Tags can be used to categorize tasks. New accounts start with the tags morning, afternoon and evening. Players can create their own tagging systems based on time, difficulty, context, or any other criteria. Tags can also be used to help implement other task management systems (such as Getting Things Done) within HabitRPG. This page provides examples of how other Habiticans have broken up their tasks. Each section has some examples of tags that can be used for that category.
Emoji are small icons that can be easily inserted with simple text. With a diverse selection of icons, most tags could be converted into emoji or have emoji added to help the player quickly see what they are about. The Emoji cheat sheet has the full set of emoji currently available, as well as some tips on how to add emoji to tasks in order for a full effect. Some people find that adding emoji to tags and the corresponding tasks is helpful, while others add them just to tasks or just tags.
Gamified Categories Editar
Gamification is a big part of HabitRPG, and using gamified tags and tasks can add even more to the experience.
- Lay Ambush Against Morning Chaos (tomorrow morning's tasks, e.g. pack lunch, iron clothes, etc.)
- Hunt (errands)
- Scrolls (document preparation)
- Castle Keep (administrative tasks)
- Today's Adventure (e.g. @today)
- Strengthen Alliances (communications)
- Crystal Ball (someday/maybe)
Properties of Tasks Editar
Time of DayEditar
Time-of-day based tags are typically tied to Dailies and focus on the time of day a task needs to be completed, for example:
- Morning or Dawn
- Afternoon or Noon
- Evening or Dusk
Time-based tags can be helpful when you are planning your day in advance, or alternately can help you find small tasks to fit into a bit of spare time:
- < 15 min
- 1 hour or < 1 hour
- > 1 hour < 2
You can also create general tags that specify a category of habit you wish to build, for example:
- $ or Finance
- Work or Business
- Health, MED, Medical, or Medicine
- Cooking, Culinary
- Education, Learning, or Study
- Family or Kin
- Wisdom, Self knowledge, or Self care
Tags can be used to break tasks down based on different projects or life goals
- Book I'm Writing
- Client X Construction Project
- 30 Day Fruit for Snack Challenge
- Learned How to Fold Fitted Sheets
Priority and DifficultyEditar
Tagging by priority helps to ensure that any Dailies that are missed, and To-Dos that are put off, are low priority. By clicking the priority tags, you only have to look at the priority level you're working on. This helps to keep you from feeling overwhelmed when you look at your complete list. Use as many priority levels as needed, for example:
- First priority (another version of this tag might be "survival")
- Second priority
- Third priority (another version of this tag might be "if I have time" or "last priority")
Tagging by difficulty allows hiding items that are difficult if you feel like doing something easy (or hide easy things if you want a challenge). You can use both priority and difficulty together by clicking the priority and difficulty level you want to work on. So, if you want to focus on first priority items that are easy, you would click the "first priority" and "easy" tags. Some may want to work from first priority easy up to hard, and repeat that pattern for the decreasing priority levels. Another option is to work from first priority hard and go down.
Survival Tag Editar
If you are experiencing a mental health or other personal crisis, a "survival" tag can help you focus on the Habits and tasks that are most critical to your well-being. Note that this is suggested as a coping technique, but it's not a replacement for outside help -- please recognize when you may need to contact a crisis hotline (international hotlines are here) or check yourself into a hospital.
For this, you'll need a "survival" tag (which can also double as your "first priority" tag if you want to also use the priority tagging system above) and one To-Do which must be tagged "survival".
In your Habits list, tag every coping technique you have and anything you like to do. Do NOT tag any negative Habits. Dealing with those could make you feel worse, and that's the last thing you need during a mental health episode. In your Dailies list, tag only things that are required for your survival and the survival of any living thing you're responsible for (keep pet chores and children on the list!). Do the same for To-Dos. Try not to neglect school assignments, but pace yourself as mental health is more important.
Finally, here is the To-Do you must add. Keep this at the very top of your To-Do list to remember it. It should have a checklist.
In case of emergency (or Emergency survival mode)
- Activate survival Dailies
- Deactivate non-survival Dailies
- Filter for the "survival" tag
- Seek professional help (make an appointment or call a hotline; if you need to go to the hospital, check into the Inn and skip to this step)
There's one more optional thing you might like to add to your Dailies list (use a checklist): attempt one of each difficulty level from each list (Habits, Dailies, and To-Dos). To mark this off, you don't have to succeed or finish what you start; you only have to try. Marking off a Daily just for trying to do something can make you feel good about the attempt, even if you failed to complete it.
This "survival" tag method is useful for people who are going through an episode, depression, or even a common cold. It allows you to continue doing tasks without having to worry about losing health points for missed tasks, and is an alternative to staying at the Inn for those who do better with something to focus on. Remember to use the system that works for you.
Getting Things Done (GTD)Editar
Getting Things Done is a productivity system that encourages the Habitican to categorize all tasks into different contexts, as well as different time horizons.
- Possible Contexts: People, Places, Tools, for example:
- @Brother, @co-worker, @Jacob
- @home, @office, @out
- @phone, @computer, @anywhere
- Waiting for
- Active (allowing On-Hold, Someday/Maybe tasks to be filtered out)
See GTD HabitRPG for more on implementing David Allen's "Getting Things Done" on HabitRPG.
The Secret WeaponEditar
- Main article: GTD HabitRPG
The GTD process has helped many people with prioritizing tasks and getting everything out of their head and into their system. However, some people still struggle with keeping information all in one place, or knowing where to put ideas that they have collected. The people at Braintoniq highly recommend using the program Evernote to help keep everything in one place. Since Evernote is a cloud based system that works on PCs, Macs, and a multitude of mobile devices, it can easily help organize every step of the GTD system into one program. Keep in mind that the tags have symbols or letters in order for sorting purposes in Evernote, but these symbols could be removed when integrating into HabitRPG. Here are some examples of the tags used in Evernote:
- What: These tags show what the note in question is, such as Active or Inactive
- .Active Projects
- .Inactive Projects Read/Review
- When: When does this task need to be done?
- Where: Is the task something that can be done at home, or do you need to go somewhere to complete it?
- Who: Is another person involved in the task that you need to collaborate with?
- [Family Member]
- [Group Member]
Each of these tags can be easily converted to be used in HabitRPG. For instance, an active tag can be placed on active projects, or an inactive tag on projects that are waiting for something. Alternatively, Daily tasks can be entered that redirects you to a task in Evernote. For instance, instead of having a tag for active projects, you could create a Habit or a Daily instead.
Eat That Frog / Do Your Hardest Task First / Most Important Thing (MIT) Editar
These systems encourage the player to do their most difficult or unpleasant task of the day before working on easier things. They can be used with the Priority tags described above, or you can create a special Hardest Task / MIT / Frog tag and use it to hide all your other tasks.