Use Case Spotlight: Making the Most of the Mage 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 the last in our series highlighting how our users get the most out of each class. In this case, we’re discussing the Mage Class!

hiandbye is new to the Mage class, but summarizes the reasons to love it:

It’s my first “playthrough” and I picked the mage class and I’m very happy about my choice. You can get so much experience on your own with Burst of Flames, it’s ridiculous. […] I’m just blasting through levels; after around half a year of using Habitica I’m at level 57 already. Whenever my health gets low, I don’t buy health potions, I just level up instead.

Also, I like seeing the streaks on my dailies rise. Casting Chilling Frost helps with days where you don’t feel like doing anything but it’ll drain your mana even faster.

Of course, Mana regenerates slowly, so these skills allow for only a few days of lazyness before I have to square up and dilligently complete all my Dailies. But I like it like that.

8749Dayton has a Warrior’s perspective on the best Mage skill:

Warrior player here. One thing I love about my party is that mage players collaborate with others to maximize the effectiveness of ethereal surge. It’s helped save lives of members and helps me deal a ton more damage on bosses. So if you’re playing mage use ethereal surge. I see so many people talking about how much exp you gain with flame burst but you as a mage player can be the reason some people didn’t die, the warriors did more damage than they originally could have, or having more buffs to stats from other party members. TLDR ethereal surge is an amazing skill so collab with your party to maximize its value

Cyn has tips about making the most of your INT stat:

Mage tips: raise your Intelligence as high as possible. Feel free to use few Burst of Flames whenever you are participating in a party quest. With high Intelligence, you’ll be gaining levels in no time (not to mention you’ll have an increased mana pool and faster mana regen)

Finally, I (shanaqui) added a little thought of my own about the benefits of the Mage class versus keeping the game balanced:

I think for me there’s one major thing about the Mage class that’s both a pro and a con, depending on your play-style: almost everything goes faster with a Mage! I usually switch to Mage when things are feeling a little slow, either in terms of levelling or also in quests (since you can speed through all Boss quests with the help of Burst of Flames). In the end, I usually alternate Mage and Rogue, so I can match that quick progress with increased drops to actually feed up those quest pets!

This month’s focus was on Mages, but if you’re interested in one of the other classes, don’t worry! We’ve already covered Warriors, Healers and Rogues, and you can find the links below at the end of the post.

We’ve covered each of the classes now, so next month’s Use Case Spotlight will be on a new topic! If you chip in on the next discussion, you could find your own post highlighted in next month’s roundup. We’d love to hear from you, so check out the Use Case Spotlights Guild for other tips, and to add your perspective!

Other posts in this series: Warrior | HealerRogue | Mage

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Use Case Spotlight: Making the Most of the Rogue 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 the next in our series highlighting how other users get the most out of a particular class. In this case, we’re discussing the Rogue Class!

To get us started, Trangon extols some of the benefits of being a Rogue:

I choose the Rogue class for the increased drop rate. I enjoy building up my pet and mounts collection, as well as getting all equipment possible, so I invested all my experience stat points into perception. Every morning I use all my mana points to get 100-200 Gold using pickpocket on one of my most successful habits (I never use any of the other skills), which I spend on the Enchanted Armoire to get new and unique gear and food to grow my pets. With this system I always have money to buy a potion when needed (I’m a solo player). I chose this play style because I have no hurry leveling up and the new gear and pets keep things entertaining. In addition, although I have started to invest stat points in strength as well in the last months, I do enjoy the week/months long fights with quest bosses.

Allors4612 has some great tips on how to set up your stats, especially while you’re just starting out:

For beginners to Habitica (or those on Hard Mode), I recommend putting points on CON for the first few levels until acquiring the Stealth skill, to prevent excessive loss of health. In my opinion, you can put a few points on STR as well so you don’t feel useless during quests. After gaining all the skills, you’re pretty much set for life. From then on, put most of your stat points on INT to boost your increase in exp and mana. I don’t recommend putting points on PER, unless you want to earn a lot of gold or get the Triad Bingo achievement.

PixelStormArt has some great suggestions on how to use your unique Rogue class skills, and how to maximize the returns!

In terms of how I use my skills, I usually buff my party’s Perception at the start of my day using Tools of the Trade, but save a little mana to use Pickpocket or Backstab for myself. I rarely use Stealth, mainly because my party’s healer is able to heal us every day and I don’t mind taking a hit. If anything it motivates me to complete more of my dailies rather than taking an easier way out.

