This is a list of Frequently Asked Questions about handling specific task or habit situations. For a more thorough look at common Frequently Asked Questions, see the full Frequently Asked Questions page.
Which list does this task belong on?Edit
See Should this task be a Habit, Daily or To-Do? and, for more ideas, see Establishing Your Tasks. It may also be helpful to review pages in the Sample Lists category. If you are still stuck, figure out how often the task should be done. If it is something that only needs to be performed rarely, put it in the To-Dos. If it is a weekly or daily task, add it into Dailies. If the task is something that you want to be taking care of multiple times a day, or want to turn into part of a normal routine, add it to Habits. You may sometimes set up alternate rules for unusual scheduled tasks (several are discussed below); these alternatives will determine what type of task to create.
Repeats & ReprievesEdit
What if my weekly is not due on a specific day of the week?Edit
You have a few options. You can either schedule it on a specific day anyway, you can mark it due at the end of the week (e.g. Friday or Saturday) and check it complete when done, or you can move the due date based on when you last did it. Choose the option that works best for you. For more ideas, see Flexible Repeats.
How do I handle Monthlies?Edit
There are a few options for handling Monthlies, as well. You could add them as Habits, add them to the To-Do list, or add them as Dailies due every 30 days. Alternatively, you could create a Monthly Challenge. Finally, you could break the task down into smaller parts that can be handled once each week. For example, instead of spending one day paying bills at the end of the month, you could designate every Friday as "Bill-Paying Day" to take care of the week's bills. Again, choose the option that works best for you.
How can I handle changing work shifts or not-always-applicable Dailies?Edit
Sometimes simply renaming the task is enough, but there are different approaches that may work better for you. See The Keep:Dealing with Variable Goals for ideas. Remember, the goal of the site is to help you change your habits, not follow a set of guidelines and rules about how to make habits. Feel free to experiment and find out what really works, and change things when they need to be changed.
How can I reduce penalties on sick days without resting in the Inn?Edit
Some spells, such as the Rogue's Stealth, can help you survive penalties and missed Dailies. Besides spells, you also have the option of creating a custom Reward, such as, "Check off Incomplete Daily -- 5 GP", or add an Exemption checklist to offset the penalties. Finally, you can add your daily tasks as Habits instead, if that is a better option for you. See The Keep:Dealing with Variable Goals for more information and ideas.
Projects & ChecklistsEdit
Can I add a To-Do checklist that doesn’t give me extra points for each item?Edit
There are two ways to handle a To-Do checklist so that you do not get the additional points. One way is to not check anything off on a checklist, so that when you check of the To-Do, you only earn the points for the main item. Alternatively, if you need the check marks to track where you are in the To-Do, delete the checklist just before you complete the To-Do.
Can I get immediate points for completing a To-Do checklist item?Edit
Not directly, but there are a few ways to adjust the To-Do checklist to give you points. One way is to create a Habit, such as "Follow-Up" or "To-Do Steps". Click this when you complete a checklist item, and then delete the checklist item from the To-Do. Another way to handle immediate points is to create a To-Do for each task in the checklist instead of creating a checklist To-Do. This will give you the points for completing each part of the checklist individually.
My checklist keeps renumbering itself! What can I do? Edit
You wanted a nice numbered list like so:
But instead you got:
What is going on?
Habitica uses markdown for formatting and inserting images and emoji. It greatly expands the customization that the user can do. Unfortunately, it occasionally has features that may seem non-intuitive at first glance.
When you create a list featuring a number followed by a period, markdown interprets that to mean you are going to start making a list and begins to format it accordingly. In this case, it creates a large indent.
The solution is to insert a backslash between the number and the period, i.e. 1\., 2\., etc. Alternatively, you could design your list so that you don't use a number followed by a period. Examples include using the numbers themselves without having them followed by a period, or use numbers followed by parenthesis, i.e. 1), 2), etc.