Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Social Task Management: Habitica

Found a nifty program today to help me stay focused.  I was looking for an open-source task manager (something a little more advanced than the plain-text file I have been using for a few months) on alternativeto.net/software. When I searched for alternatives to Wunderlist, a cool but proprietary application that came very close to meeting my needs a few months ago, I came across a fun twist on a once-familiar concept:  social task management.

I am typically pretty skeptical about new online services and apps (believe me, I created so many accounts when I got my first android tablet it's not even funny!).  But the entire codebase of this application in particular is hosted on Github--there are even instructions for setting up your own server!  With these two assurances in place, I signed up for Habitica.

It seems a little juvenile at first, I'll give you that.  But the more I looked at it, the more I saw it as a simple way to get support from others to motivate you to change your habits.  As a college student working full-time hours, I need to do as much as I can to make a habit of studying after I get back from work, instead of procrastinating.  I also am making a goal of coding, at least a little bit, every day.

I don't expect this program to change my life, but I do hope it will help me stay motivated on the long, hard days to come.  If you're interested in joining, you can sign up any time, and if you're feeling adventurous, come find me! I'm under spideyclick, as always. Perhaps we can help keep each other motivated--who knows...

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