How a Game is Helping Me Get S*** Done

I am a supremely lazy person. I play a lot of games, sure, and that contributes to it, but mostly it just comes down to me not having a whole lot of motivation to get up and do stuff some days. One website is changing all of that for me, and making me feel like a goddamn hero in the process.

www.HabitRPG.com is one of the coolest ideas I’ve ever seen, and I’m honestly a little bit pissed that I didn’t come up with it myself. Basically, the site lets you set up habits, daily tasks, and events that you want to get done and tracks your progress as you get them done in RPG form.

This is my personal list of things. Welcome to my life.
This is my personal list of things. Welcome to my life.

It’s a simple concept: when you do your tasks you gain experience, and gold to spend on equipment and personal “goals.” When you get enough EXP you level up, become stronger, and take less damage in true RPG fashion. When you DON’T do your daily tasks or do a task that you set up as a negative, you lose health. It’s simple, effective, and it’s generally just a fun way to quantify your days and get stuff done.

There are also guilds to join where you can take challenges with common interests, parties of other players that can quest together i, world bosses, and a lot of other little touches that really make it feel like a game.

One thing to note is that the game is, for the most part, on the honor system. In order to get the most out of it, you have to want to do your daily tasks and not cheat your way through it. Otherwise, it really defeats the point. But if you do want to use it, there’s a wonderful community of other players to support you.

The Tavern, where you can talk to other players, stop at the tavern, and generally do stuff with the game
The Tavern, where you can talk to other players, stop at the tavern, and generally do stuff with the game

Gamification has always been fascinating to me. The concept of taking normal things, and turning them into games in order to make them easy to do has a bright future, and things like HabitRPG and Zombies, Run! are pioneers in the process of turning self-betterment into something that you WANT to do.

Go ahead, check it out, at habitrpg.com. It’s helped me a lot, maybe it can help you.

 

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