My top tip would be to regularly check the Skills and Buffs section of Data Display Tool, as this will tell you what the best task is for you to use your skill on and what you will gain from it. Though this tip is true for all classes, staying on top of it as a Rogue can help you optimise your gold (and xp) output from your skills.

Meanwhile, Saphykun discusses how to keep the game balanced with that massive flow of gold coming in!

Playing the rogue class meant revamping my playstyle. I’m motivated by maintaining my health pool, not by gold. Since I make so much gold from tasks, losing health is no longer a threat to me because I can always buy potions with gold. Not to mention that my party completes quests so quickly that I level up often enough – and regain my health and get more gold. Oh, and we have two more rogues in my party, and all of us cast Tools of the Trade… did I mention that we get a lot of gold? It’s almost a problem for me!

Because of that, I’ve transferred my negative habits to the rewards column. Indulging on negative habits means less gold allocated to gems and rewards that I really want. It changed the way I play, with the added side effect of managing my budget on Habitica every week. That’s a plus, I think!

If you’re interested in reading everyone’s tips and tricks, not just the edited highlights here, don’t hesitate to check out the Use Case Spotlights Guild!

This month’s focus was on Rogues, but if that’s not your idea of a good time, don’t fret! We’ve already covered Warriors and Healers, and the final Use Case Spotlight in this series will focus on the Mage class. Don’t forget, if you chip in on the next discussion, you could find your own post highlighted in next month’s Spotlight! We’d love to hear from you.

Other posts in this series: Warrior | Healer

Use Case Spotlight: Making the Most of the Healer 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 continue the theme from last month and highlight how other users get the most out of a particular class. In this case, we’re discussing the Healer Class!

Aequillita started us off with some excellent reasons to choose it:

I am not sure if I have any special tips or tricks but I want to share why I decided to play healer this time after having played the other classes over and over again. I have many tasks and with other classes I would level up way too quick and get too much equipment in a short period of time which wouldn’t let me appreciate it as much. I don’t even know if I have many tasks in comparison to others but in the end it doesn’t matter. For me, just individually, it let to some overwhelm when the equipment became too many items and pets/mounts to choose from. And everything was so easy to get. So my decision for this profile came from a long-term perspective and long-term experience.

Of course, in the beginning the drops were much lower and levelling up was slower than playing other classes. Now that I am over level 100 I already have reached the point (again) that I don’t pay much attention to the food drops and experience points any more. But I have set very restrictive rules when to hatch one single pet, when to buy a single item from the Armoire and all the other playful items the game offers. That in combination with playing healer, makes it much more special when I receive one single new item or pet/ mount/ background. Playing healer also significantly slows down quests. That is, as long as nobody in the party cast their powerful spells. Which is a good thing for my approach. Finishing quests has become a special occasion. And then, of course, I have to meet other certain goals to actually being ‘allowed’ to hatch one of those pets:)

PizzaMyHeart has ideas on one of the unique advantages of being the Class that can save your Party when everything goes wrong:

I’ve been a healer for awhile. Don’t necessarily have tips and tricks, but one thing I love is the extra accountability for your tasks. Sure, just like the other classes your missed tasks (during a quest) will damage your party. But one particular thing about healers is their ability to heal their party with mana. If you don’t do your dailies, habits or tasks, you wont have manna to bless your party. It takes the focus off yourself and puts it towards others.

And here’s Editha’s tip on how to best distribute your points:

As a healer…. I played 2/3rd stat points into INT, and 1/3 into CON. The fast regen of INT helped me to heal my entire party

While cherrythecheery has a tip for those who play a little differently:

I tend to have a lot of tasks, especially Dailies, to hold me accountable so I appreciate having the Skill to restore my health when I need it.

As for stat points, I focus more on Constitution for the same reason. I reckon if I have more tasks, I am more prone to getting damage, and it’s helpful for both me and the party if my damages will cost low points.

This month’s focus was on Healers, but if that’s not your cup of tea, don’t fret! 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, don’t hesitate to check out the Use Case Spotlights Guild!

And don’t forget, if you chip in on the next discussion, you could find your own post highlighted in next month’s Spotlight! We’d love to hear from you.

Other posts in this series: Warrior

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!

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.