The Habit Loop

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It’s Wiki Wednesday! Once a month we highlight a helpful post from the Wiki with tips about productivity, wellness, and optimizing your use of Habitica!

We can’t believe 2017 is already almost over! With the end of the year and the busy holiday season approaching, it’s a great time to take another look at the methods you’re using to build better and healthier Habits! Luckily, the Wiki Scribes have great information available for players who are interested in habit-forming methodologies and concepts, such as the Habit Loop!

The Habit Loop is a neurological loop that governs any habit. The habit loop consists of three elements: a cue, a routine, and a reward. Understanding these elements can help in understanding how to change bad habits or form better ones.

Want to know more? Head over to the wiki to check out the full article!

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Dealing with Variable Goals

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It’s Wiki Wednesday! Once a month we highlight a helpful post from the Wiki with tips about productivity, wellness, and optimizing your use of Habitica!

Autumn is in full swing, and it’s a great time to do a little “fall cleaning” in your Tasks list! If you have tasks that are season-specific, or are otherwise not on a regular schedule, the Wiki Scribes have some great tips for how to manage them with Habitica!

This page compiles tricks for using the Habitica system with schedule irregularities, such as:

  • Tasks that need to be done a certain number of times per week, but not on specific days
  • Tasks that repeat monthly, seasonally, or on some other schedule

Postponing or skipping sets of tasks (e.g., due to changes in health or work shifts).

Want to know more? Head over to the wiki to check out the full article!

Extra Motivation or Undue Rewards?

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It’s Wiki Wednesday! Once a month we highlight a helpful post from the Wiki with tips about productivity, wellness, and optimizing your use of Habitica!

As autumn approaches, you may be re-evaluating your Tasks and the way you use Habitica. Maybe you’re wondering if your approach is making things too easy, or if you’re rewarding yourself too much. This month, on our ongoing tour of some of the most helpful articles the Habitica Wiki has to offer, we’ll take a look at some advice the Wiki Scribes have about what “cheating” is in Habitica and how you can balance staying motivated with keeping yourself accountable.

Habitica is here to help players learn good habits (and unlearn bad ones), not to stress them out and make them feel guilty. The right way to play is the way that is the most productive and effective for you.

To that end, “problem cheating” would be any dishonest play by which a player avoids being productive (possibly rewarding them as though they had been).

Want to know more? Head over to the wiki to check out the full article!

Using Habitica for Schoolwork

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It’s Wiki Wednesday! Once a month we highlight a helpful post from the Wiki with tips about productivity, wellness, and optimizing your use of Habitica!

Happy August, Habiticans! This month, on our ongoing tour of some of the most helpful articles the Habitica Wiki has to offer, we’ll take a look at some advice the Wiki Scribes have to offer about using Habitica to help manage your studies!

School can be tiring and stressful, but with Habitica, a player can easily beat procrastination and manage schoolwork! By simply using Habits, Dailies, To-Dos, and Rewards to motivate themselves, they can lower stress and improve grades.

Want to know more? Head over to the wiki to check out the full article!

The Library of Tasks and Challenges

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It’s Wiki Wednesday! Once a month we highlight a helpful post from the Wiki with tips about productivity, wellness, and optimizing your use of Habitica!

In the last four months’ editions of Wiki Wednesday we looked at some Sample tasks to help you to set up or re-evaluate all of your task page columns: Habits, Dailies, To-Dos, and Rewards! For even more ideas to optimize your task lists, check out the Library of Tasks and Challenges Guild. “What is this Guild and why should I check it out?”, you might ask. Luckily, the Wiki Scribes have a detailed article to let you know what the Library of Tasks and Challenges Guild has to offer!

The Library of Tasks and Challenges is a Guild where you can share and review lists of Habits, Dailies, To-Dos, and Rewards.

The Challenges serve mostly as examples and inspiration how your own tasks could look – they either contain tasks that many people are trying to do (for example, brush teeth, pay bills, exercise), or they demonstrate interesting ways to use Habitica (for example, gamifying tasks, making monthly tasks, making a “gold bank”).

Want to know more? Head over to the wiki to check out the full article!

Sample Rewards

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It’s Wiki Wednesday! Once a month we highlight a helpful post from the Wiki with tips about productivity, wellness, and optimizing your use of Habitica!

