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How I Manage Productivity (Habitica tutorial)

As a college student, I know how tough it can be to get your priorities straight. I know firsthand how stressful it can be when you have a project due and you need to rush to finish it the night before. Not everyone has a natural talent for prioritizing, and that’s okay! If you’re having trouble figuring out how balance the many parts of your life, why not try an app? There are tons of great programs and websites out there that help with productivity. In today’s article, I’d like to introduce one that I swear by, Habitica.

Habitica

Habitica¬†is an online organization app designed to function like a casual Role-Playing game. I got introduced to it about five years ago when I started learning Japanese and wanted a good way to plan out my studies. In Habitica, you can add and edit your own Habits, Dailies, and To-Do lists on your Task page and check them off whenever they’re completed. Completing your tasks earns you experience points for leveling up your avatar, and currency to spend on equipment to strengthen your character. You can also make custom personal rewards to spend money on, like having a cheat day on your diet plan, for example.

 

Where Habitica truly shines however, is its community features, which includes “guilds” where people who share common goals can interact with each other. Alongside Guilds are Party, which you can set up or join with other players to fight special quest bosses together. The more tasks you clear everyday, the more damage your party does to monsters. To aid with this party feature is a class system that unlocks after reaching Level 10 on your account. On Habitica, I play a Wizard who has access to skills centered around increasing the rewards from Tasks, and reducing the penalty from not completing dailies.

Accounts on Habitica are free, so if you want to check it out, just visit the official site here.

Habitica also has an iOS/Android app available.

 

Other Apps I Use

I also like to use Windows 10’s calendar app. It’s simple, but it has an intuitive interface, and is compatible with the mobile Outlook app. I get notifications for any important class meetings and assignment deadlines. So alongside Habitica, I have a great reminder system in place for making sure I’m always on top of my responsibilities.

 


That’s the end of today’s post! I go by the name “Arcturus” on Habitica, so if you want to chat and start a party with me, feel free to ask! This week I’m on break from school, so expect a lot of activity here in the coming days. As always, thanks for reading.