HabitRPG – gamify your life (in case you really don’t have enough RPGs in your life!)

Today I got myself re-acquainted with HabitRPG. It looks like I joined the service some time ago (I completed the summer and winter challenge while not being there; I did die however).

So HabitRPG is for those people who have an affinity with RPGs (no not the weapons; the games ;P ) and are suckers for achievements and leveling.

The purpose of the service is to gamify the creation of good habits by turning them into a roleplaying game.

Sounds like my cup of tea!

I started off with setting up some habits of my own which I want to cement a bit more into my life (sleep enough, drink enough water, meditate more consistently).

Apart from setting your own challenges however, you can also join ‘guilds’ which are in essence groups of people who most of the time have a theme and the challenges set in those groups are based on the theme.

For example, I joined a group of gamers and one of their challenges is to beat more games than you add to you library (oh Steam!) so as to reduce your library.

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Another challenge in a book-reading guild is to read books with a certain theme over the course of 2015 (read a book which was recommended to you, read a book based on its cover, read a book outside of your preferred genre etc).

I might have gone overboard with the guilds I joined & the challenges I accepted, but it’s lots of fun and gives you a nice idea if you don’t have good ideas of your own.

As I have been working on mindfulness a lot lately, I might add a mindfulness guild later on; didn’t find a specific one yet.

Apart from habit-tracking (which gives you XP and gold each time you check a habit), you can add Dailies and To-Dos.

Dailies are well-known in the WoW-community (and other MMO communities) as quests you can complete on a daily basis for gold a glory. They are similar in HabitRPG, however not completing them on the required day(s) makes you lose health (and gold?) so you really want to do these! I use dailies for activities I really must do on a day.

To-Dos are really a list of one-off tasks you want to do. Challenges often use these tasks and so I have quite a few, but I prefer to put my actual to-dos in another place, I started using Workflowy for that, which integrates into HabitRPG to give you gold and XP when you complete a task; pretty cool 🙂

So, lets see where this leads, but for now; very cool 🙂

Little comforts and dragons

Even though, technically, I could take one stop earlier and join a horde of sweet-drink lovers in the line at Starbucks at Eindhoven Central station, I’d rather make my favourite drink at home and play my other new mood-lifter and obsession; Dragon Age: Inquisition (Sorry WoW, I’m torn between you, but DA:I seems to be winning out today).

Little comforts and dragons

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