The following tags appear by default for every user:
- Health + Wellness
However, additional tags can be created to categorize tasks or to help implement task management systems. This page contains various tagging systems and sample tags to help you develop your own.
- 1 Gamified Categories
- 2 Properties of Tasks
- 3 Priority and Difficulty
- 4 Emoji
- 5 Survival Tag
- 6 Time-Management Systems
- 7 See Also
Gamification is a big part of Habitica, and using gamified tags and tasks can enhance the experience further.
- Lay Ambush Against Morning Chaos (tomorrow morning's tasks, e.g., pack lunch, iron clothes)
- Greet The Dawn (first thing in the morning tasks; GTD for short, which is also an acronym for 'Getting Things Done')
- Hunt (errands)
- Scrolls (document preparation)
- Castle Keep (administrative tasks)
- Today's Adventure (e.g., @today)
- Strengthen Alliances (communications)
- Crystal Ball (someday/maybe)
- Page's duties (chores)
- Squire's apprenticeship (schoolwork/studies)
- Muses' inspiration (creativity)
- Knight's stamina (self-care)
Properties of Tasks
Some users find it useful to categorize tasks chronologically.
- The year (even year/month/day) a task was started
- New Year's resolution with or without the specific year it was made
- After/before separating from/getting with your significant other
- Post surgery
- After/before an important event
- With respect to an anniversary
Time of Day
Time-of-day based tags are often 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
Similar to time-of-day, depending on your location, you may or may not be able to complete certain tasks. This will help with both organization and not worrying about things you can't help!
- @In Transit
Time commitment-based tags can be helpful when you are planning your day in advance, or alternatively 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, for example:
- Book I'm Writing
- Client X's Construction Project
- 30 Day Fruit for Snack Challenge
- Learned How to Fold Fitted Sheets
Priority and Difficulty
Tagging by priority helps to ensure that any Dailies that are missed and To Do's that are put off are of 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 you to hide items that are difficult if you feel like doing something easy (or hide easy items 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.
Emoji are small icons that can be easily inserted with simple text snippets contained within colons (see the image on the right for some examples). Given the 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, functioning as a simple visual cue to easily differentiate between topics. Some people find that adding emoji to tags and the corresponding tasks is helpful, while others add them just to tasks or just tags. The Emoji cheat sheet has the full set of emoji currently available, as well as some tips on how to add emoji to tasks.
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 that 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 Do's. 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)
- Without doing this step, these dailies will still be due, as the tag only filters and does not make dailies not due.
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 Do's). 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.
- To Do's
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)
- Main article: GTD with Habitica
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 with Habitica for more on implementing David Allen's "Getting Things Done" on Habitica.
The Secret Weapon
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 Secret Weapon is an approach that uses 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 Habitica. 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 Habitica. 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)
- Main article: Do Your Hardest Task First
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.