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In praise of HabitRPG

I am really liking HabitRPG. For those of you who don’t know, it gamifies the process of getting chores done. You put in habits you’re trying to reinforce, daily routines you want to get in, and items on your to do list, and it gives your avatar points when you complete them and takes away health when you fail to. When you’re doing well on a particular habit or routine, it goes from yellow to green to blue, and when you’re doing poorly it turns red.

It turns out I really like being able to click off those little boxes that say I did something. I think it speaks to the same part of me that noting my doings on my Accomplishment Chart does. So I’ve found it very helpful in getting me back on track with my chores. I’m usually pretty on top of responsibilities and tasks, but since my mom died I kind of fell out of my good habits, like regular housecleaning. I’ve always responded to regiment, and this adds another layer of it without excessively corralling my life. HabitRPG has gotten me motivated, perhaps to better effect than ever. Right now I’m using it to keep the house clean, exercise, eat right, and various other forms of taking care of myself.

I’m a creature of pretty extreme habit. Once I get into a groove, good or bad, it’s hard to shake me from it. So I’m trying to use it to get into certain good habits that have been historically hard for me to establish. My acne, for example, has been even worse than usual lately and I’d love to find some way to make it go away. I’ve never found anything that’s really effective but I admittedly have never stuck with any treatment for long. I’m hoping HabitRPG will motivate me to get me to use my medicated scrub and moisturizer on a regular basis. I’ve managed to make it a week so far, so let’s hope it helps me stick with it.

I really recommend HabitRPG if you need a better way to get things done. It keeps them in the forefront of your mind, and incentivizes your doing them.


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Sep. 25th, 2014 04:04 am (UTC)
I've been using it for a while (level 34-now). It has its faults (when I first tried it I was kind of offended that the broad/male body type was the default, there's temptation to use in a really mean/unhealthy way (like, spamming a negative habit button every time you eat something if you're depressed about your body image.) I wish the RPG system was used a bit more creatively (rather than linear level-ups). However, I haven't found a general-purpose tool out there that's worked quite as well for motivation. So agreed.

It's open source, and at some point I'd like to try to actually fix the things that bother me rather than just complain about them. :) (it's written in technologies I used at my last job and could use more practice in, it'd be neat to read todos from a plain text file rather than having to enter them manually into HabitRPG, I wouldn't mind making the RPG elements a bit more creative.) all of which would be time consuming, though, so I'm secretly hoping someone else fixes it. there's something a little off-putting about the community (and a lot of open source projects in general that read "privileged white boys trying to write a tool that works for EVERYONE and not considering some stuff", but separate rant), and I haven't been motivated to get past that.

it's also been improving rather than getting worse over the time I've used it. That's kind of a neat sign.
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