’s where making progress on hands-on things usually falls for me. Initially, I had Habitica tags for Q1, Q2, Q3, and Q4. I found another system that worked better for me there, but I’ve recently resurrected just the Q2 tag. This helps me to isolate just the tasks that seem to fall to the wayside as I crunch through the things that have to be done each day, the “urgent” things. Filtering for Q2 first thing in the morning reminds me what I actually want to be doing with any free time I wind up with in the day, which motivates me to get my must-do’s done more quickly, not spend excessive time at lunch on amusements like phone games, and thereby actually have time for things like scrapbooking, gardening, writing, creating digital art, etc.

flaming.rutebega describes how to clearly define your goals to set effective To-Dos:

One trick I’ve done with Practical Skills is to establish an Achievement Goal as a “To Do.” It sits on my “To Do” list getting redder and redder, so when I finally achieve it, I get a big reward. The trick is to clearly define the goal so you can know when you’ve achieved it. For instance, I want to draw better for my graphic novels. But that isn’t clearly defined, how better is “better.” So I drilled down and nailed something concrete. My goal is called “Master the Head.” Under notes, I explain, “I can draw the same character over and over, in any position: head shape, hair, and facial features remain consistent and recognizable.”

Meanwhile, StephanieFeige has some great tips about how to use Habitica to pick up the skill of gardening!

Well, gardening might someday be “only” a hobby and a chore, but we are new to it – we converted some patch during the past weeks that was unused before. I started off with a smaller patch last year and now try to watch and learn. Examples? There is buddleija in it – and I picked off the web to remove withered flowers so it won’t develop seeds and spread. I cut down lavender so it will have a second bloom (THAT worked great). I put down when to do this with in this case yearly reminders – being new to this, I would forget or confound the different times or methods (e.g. collect seeds or cut seedlings; will fruit be on twigs one year old or two, cut down all or just a bit winter or summer etc.). Knowing that times will vary due to the weather I rather choose early reminders and under “notes” for the dailies noted like (for lavender): “2018: first bloom over at beginning of July, second bloom started 4 days after cutting down” (so the motivation is there for next year). It is supposed to turn out to be some gardening diary until I hopefully know anyway and can go by instinct + experience. VERY long term project. I use gardenings sites and gardening shops and books and pinterest (that’s a daily until I am on safer ground). Giving the time of the year and the hot weather during the past two months in Germany (which was not normal for us), I will have to leave most planting to next year and start with some berries, maybe a small apple tree.

If you have anything to add to these ideas, you should check out the User Case Spotlights guild! We gather ideas for this type of post every month, so maybe next time it could be your tip featured here: keep an eye out for when we announce the new topic!

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