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Quests vs Routines

Hi! I joined superbetter because I realize I like games, and I like self improvement, so I may as well turn my self improvement into a game.

I think the "game" would be better if it made room for "routines". Those real life things that you need to do, and if you don't, it can prevent you from really moving forward with your real goals.

There are two things that I have to fight constantly: procrastination, and disorganization.

The two are definitely related. If I don't do a good job of tracking what I need to do, I let stuff pile up. And if I let stuff pile up, I find that I spend more time playing catchup with urgent stuff than actually moving forward with my real goals.

Sometimes stuff piles up so badly that I don't even do the urgent stuff. It's a vicious cycle where the more I have to do, the less I want to do. The only way to break it is to stay on top of my routines.

I've tried turning these routines into recurring quests. But even this has a way of piling too many things into a single list. For someone like me, it can be overwhelming or confusing to see those daily errands piled up with other ambitious goals and projects.

Routines are the "grinding" in the RPG of life. Whacking rats with sticks isn't that fun compared to exploring a new castle, or defeating a new boss. But it's somehow still fun because you know it's part of the game. The "grind" is what earns you a few bonuses to be able to tackle the next big quest.

This is probably a slight expansion in scope for SuperBetter. But I imagine there are a TON of users who would benefit from visiting one site to make big strides, and still stay on top of the daily grind. Whether you're trying to drink 8 glasses of water per day, or write 5 pages of your novel today. (Permitting days off, of course!)

And it would be simple to add. Not that different from the other functionality, just with a different heading and focus.

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  • MetalMary Hamer commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    I use the word "dailies" as my gaming term for those things I need to get to every day. I make quests for the ones that I'm currently having a hard time getting around to.

  • Saganist commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    I use powerups as occasional bonuses rather than regular habits I want to develop. Routines would be helpful as a separate thing. Maybe an ability to "graduate" the recurring quests to recurring routines with lower regular payoffs and no end condition.

  • Tracy Cookson commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    I use powerups as routines, like Super Steven suggests. For example, I want to make it a habit to walk to work at least 3 days/week, so I put a "Walk to Work" powerup and set the reminder for MTWTF. I also put some of my FlyLady routines as powerups (declutter for 15 minutes a day, shine your sink, whatever the habit of the month is)

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