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In which I use the Orb of Rebirth and begin a new HabitRPG journey - Helen's journal and online home
heleninwales
heleninwales
In which I use the Orb of Rebirth and begin a new HabitRPG journey
Hello and good morning. Well, it's actually nearly lunchtime, but I had a relaxing start to the morning by knitting and watching a TV programme on the BBC website about a quest to find appaloosas in Kyrgystan.

All the users of HabitRPG have been battling a World Boss for the past week or so. I fully expected the Stressbeast to have been defeated by the time I logged in this morning, but he was still there. However, he was finally vanquished in the 20 minutes I was away from the computer making a cup of tea and sweeping the kitchen floor! Anyway, that means that today is a good day to use the Orb of Rebirth and release all my ordinary pets and mounts. I had been waiting for the Mountmaster and Triad Bingo awards, but I have those now. I also have enough quest pets to keep me company -- not to mention the new cute baby mammoth! I just need to go and re-read the wiki page to make sure it's not going to do anything unexpected, then I'll start a new Habit journey later today.

I thought I'd record how my avatar currently looks at Level 106. Well, this is actually just one of the many looks I can put together with all the equipment I have purchased with the gold I've earned by doing my real life tasks. Rebirthing means that I have to earn that gold and purchase that equipment all over again, but I find it strangely motivating and it is the best way I've found of giving me a sense of achievement for doing routine household tasks every day.

HabitRPG Level 106 mage

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nutmeg3 From: nutmeg3 Date: January 23rd, 2015 02:24 pm (UTC) (Link)
I can't watch the program because I'm outside the UK, so does she find what she's looking for or not?
heleninwales From: heleninwales Date: January 24th, 2015 05:17 pm (UTC) (Link)
She does! I was so intrigued by the programme that I've just done a more detailed post about it, including links to the trailer on Youtube (which gives an idea of the landscape) and two articles that explain everything fully.

http://heleninwales.livejournal.com/883952.html
pdlloyd From: pdlloyd Date: January 23rd, 2015 05:52 pm (UTC) (Link)
I've sometimes thought that it might be helpful to have a way to treat my life as a game, so HabitRPG intrigues me. Thanks for sharing your experience with the app.
pdlloyd From: pdlloyd Date: January 24th, 2015 03:27 pm (UTC) (Link)
I've been trying this out. So far, I like it. Thanks.
heleninwales From: heleninwales Date: January 24th, 2015 04:52 pm (UTC) (Link)
Oh, excellent! I want to do a post on HabitRPG, but in my opinion it works best if you get involved in some of the relevant Guilds. Seeing people post about what they're doing always encourages me to be productive too.
pdlloyd From: pdlloyd Date: January 24th, 2015 06:26 pm (UTC) (Link)
I feel a bit as if I'm heading into the woods with this. I know that I tend to be motivated by games, so I'm trying to funnel some of that into actually getting things done, as opposed to just relaxing (or, as sometimes happens, obsessively wasting my time). I seem to recall that some of the features don't come into play until one has leveled up a bit. Do I have to wait before I can join a guild? Which one are you in?
heleninwales From: heleninwales Date: January 25th, 2015 05:10 pm (UTC) (Link)
The most useful guild I've found is the Short-Term Accountability Guild. There are some very nice and helpful (and amusing!) people in there. As long as you don't mind the serious posts about progress being mixed with a bit of silliness as we describe our decluttering in terms of Climbing the Andes with Llamas or offering one another pictures of badgers as a form of encouragement.

We cherry pick Flylady and use the good bits and have some good challenges, like the Deepest Darkest Red. To-Do's turn red or "ripen" as we like to put it. They don't harm you and in fact you get more xp for completing a To-Do that's turned red, but those of us with a tendency to procrastinate need any help going in getting these old tasks done. Hence the challenge to pick your oldest To-Do and commit to getting it done that week.

