I am a tech geek (among other things, but today’s post is about how much of a tech geek I am sometimes).
I like trying new techy things, I like skipping how-tos until I’m stuck with figuring it out on my own, and I like finding new things that improve my life.
Maybe you don’t like new techy things or skipping tutorials (I’m adventurous, I know), but you like finding new things that improve your life, right??? (Also I’m pretty sure Lupe over there is going to read this one day and repeatedly tell me I find the weirdest apps. 😝)
Let’s talk about Habitica, a productivity app that takes in gaming elements to make your life more fun.
I discovered this app sometime in 2016 (forgot how and why but I must have gotten bored with all of the other task management apps), took a break from it and then came back to it.
You can say I have abandonment issues with Habitica. It’s not them, it’s me. Because I adore this app and love it, and I really have no issues with it. One of the reasons why I decided to try out this app is the RPG (roleplaying) aspect, which sets Habitica apart from other task management apps. You can:
- Gain experience points and levels as you complete tasks
- Collect virtual pets and mounts
- Receive gold as you complete tasks to spiff up your mini self
- Lose health and mana as you abandon tasks (oops 🙈)
- Join guilds and parties along with interacting with other members
- Complete quests and battle monsters with members of your party (aka FRENS)
No one ever said you couldn’t have a little bit of fun while adulting.
So how does this super cool app/website work?!?!?!
We’re going to use my very disorganized screenshot as the guinea pig here.
Habitica divides this up into 3 categories: habits, dailies, to-dos:
- Habits – things like “Blog Hopping”, “Scheduling Tweets” or “Taking Bookstagram Photos”
- I call this the lighter version of dailies in a way, depending on the task, but “not biting nails” really isn’t a daily
- Dailies – things like “Checking Emails”, “Read for 30 minutes” or “Responding to Comments”
- You can set this to daily, weekly, monthly or yearly
- So I just realized I have my gaming habits too 😂
- To-Do – things you should probably be doing but you may or may not be me and procrastinating
- I’m so bad at this, look at how red I ammmm
- Okay but in my defense, I have some of my to-dos months from the due date
- I’m so bad at this, look at how red I ammmm
For each positive habit, each completed daily, each completed task, you earn: gold, XP (experience), mana and a chance to get an egg for a pet or food to feed your pets. (My phoenix is a cutie, but you’d have to be a paying member for about 3 months to actually get it.)
I personally use it for all kinds of things – blogging, school, work, life, etc. I use this alongside my newly created planner, which I tend to have a love/hate relationship.
Hey, what about parties and guilds?
I think part of my abandonment with Habitica occasionally is being in a party with random people – can’t really talk about books because I don’t know if they like books, right? Plus my party was partially dead, so I roped some bloggers into starting a new party. 😏
We’re currently a small party, so feel free to hit me up with a message through email or social media, and I’ll shoot an invite.
There is currently no guild created for book bloggers, however, I do plan on creating one just for book bloggers if the party is full. There is, however, a guild for bloggers, which I’m a part of and you can join! If you’d like to wait or if you’re already in a party, feel free to check back for any potential updates.
Or you can message me periodically.
And hope I don’t forget to respond because I’m so good at responding promptly.
Do you have to pay?
Although some features are paid, Habitica is completely free! Most people will find the free version will be enough to suffice. However, if you extra features such as being able to buy gems with gold, get nice backgrounds (not the solid color ones for free) or get items a free member would not normally be able to get, subscription starts at around $5.
Similar Apps (Plus Links to Habitica)
I’ve heard from some people that they’ve actually had trouble with Habitica on their phones, so there are some alternative apps that they use and find helpful. I’ve also found a few myself that I personally have not used but have a gaming vibe. Feel free to try them all out and see what works for you! 😊
Note: All of these are free – while there may be paid ones out there, I am not spotlighting those.