Level up Your Life!

Lately, I’ve been in a funk. Hence the lack of blog posts. I’ve been focusing a lot on the mundane like day to day chores/errands and not on any of my writing or fun craft projects.

I started reading Chris Hardwick’s book, The Nerdist Way: How to Reach the Next Level (in Real Life!). The idea is to motivate yourself through gamifying your life, which totally works on me. Here’s my quick and dirty rundown.

First, a cool badass name for my character: Zaqurus. Boom, done.

Second, identify what you want to do. What are your goals? Don’t go crazy, just jot down what you really want long term or short term. Here’s mine:

  • Get in shape
  • Write a book
  • Edit one of my books
  • Craft on a regular basis
  • Update my blog

While these are great, I’m the queen of to-do lists. Now, we need to gamify this.

Breakdown each of your goals into actual steps to get you to each of these goals. Let’s start with get in shape:

  • 15 minutes of cardio
  • 5 minutes strength training
  • Drink water
  • Drink a green smoothie daily
  • Take a walk
  • Walk 10,000 steps a day
  • Craft for 15 minutes

Now, you can assign a value to each of these steps. This is how you “level up”.

At this point, I realize you COULD do it yourself. I already waste a lot of brain power on remembering random trivia like 2 out of 3 koalas have an STD, might as well make up a system where I can waste more time/effort/brain cells on.

OR not. Here’s my new friend, Habitica.

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Source: habitica.com

Habitica is an app to RPG your life, just like was outlined here. Only better. They give you friends you connect with, quests, a tavern to rest in when you are sick and unable to do you dailies and you lose health points if you don’t do your daily tasks!

I took my goals I created above and fit them into this app. It does take awhile and you do have to do some decisions on habits versus to dos.

For example:

Habits – something I do multiple times a day/week/month

  • 15 minutes of cardio
  • 5 minutes strength training
  • Drink water/Drink alcohol (+/-)
  • Take a walk

Daily – something I absolutely do once a day that I will lose health points if not completed

  • Walk 10,000 steps
  • Drink a green smoothie

To do – something I will do once, infrequently and just check the box

  • Complete 10 songs on Just Dance (my cardio of choice)

I filled out all of my goals into Habitica, created my avatar, added a friend and you are now reading the blog post of someone who’s a leather armored, fire nunchucks wielding, level 19 badass with a zombie flying pig pet named Momo!

habitica avatar

You can be jealous.

If you are like myself and need a new way to motivate yourself, I recommend trying the level up process. I’ve been doing it for over a month now and it’s working already. I wanted new armor for my avatar so I went downstairs and did Just Dance for 30 minutes and earned myself some gold.

Just wrote 500 words, I think Momo is getting a treat today.