At the beginning of the year, I found out about HabitRPG, a website that turns your to-do list into an RPG game. You get a little avatar and can make tasks and goals for yourself, divided into three sections: Habits, Dailies, and To-Dos. You can check out this video for an explanation on how most of the site works, but here’s a breakdown of each section:
Habits: This is stuff you want to accomplish on a regular basis, maybe a regular habit you’re trying to start or things you need to do and can easily forget about. Exercising, watering plants, journalling, quitting smoking, etc. You can click the plus sign when you do well or when you accomplish something, and the minus sign when you don’t.
Dailies: This is where you list things you want to do anywhere from every day to at least once a week. Instead of the plus/minus in the Habits section, you just click the checkmark. Maybe you want to make sure you eat breakfast everyday, or do the dishes every other day, or vacuum once a week. Also unlike the Habits section, you can add checklists to your tasks in this section.
To-Dos: Self explanatory, this section is where you mention all the other stuff you need to accomplish. For example, I make notes for my blog, such as things I need to tweak/fix in the layout or ideas for entries (which is why some of the stuff in my screenshot is blurred). You can also add checklists to your tasks here.
Rewards: Your rewards can be things like taking a day off from your chores, watching an episode of a tv show you’re catching up on, buying yourself something, or maybe treating yourself to a snack. You set the amount of gold you want each reward to be worth, making it as easy or as difficult to earn each reward as you want.
I used to have at least two to-do lists at all times, even after I finally got a smartphone. I had one list for stuff I did on a regular basis, one list for unimportant stuff I needed to do eventually, and whatever else I might make a list for. Since signing up for HabitRPG, that is my main to-do list now. It’s completely replaced the to-do app I’d been using on my phone, and I’m down to only one pad of paper on my desk. I’ve even stopped bothering to make a to-do list in my daily planner, HabitRPG has completely simplified how I keep track of what I want to accomplish.
If you have trouble finishing tasks or want to stop using multiple lists and apps, give HabitRPG a try.