The Habitica Planner is a central feature used to organize the user's Dailies, Habits, and To-Dos. Users can view these tasks and tick them off as they're completed for Experience Points and Gold Points.
In the Habits section, the user can see how many times you've done a particular habit that day. Positive habits are marked as (+number), and negatives marked as (-number). The user can also tab between the "All" tab, which shows all of your habits, the "Weak" tab, which shows all of the user's weaker habits in yellow, and the "Strong" tab, which shows all of the user's stronger habits in green and blue.
In the Dailies section, the counter is similar, but measures the user's streak with a particular task. The user can tab between the "All" tab, which shows all of your dailies (completed and incomplete), the "Due" tab, which shows which dailies remain due, and the "Not Due" tab, which shows completed Dailies.
In the To-Dos section, the user can see all active To-Dos that still need to be ticked in the "Active" tab. The user can also tab between the "Scheduled" tab, which shows tasks needed to be done in the future, which can be added and edited to include a date by using the "Show More" option by scrolling over a task, and the "Complete" tab, which shows all the To-Dos the user has completed.
On the far right side of the planner, the user can see the Rewards section, which shows wanted items, which are available for purchase once enough Gold Points have been earned. In the "All" tab, the user can see all Rewards that are either set automatically by your level and next needed equipment, or set by the user. In the "Custom" tab, the user can see custom rewards that they've chosen. In the "Wishlist" tab, items on the user's wishlist can be seen.
Above the planner, the user can use the search bar to search for a particular task, which can be helpful if the user have a large list in their planner. Next to the search bar is the Tags drop-down, which can be used to view tasks by their tags. Read more about tags and tag filters here.
Even though the Habitica planner is very useful in increasing productivity, it has some weaknesses. In particular, it is not appropriate for calendar-based tasks, tasks with complex hierarchies or dependencies between items, or tasks that involve coordinating multiple contributors. Below are some examples of ways you can utilize the Habitica Planner:
Combined ApproachEditScheduled events and actions can be entered as items in the Habits list.
Dated actions and events can be entered as To-Dos. One's regular schedule items can be entered as Dailies. Unscheduled tasks can be listed either by priority above or below the schedule or in between by order of completion.
To view Habitica tasks alongside a calendar, install a browser add-on, such as the Chrome extension Google Calendar (by Google) or Checker Plus for Google Calendar for Firefox. Alternatively, use a split browser extension, and display a web calendar in one pane and Habitica in the other. Firefox allows you to set a bookmark to load in the sidebar. Windows users (with Windows 7 or newer) can achieve a side-by-side split window by having the tabs of their browser open in different windows, and dragging the windows to opposite side of the screen one at a time.
ProjectsEditTracking simple projects in Habitica:
- Add a unit of time, a step, milestone, and/or next action for each project to Habitica. In this case, the sub-steps would be tracked elsewhere. This works well for moving forward projects that are difficult to break down into steps (e.g. writing and revising a book) or contain multiple repeated actions.
- Daily: work on Project X 1 hour
- Habit: work on Project Y 2 hours
- Habit: next step in Project Z
- Habit: one document for Prepare Documents for Client Q
- To-Do: Take Car to Garage (next action) for project Road Trip to Alaska
- See more ideas in GTD with Habitica
- Checklists can also be used to keep track of steps toward a larger goal, and if it's particularly as different to-dos with checklists can be used with to-dos using markdown to mark the group of to-dos as headings. Or tags could be used to group too.
If you're putting most or all of your tasks into Habitica, tags and tag filters can be a big help. For example, active or urgent tags can be used to filter out tentative and on-hold items. You can also use tags to separate different projects.
- Tips and Tricks: Check out the Dailies page for how to implement tasks that repeat every X days or occur on certain days of the week.
- See the Extensions, Add-Ons, and Customizations page for programs that allow Habitica to interact with a third-party program or app (these are classified as "Integrations" under the Type column). Extensions like Zapier are great with working with existing calendar tools, as are Google Apps Scripts.