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Oh, and another thing...

Another thing that I am grateful for is the existence of HabitRPG. It's a productivity and motivation tool structured as a classic 8-bit adventure game. You set up tasks and activities as either "habits", "daily" actions, or "to-do" items, and when you complete them, you gain experience and gold (which you can use for pre-made rewards or custom ones). If you miss a scheduled activity, or indulge a bad habit, you take "damage". You can also go on "quests", where your activities do "damage" to "monsters". Here's a screencap of the main page:

habitrpg

It may look frivolous, but it's helped me maintain my daily habits like nothing else has. Those of you who know me know that I have about zero discipline when it comes to sticking with something that's unpleasant in the short term, even though I know it will reap positive results in the long term. With HabitRPG, I'm sticking with it like I've never done before. It feels good.

Many thanks to kiltcheck for turning me on to this.

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ebenbrooks
Jan. 5th, 2015 03:28 pm (UTC)
Thanks. :)

Hey, wanna do lunch some time this week?
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ebenbrooks
Jan. 5th, 2015 03:45 pm (UTC)
That could work, sure. Is there any particular day that's best for you?
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ebenbrooks
Jan. 5th, 2015 05:58 pm (UTC)
Tonight I'm meeting Allison for concert prep. Wednesday is definitely doable. Let's plan on that. :)
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ebenbrooks
Jan. 5th, 2015 06:30 pm (UTC)
Will do! :)
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ebenbrooks
Jan. 6th, 2015 04:02 pm (UTC)
Yup, that's the one. :)
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ebenbrooks
Jan. 7th, 2015 12:00 pm (UTC)
Ugh. I'm sorry, I'm afraid I'm going to have to cancel today. I got maybe four hours of sleep, and I'm dragging badly. I have a strong feeling that I'm going to want to come straight home after work and crash. My apologies. Maybe next week?
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kiltcheck
Jan. 5th, 2015 03:28 pm (UTC)
Awesome. I too am finding it much more usable and rewarding for personal work, tasks, development. I've gotten into some new good habits because of it!
ebenbrooks
Jan. 5th, 2015 03:29 pm (UTC)
Yeah, me too! I'm adding tasks and activities slowly so as to not overwhelm myself, but so far, I'm really liking the results. Thank you very much for suggesting it. :)
kishiriadgr
Jan. 8th, 2015 12:04 am (UTC)
Whatever works. Go you!

trooper6
Jan. 8th, 2015 04:29 pm (UTC)
I just joined it myself, inspired by you...and I'm trying to judge what sort of things should be included as tasks or dailies or habits. I'm working it out.

Anyway...so...I'm a 1st Level noob regularly failing to get to bed my midnight. What should I know? How do I do quests?
ebenbrooks
Jan. 8th, 2015 05:26 pm (UTC)
Awesome, dude!

For now, don't worry about quests, because you have to be in a party to do them (although, if you want to jump right in, I can probably invite you to the party I'm in). Focus on structuring your habits, dailies, and to-dos.

The way I, personally, do it is like this:

HABITS: I set this up to reward actions that I want to encourage myself to do, and penalize actions that I want to discourage myself from doing. For instance, a "+" habit is "In bed by 9:30pm", and a corresponding "–" habit is "Up past 10:30pm". A habit that has both (i.e., I "+" it when I do it and I "–" it when I fail to do it) is "At work by 9am".

Also, since I'm trying to regulate my diet to some extent, I have a "habit" for each of my meals. I "+" it when it's a balanced meal, I "–" it when it's junk (or if I miss it altogether), and if it's neither I do nothing.

For my dailies, I started with the things that I know I need to do on a daily basis, but often forget, like "Take morning medication", "Scoop cat box", or "exercise". I slowly added things that I wanted to encourage myself to do, even if I didn't feel motivated to do them, like "Write for 15 minutes minimum", or "Practice guitar and/or singing". And because you can select which days of the week a daily is "active" on, I also added some semi-weekly and weekly tasks, like "Take out trash/recycling" and "Laundry".

Don't be afraid to put anything you do on a typical day into the "Dailies", even if you know that there will be days that you can't do them--because for days like that (because of illness, travel, vacation, or some other interruption of routine), you can "Rest at the Inn", which freezes all of your Dailies so that they don't damage you if you don't do them.

The To-Do list I just treat literally like a normal To-Do list. If I need to do something, I put it in there. When I do it, I check it off.

If there's anything else I can help with, feel free to ask.
trooper6
Jan. 8th, 2015 05:46 pm (UTC)
At the moment I have, "Go to bed by midnight" as a Daily...since it applies everyday...but it seems like you would put it in the Habits because it isn't a thing that you think is a must like medication or exercise. Is that right? I could move it over to the Habits with the "+ In bed by 11:30" and a "- Up past 12:30" in habits.

Your idea about the meals is really good too--because when the semester starts I often don't get my meals and water in like I should.

Hm...What is good for Daily? I have Exercise, Daily Writing, 30m of Work Email, and 30m of Reading. Does that seem like a good Daily list?

Oh! Also since the Habits don't grey out when you do them like Dailies do, when do you check them off? When you do them or at the end of the day.

Also, what sort of rewards do you think are good?

Thanks for your tips!

Edited at 2015-01-08 08:49 pm (UTC)
ebenbrooks
Jan. 8th, 2015 06:06 pm (UTC)
I always check off tasks as I do them or as soon thereafter as I can, no matter what category they're in. Habits can be "plussed" or "minused" as often as they apply. Dailies get "checked off" when you click them, but reset (i.e., clear and can be checked again) at midnight local time (according to your computer clock).

As far as what a good Daily list is ... you've got a very good start! Try it for a few days, then adjust as necessary. I have a good basic structure down (after about two months of using it), but I still make minor adjustments from time to time, so don't feel like you have to lock yourself in to something.

And like I said, if you want to join my party, I'll ask to get you an invitation.
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