Thursday, September 12, 2019

I have tried different task management systems over the years - everything from paper lists to computer-based systems. I could not stick with anything (except paper list) for a long time. And then, quite by accident, I was looking for a new task management software to try and stumbled upon Habitica. It's been three months now, and I am still really enjoying it. Why? Because Habitica makes getting things done fun :) Basically, it's a role-playing game. Just like in any role-playing game, you start by creating your character and then start earning coins and getting loot by completing tasks. You can also create your own custom rewards for getting a certain number of coins or you can redeem coins for equipment or quests.
Another interesting aspect of this free program is its social network. You can join guilds based on interests or participate in official and unofficial challenges. You can also create a party and battle monsters on quests. There are also chats about good habits, time management, etc.
After a month of playing, I convinced Smarty to try it out. Now she is also addicted and we banded up in a party. This gives us a lot to talk about and also motivates Smarty to plan her day. I guess both of us are somewhat extrinsically motivated by rewards even when they are entirely virtual :)
There are a few things that I wish were better - ironically they all are in the basic area of organizing tasks and user interface while entering tasks. For example, there is no priority and the tasks cannot be sorted by date. I kind of got used to it by now but it is still annoying that it takes me about 15 minutes to add my tasks, date them, and classify them as easy, medium, and hard. However, Habitica is a community driven project, so perhaps these features will eventually appear. Oh, and for phone lovers, it also has an iPhone and an Android app!

Your Turn

Have you found any good apps or websites lately?

2 comments:

MaryAnne said...

I'll have to look this up! It sounds intriguing.

I've enjoyed Duolingo this past year or so as a way of staying slightly more current on languages I rarely speak.

Ticia said...

That does sound amusing. I wonder if I'd get lost in the set up and such stuff.