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30 Day Habit RPG Challenge

Habit RPG Since we’re very nearly at the half-way mark of 2014, May seemed like as good a time as any to check-in on how my New Year’s resolutions are coming along. And that’s when I realized I needed help if I was actually going to achieve my goals. Some I’m doing okay with: most of my blog goals are on track; but all of my personal goals are seriously lagging behind. Which is where Habit RPG and my little challenge comes in.

Habit RPG is a free application, accessible by computer and mobile (Android & iOS), that lets you track your behaviour and earn XP and rewards for making good habits stick. While there are other similar applications out there that use an RPG model to encourage you to do chores or other things you’d rather not, I like that Habit RPG is habit focused and is very flexible with the types of activities you include, as well as how they are tracked.

Habit RPG Avatar Cusomization The first step to using Habit RPG is to create and customize your avatar. Options are limited, with more extravagant choices available to those willing to shell out for them. Yes, that’s right. It’s a freemium application. Well, sort of. Basically, there are three currencies in the game: gold, silver and diamonds. Gold and silver are earned by completing your tasks & habits, while diamonds need to be purchased in bundles of 20 for $5 a shot. However, if you take the voluntary $5 a month subscription you can purchase diamonds with gold. You also get to disable the ads, get access to unique, subscriber only items and your daily drop-cap is doubled.

Habit RPG Tasks The next step, of course, is to add some tasks. Habit RPG allows you to group tasks into one of three categories: Habits, Dailies & To-Dos. Basically, habits are actions you either want to encourage or discourage in your day-to-day life and they can yield rewards or penalties depending on whether this is a habit you want to start or stop. Dailies are tasks that need to (or should) be performed everyday. However, you can actually assign specific days to these tasks, as well as a time of day when it should be performed. The last category of task is the To-Dos. These are tasks that are non-repeating, but still need to get done at some point.

You can also set your own rewards, which you then set a price for in the in-game currency. For example, I could take the 10 gold coins I just got for taking the stairs instead of the elevator on a piece of cake or an episode of Game of Thrones. I could also just use it on in-game goods, like better armour, and seriously deck out my avatar.

Habit RPG also boasts a number of social innovations, including building parties of your friends to earn XP together, to joining a Guild. Guilds are particularly interesting in Habit RPG because they can range from being centered around specific habits, like quitting smoking or running, to fandoms like Bronys or Whovians.

I went ahead this morning and added all of my To-Dos for the month to my list of tasks, as well as daily habits I want to get better at (making the bed, anyone?) and a few things I’d like to do less of. While it’s only been a few hours, I do have to say that seeing that little yellow bar go up every time I complete something is surprisingly satisfying, and knowing that my health will drop if I slip and do something I’d like not to does make me consider my actions more carefully.

I’m going to try out this method of accountability for 30 days and then report back with my results. If anyone would like to join me, email me for my Party group ID.

Disclaimer: I was neither contacted by, nor received compensation from Habit RPG for this post. I am just genuinely curious about the benefits of such a program and want to provide my own, honest opinion.

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16 Comments

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    Ari Carr
    May 1, 2014 at 3:18 pm

    I have a similar app on my phone called Task Hammer and it really helps! It’s more like just an RPG to-do list, but it’s really satisfying ticking off tasks.

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    cupcakerator
    May 1, 2014 at 3:43 pm

    OH. MY. GOD. This is adorable and I love it and I must try it!

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    Stephanie Medeiros (@ohnerdjoy)
    May 1, 2014 at 4:52 pm

    THANK YOU FOR THIS! Seriously. While Nerdist’s version is cool and has a DnD vibe, you need to write everything down and if you forget a day it can get overwhelming and stressful. Been looking for something that is easy to track online.

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      Mariko
      May 2, 2014 at 4:01 pm

      Yup, and it’s available on iOS & Android, so you can sync your progress from anywhere.

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    Joie Fatale
    May 1, 2014 at 6:26 pm

    Downloading this now!

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    cynicalbadger
    May 2, 2014 at 3:05 am

    What a cool app! Downloading it now and going to give this a whirl myself 🙂

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      Mariko
      May 2, 2014 at 3:59 pm

      Cool. Lemme know what you think of it.

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    Jane Y.
    May 2, 2014 at 7:48 am

    this is such an adorable app!

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      Mariko
      May 2, 2014 at 3:57 pm

      It’s simple, but it’s much more flexible than other similar apps I’ve seen.

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    sophierocious
    May 3, 2014 at 2:31 am

    I’ve been looking for something like this. I’ve tried a lot of apps, but I never stick with them. Hoping this is the one. Thanks for sharing!

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    Fiona
    May 4, 2014 at 4:13 am

    This sounds awesome, I look forward to hearing your re-cap as well 🙂

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      Mariko
      May 6, 2014 at 12:35 pm

      Thanks! So far so good, but it takes a very long time to level up.

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    Nagareboshi
    May 4, 2014 at 6:31 am

    Oh! I will definitely try this. It might be stay on top of tasks that I lack motivation for. ^^

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      Mariko
      May 6, 2014 at 12:37 pm

      Yeah. I finally unlocked new equipment, currently saving my gold for a new sword.

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    GlimGlam LAK
    May 8, 2014 at 6:38 am

    This was an insta-download for me! Amazing, thanks for recommending!

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