In the last three editions of Wiki Wednesday we looked at some Sample tasks to help you to set up or re-evaluate your Habits, Dailies, and To-Dos. This month we’re going to take a look at that last, oft-neglected column: Rewards. Do you get stuck when you try to think of customized Rewards to place here? Or do you want fresh, new ideas to boost your motivation?  Luckily, the Wiki Scribes have a fantastic article devoted to Sample Custom Rewards!

The Custom Rewards feature allows players to add personal, customized purchases to the Rewards list. This page contains some examples of Custom Rewards to help you develop your own.

Want to know more? Head over to the wiki to check out the full article!

Sample To-Dos

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It’s Wiki Wednesday! Once a month we highlight a helpful post from the Wiki with tips about productivity, wellness, and optimizing your use of Habitica!

In last month’s edition of Wiki Wednesday we looked at some Sample Dailies to help you decide what to put in this important column! Now that you’ve set up your Habits and Dailies, you might be thinking about what kinds of tasks are good candidates for your To-Do column. The Wiki Scribes have helpful information and examples to inspire you as you add To-Do’s to your list!

Players may find it useful to add one-time tasks to their To-Dos. Like a normal To-Do list, items added here are meant to be taken care of, marked off, and forgotten about. To-Dos can be used as a quick way to make notes about tasks that need to be taken care of when on the go, or make sure that certain steps in a project are done.

Want to know more? Head over to the wiki to check out the full article!

Sample Dailies

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It’s Wiki Wednesday! Once a month we highlight a helpful post from the Wiki with tips about productivity, wellness, and optimizing your use of Habitica!

In last month’s edition of Wiki Wednesday we looked at the Wiki Scribes’ advice about Sample Habits. Now that you’ve set up your Habits column, you might be wondering about that ever-important Dailies column.  Luckily, the Wiki Scribes have more great advice and examples to inspire you as you decide on your Dailies!

Dailies are recurring tasks in Habitica. These are the tasks that need to be taken care of either daily, or at regular intervals, or on specific days of the week. There are differences between a Daily, a To-Do, and a Habit. For a task to be a Daily, it normally needs to meet the following criteria:

  1. The task can be scheduled,
  2. The task recurs at regular times (daily or “every x days” or on certain days of the week), and
  3. The task has a measurable goal that can be checked off and forgotten about until the next day.

Want to know more? Head over to the wiki to check out the full article!

Sample Habits

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It’s Wiki Wednesday! Once a month we highlight a helpful post from the Wiki with tips about productivity, wellness, and optimizing your use of Habitica!

In last month’s edition of Wiki Wednesday we highlighted some fantastic advice from the Wiki about Establishing Your Tasks. Now that you’re working on setting up Tasks, you might be wondering where to start when you’re thinking about new Habits . Luckily, the Wiki Scribes have great examples to help you decide what goals and tasks are best suited for your Habits column!

Not everything will be a Habit. If trying to decide whether to make something a Habit, a Daily, or a To-Do, keep this in mind:

  1. Habits are actions that are performed daily, or even multiple times a day, in daily routine,
  2. usually occur unconsciously, and
  3. take time and effort to change.

Want to know more? Head over to the wiki to check out the full article!

Establishing Your Tasks

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It’s Wiki Wednesday! Once a month we highlight a helpful post from the Wiki with tips about productivity, wellness, and optimizing your use of Habitica!

In last month’s edition of Wiki Wednesday, we highlighted some fantastic advice from the Wiki about Starting Over Options. Whether you’ve started fresh for 2017, or you’re just looking to re-evaluate your Tasks, you might be wondering where to start when you’re thinking about new Habits, Dailies, and To-Dos. Luckily, the Wiki Scribes have great detailed information to help you decide what Tasks to list, and what categories may work best for them!

Consider your current tasks, aspirations, and struggles.

If you’re looking for a planner, or something to balance work and play, you may want to add all different areas of your life: habits, scheduled tasks, chores, one-time tasks, recreation, etc.

If you want to establish stronger daily routines, you can focus on that area of your life. You can break tasks into very small steps using checklists or adding notes to your tasks (visible on mouse-over).

Want to know more? Head over to the wiki to check out the full article!