Otherwise I'm in the Walking to Mordor Guild (where we're collectively doing the Eowyn challenge and pooling our mileage) and the Knitting and Crocheting guild.

I advise hanging out in the Newbies guild, at least for a while because you'll see people asking and answering questions and you can file the information away for later. The Tavern is worth a look too, though it can be busy and hence a time sink.

At a low level, you can join Guilds (which are basically chat forums dedicated to different topics) and also enter Challenges.
pdlloyd From: pdlloyd Date: January 25th, 2015 08:58 pm (UTC) (Link)
Thanks. I've just joined the Newbies guild, which should give you a bit of relief from my slew of questions. :)

Flylady? Is that a guild? I will admit that the idea of focusing on my To-Do list is probably necessary. (More questions! And without skipping a beat.)

I've seen you posting about Walking to Mordor, but I never realized that it was part of something else. I'm not sure I'm up to taking that on, yet. I have enough trouble just managing my PT stretches on a daily basis.

Now, I'll go look for the Short-Term Accountability Guild.
heleninwales From: heleninwales Date: January 26th, 2015 09:20 am (UTC) (Link)
I've just joined the Newbies guild, which should give you a bit of relief from my slew of questions. :)

Don't worry, I don't mind answering questions, but if I answer them in the guild the answers will benefit other new Habiticans too. There are also lots of other very helpful people there, so you're not relying on me having time to answer.

Flylady, which can be found here, is a site that's been around for many years before Habit existed. I'm afraid that I find Flylady a bit too gushing and her routines tend to be aimed at stay at home mothers of young children, so it's never totally suited me because even when the kids still lived at home, I was a working mum. However... She has some really good ideas and advice and we in the Short-Term Accountability Guild (or STAG) as we call it, from a misreading of the initials!) happily cherry pick. I particularly like her Crisis Cleaning and concepts like Clutter Hotspots. In fact the Clutter Patrol challenge I run in the STAG guild is based on keeping an eye on a particular hotspot for a month.

Regarding Walking to Mordor, my expedition also pre-dates Habit. I found the Eowyn challenge via matociquala and set off alone. However, I mentioned it in a Habit guild and as a few others were interested and someone formed the Walking to Mordor guild. You'd be very welcome to join because we pool our mileage, someone is keeping a spreadsheet and posts occasional updates as to how far we have got. Or you could look at see what other exercise guilds there are. You can simply join a guild, lurk for a bit to see what sort of things they discuss and how busy they are and then, if it doesn't suit, just leave.
pdlloyd From: pdlloyd Date: January 26th, 2015 03:04 pm (UTC) (Link)
Don't worry, I don't mind answering questions, but if I answer them in the guild the answers will benefit other new Habiticans too. There are also lots of other very helpful people there, so you're not relying on me having time to answer.

Thank you. So far, I've joined a few guilds and done some minimal lurking.

Flylady's focus on cleaning things is ... daunting. She would find my house disturbing, I'm sure.
pdlloyd From: pdlloyd Date: January 26th, 2015 03:05 pm (UTC) (Link)
By the way, what is your HabitRPG user name? If you don't mind mentioning in public. Mine is Pemaladesi.
heleninwales From: heleninwales Date: January 26th, 2015 04:48 pm (UTC) (Link)

house

Thanks for letting me know your Habit user name. I'll now know who you are if I see you any of the guilds I frequent. I am Castanwydden over on Habit. I actually have two accounts, one for house and personal stuff and the other for the day job, but I only ever post and join guilds as Castanwydden.
pdlloyd From: pdlloyd Date: January 26th, 2015 05:54 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: house

You can have more than one account? What an idea. Right now, my focus has been mostly on my home and home business, and I was already worried about what would happen if I started adding in work responsibilities.

On the other hand, I've been thinking of tying in some of my HabitRPG activities to my existing Trello account. I used to use Trello every day, but I'd fallen out of the habit, and this might be just the thing to keep me motivated.
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