Pomodoro

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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!

One of the major productivity techniques people on Habitica talk about is the Pomodoro: a 25-minute stint of focused work, followed by a five-minute break… and then another 25-minute stretch of focused work. It’s called a Pomodoro after the tomato-shaped timer originally used by Francesco Crillo, who came up with the technique. Guilds on Habitica take it to the extreme with tomato throwing contests, prizes for those who complete the most ‘poms’, and a whole wealth of challenges related to the technique.

So this week’s highlighted Wiki post is all about how to use that technique alongside your Habitica setup:

The simplest way to use Habitica to support the Pomodoro technique is to use a mechanical device like a kitchen timer or an electronic device to time each Pomodoro. Players then track their activity manually on Habitica with a combination of HabitsDailies, and potentially Rewards.

By creating a Habit for each completed Pomodoro and optionally a second Habit for each completed set, Habiticans can track how many Pomodori they complete in a day.

Check out the full Wiki page here for more tips, tricks and resources for supercharging your productivity using both Habitica and the Pomodoro Technique!

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Guild Creation and Maintenance Tips

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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!

Guilds are one of the key social spaces in Habitica. You can join as many as you like, and they cover all kinds of topics from productivity to crafting to managing your finances — and if you can’t find the kind of Guild you’re looking for, it only takes four Gems to create it. The Wiki page we’re featuring this month has tips for exactly that: how to create a Guild, how to promote it, how to get people engaged and chatting in the Guild once you’ve got it set up… The Wiki page is a one-stop shop for almost anything you might want to know before you set up a Guild.

Here’s a quote from the page which sums it all up:

This page is about creating and maintaining an active and successful guild. The tips will be useful for any guild leader, and for those planning to lead either a new or existing guild.

It is easy to create a new guild. It is more difficult to create a guild that is successful. Once a guild is created, it takes effort to keep a guild active. “Dead” guilds (i.e., guilds that are inactive or fail to gain momentum) clutter up the list of public guilds. The guild leader has several ways to prevent this. If a guild leader wishes to step down, it is easy to hand over guild leadership to another member.

So if you’re interested in starting a Guild — or breathing new life into one you’ve been maintaining for a while — then you should definitely take a look at the page here!

Perfect Day

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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!

The first time a Habitican completes each and every task on their list for the day, they receive the Perfect Day badge. Every time you complete all your tasks, you get +1 on that achievement — but that’s not all! This month’s highlighted Wiki post is all about that elusive Perfect Day, what it does for you, and how exactly you can make sure to get it every day (or nearly: even the most motivated Habitican needs a break now and then).

The Perfect Day achievement is awarded when a player completes all Dailies that are due that day. In addition to the normal rewards (goldXP, and taking no damage) the player receives an achievement on their profile and a special bufffor the following day (+level / 2 to all attributes, capped at a buff of 50 points at level 100). If the player’s level is an odd number, their level will be rounded up to the nearest even number before the buff is applied.

And of course, a Perfect Day means you’ve done everything you needed to do, so the achievement and the boost you get for the next day are only what you deserve. So if that shiny badge tempts you (and who wouldn’t be tempted by that?), you should definitely take a look at the Perfect Day page to get all the info, and tips on setting up your tasks to make it more possible to achieve. You can find it here!

Keeping Parties Motivated

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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!

Greetings, denizens of Habitica! One of the key features of Habitica which makes it work as an accountability tool is the Party system. It’s easier to force yourself to get up and do that last load of laundry if you know the boss is going to attack your friends far too hard if you don’t, right? Parties can be more motivating when they’re active, friendly and fun, and this can be especially important to pay attention to if you’re partying up with people you only know from Habitica. This month’s featured Wiki article is on Keeping Parties Motivated:

Parties are one of the primary social features of Habitica. Players in a party have their own chat. They can cooperate on quests, send letters, and use unique items on each other. Quests are a primary means to earn unique rewards. Only players aligned in a party may participate in quests together. They can be a fun way of interacting with the game. Quests also help with accountability, and can provide support and encouragement. It is recommended that a party have no less than four members before engaging in all but the most basic quests.

Over time, even large parties or powerful party members may lose interest or experience burnout. Challenges are one of the many ways of motivating your party. This page is about other methods to keep your party engaged or entertained.

Want to read more on how to spice up your Party life? Head over to the Wiki and check out the full article.

Self-Imposed 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!

Hello Habiticans! Are you a long-time player looking for a higher difficulty level? Or are you new, but want to really test your mettle in your quest to be more productive? We’ve got some great Wiki articles detailing how to customize your Habitica experience to fit your goals and style, thanks to our wonderful and hard-working Wiki Scribes! This month we’re looking at Self-Imposed Challenges:

Habitica offers numerous ways to test the resolve of players, such as achievements, quests, and challenges. However, a player may reach a point where they feel they have earned every in-game award. Other players may find their current level or stockpile of gold makes the game too easy and allows them to indulge more bad habits than they would like.

The suggestions below have been created by users to keep the game feeling new and challenging even for advanced players. Most of them make the game more difficult, but some change play style in other ways. Several of these can be combined to create a truly challenging play experience.

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

Routines

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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!

Hello Habiticans! The year is still young, and February is a great time to put new habit-building practices in place for 2018. If you’re looking for help with structuring your day, or have tasks that need to be completed in order, a routine might be just what you need! If you’d like to set one up, we have a great guide tailored just for Habitica, thanks to our wonderful and hard-working Wiki Scribes!

A Routine involves assigning a particular order, time, or trigger for doing one or more common tasks. By adding additional structure, players can reduce opportunities for procrastination or indecision, and keep themselves organized. Routines can also help make the most out of unscheduled time.

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

SMART Goal Setting

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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 New Year, Habiticans! At this time of year, lots of folks are making resolutions and setting new goals, but keeping those through the whole year can be a real challenge. If you’re working to set and keep realistic resolutions and goals, you might be interested in the SMART Goal Setting method. If you’re not familiar with this concept, or would like to learn more about it, the Habitica Wiki has a great guide, courtesy of our fantastic Wiki Scribes!

SMART goal setting is a productivity methodology designed to help you achieve your goals by improving the goals themselves. By ensuring all goals follow the 5 SMART criteria, you can create better goals and have a better chance of achieving them.

The SMART criteria are:                                                                

S.M.A.R.T.

  • Specific
  • Measurable
  • Achievable
  • Relevant
  • Timely

Want to know more? Head over to the wiki to check out the full article. And if you’re making a special resolution for 2018, you may also want to check out our special New Years Resolution Challenge and Guild for support and accountability through the whole year!

The Habitica Planner

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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!

A new year is on the horizon, and lots of folks are thinking about ways to re-vamp their task management strategies to get 2018 off to the best possible start! Have you ever wondered if there are ways to make Habitica work better as your main or sole task manager? If so, the Wiki Scribes have some awesome tips and tricks just for you.

Read on for some ideas for using Habitica as a comprehensive planner or a central hub for your schedule, projects, and tasks.

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

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!

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!