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03 April 2014 @ 11:17 am
HabitRPG and ABBA  
I feel a little guilty about putting easy to do things like "write blog entries" and "floss my teeth" on my HabitRPG lists. It seems like a cheap ploy to get points. On the other hand, in the last week i've posted more to LJ than i had in the previous month or two, and i've flossed my teeth probably more times than i had in the last six months. (Though possibly only with the exclusion of popcorn related incidents =) So even though it feels kind of like cheating it seems to be accomplishing the theoretical goal, at least over the short term and for the smaller items.

Having "Brush my teeth" and "Feed the cat" in the lists is a bit more problematic, since i almost never forgot either of those before i started using the app, but i suspect that if i didn't have something easy to check off every day to prime the pump i would get distracted and forget about using the app pretty quickly. This way i have an excuse to visit every day and check off the "gimmies", and then hopefully get motivated to do some of the other habits.

In other news, Avalyn discovered that there's a serious of tribute concerts playing at a local bar, and got tickets for some of them. She and her sister went to see the Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers cover band a couple weeks ago, and this week i went with them to see the ABBA cover band. I'm not a huge fan of ABBA, but i think their music is okay, and Avalyn was clearly having a great time, so it was fun :)

We're going to see a Nirvana cover band there next week. I'm a little sad that we missed the No Doubt cover band, but that was back before Avalyn had heard about it.
受け継がれる意志: Mossdoctorskuld on April 4th, 2014 07:33 am (UTC)
I don't think that "write blog entries" or "floss my teeth" are things that you should feel guilty about putting on HabitRPG. The point of HabitRPG is to give you motivation to do small things that you wouldn't otherwise have to encourage the formation of good habits. It seems to be working, since you've increased your blogging entries and also your flossing. It is probably good that you keep on flossing.

I don't think it's a problem that you have a few gimmes either, to keep you coming back to the app. Do you have those as dailies or as habits? I guess it doesn't matter in the end, but I have things like "brush teeth in the morning/lunch" as dailies, and little habits to "drink water" (which I don't do enough of) and "remember posture" to encourage things I don't normally do. At work, I always have a HabitRPG window open, so I can also check off my "to do" list.

Anyways, it sounds like HabitRPG is encouraging good things. It all depends on how you set it up, and what you want to reward, but I don't think you're cheating in any way. Let's keep playing and not drag down our parties. XD