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I joined Habitica last week. Habitica allows you to turn your life into a roleplaying game. You tell it about tasks you want to do and habits you want to develop or avoid, and you get xps and loot if you do them, and lose health if you don't do them, or if you indulge in a bad habit. (It does, of course, require honesty.)

I am always ridiculously motivated by meaningless gold stars on a computer screen, so I've often considered giving it a go. (I used this same reasoning some years ago with the Wii Fit, but while it works perfectly at first, once I'd got 5 stars on an exercise I lost all interest in ever doing it again.) In the past, the main reason for my not joining was the fear that I would get too obsessed with earning points and it would ruin my life. However, I decided last week to take the plunge. At the moment, the "Dry January" switch and the "lose that pre-Christmas weight" diet switches are firmly switched on in my brain, and I'm not having any problems at all with resisting temptation. However, once the time comes to flip that switch away from January mode, things get harder, so I thought I'd see if the promise of xps would help, especially with regards to parties, dinners, weekends away and holidays, when good intentions often disappear after the first glass of wine or sight of the buffet table. I also wanted something that would encourage me to finally get on with certain non-urgent household tasks that have hanging around for months, even years, with me occasionally saying, "I really should do that one day," but never doing it.

So far it appears to be working pretty well, although the site doesn't always do what I want it to do. There are 3 types of tasks you can set: "habits," both positive and negative; one-off "To-dos," with or without a deadline; and "dailies," which don't have to be daily, but can be on specified days of the week or every X days. I wanted the ability to say I'd do something, say, 5 times a month, or 4 times a week but without specifying specific days. Pellinor is doing it, too - we're busy fighting a boss together - and he wanted a reminder to do some things roughly, but not exactly, once a fortnight. But with some trial and error, we're gradually finding ways around the limitations and are getting things more or less sorted.

So far it's definitely helped me remember a few trivial tasks that I need to do regularly but keep on forgetting, has inspired me to do more exercise, and has prompted me to get the sewing machine out to tackle some of those "I really should do that one day" tasks. But the true test will come when January ends, since we've got several parties coming up in February, but I'm hopeful that it will allow me to set reasonable goals and stick to them. We'll see...

Date: 2017-01-23 07:31 pm (UTC)
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From: [identity profile] leesa-perrie.livejournal.com
Sounds an interesting way to motivate yourself, though I think I'd just get annoyed with it and give up!! But I hope it works for you! :D

Date: 2017-01-23 08:13 pm (UTC)
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From: [identity profile] bunn.livejournal.com
I drive Pp to fury with my habit of having no habits but simply proceeding at random, so I am interested to hear how this works for you.

Date: 2017-01-23 10:16 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] louisedennis.livejournal.com
I use habitica religiously. I love its ability to give me customised daily todo lists (and its ability to let me off them using Stealth).

That said I have a daily every Sunday which is working out which days which task should fall on next week.

NB. Will happily fight bosses with you guys. I've been figthting them on my own so far.

Date: 2017-01-24 01:45 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ladyofastolat.livejournal.com
I don't think we can do stealth yet, being newbies. We're still learning how best to use the site, and keep shuffling tasks around between the different sections, trying to find the best fit for them.

One of my problems is that I often don't know what day I will be doing a task, since a lot of them are weather dependent - e.g. long walks, and household stuff that I only do when the weather is too bad for walking. My current solution is to have several ToDos with a deadline of the last day of the month - "three long walks this month," with "walk 1," "walk 2" etc. as sub-goals, for example. Then I've got "set next month's goals" as a ToDo for Feb 1st. But this may well change. Everything else has. :-)

As for bosses, how would that work, with the big level discrepency? We're fighting a teeny newbie-level boss, and are doing about 4 or 5 damage a day to it each. Presumably you're doing way more than that, so we wouldn't be much help against yours, and you'd kill ours effortlessly. Or is that not how it works?

Date: 2017-01-24 02:03 pm (UTC)
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From: [identity profile] heleninwales.livejournal.com
Welcome to Habitica! I've used it for two and a half years and in fact recently was promoted to mod (I'm Dewines on there). The thing that's kept me using it is that it's very versatile. By the time the novelty of trying to achieve perfect days and buying items with gold had worn off, I had become drawn into challenges and the guilds.

For years I've had the bad habit of fiddling around on line reading whatever forums I was following at the time, but at least the Habitica guilds are focused on Doing The Stuff, so after a while I start to feel guilty and go and do something.

There are a couple of ways around the problem of how to record things that don't have to happen on a particular day. One method is to have a To-Do each week and then add a checklist item for each walk or visit to the gym or whatever. Another way is the Grey Daily. If you have a Daily set to be active only on one day at the end of the week, if you add a checklist to the daily, you can tick off each time you do the thing (and click a corresponding habit to get your reward!). At the end of the week, the daily will light up as active and you can check it off if all boxes are ticked, or leave it and take some damage if you didn't achieve your target number of exercise sessions.

Date: 2017-01-24 06:48 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ladyofastolat.livejournal.com
Thanks! I hadn't realised that checklists could be applied to Dailies. In fact, I specifically looked for this feature and concluded that it wasn't there, although I'm not sure how I did this, since I'd managed to find it and use it with the To Dos. That could definitely be useful with our Couch to 5K runs. We're currently doing them on set days on the week, and while this will mostly be the case, there are some weeks coming up when we'll have to vary the days.

What I really want is the ability to do something similar but on a monthly basis. I suppose I could set the Daily (with checklist) to pop up only every 30 days, which is more or less a month, but it's not quite the same. I'd also like the option of recurring To Dos - i.e. as soon as you click to say you've done it, whenever that happens to be, it automatically reappears with a deadline of X days later. But I guess it's no real hardship to keep adding and re-adding them manually.

Date: 2017-01-31 10:14 am (UTC)
ext_12726: Me at the computer (Ready for battle)
From: [identity profile] heleninwales.livejournal.com
If you end up with a few monthly or weekly tasks that you want to add as new To-Dos, you can create a challenge which includes all the tasks and then each month you join your challenge and then leave again, opting to keep the tasks when prompted.

I have a couple of weekly challenges to make it easy add in the To-Dos relating to things like exercise, taking, processing and posting my weekly photo, Welsh study etc. You need to be in a party to create a private challenge like that, or you can create your own private guild if you're in a party with people you don't know and you don't want others to be able to see your tasks.

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