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Using Habitica for Business to Change Habits

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Isn’t it frustrating when nothing changes? Same old bad behaviour pattern keep happening and good behavior patterns never develop. Changing habits can be done, it takes finding a practical application that works for you. Habitica turns those daily, weekly and monthly goals and your to-do list into a game. Using Habitica for business to change habits is simple, because it turns your real life into a game.

Using Habitica for Business to Change Habits

 

Do you know where you are going in your business and life? Is it important that you have a guideline that directs you in achieving your goals for your business and life? Are you a goal setter or wish to be? Read on.

 

Many love the idea of setting goals. Yet how often do you find that the practical application falls extremely short for achieving your goals?

If you are a goal setter, I have found the next step, Habitica. It is the missing practical application, that breaks down those major goals into bite size manageable goals. This has been working for me and possibly could work for you.

What is Habitica? It is or can be an online representation of your life. Habitica turns those habits, daily, weekly & monthly goals and your to-do list into a game.

Back in April 2016, my sister, Teresa Click introduce me this online and mobile app, called Habitica. I’ll admit, I didn’t do much with it at first. I had the typical business inflammatory disease complex ~~itis; busyitis; timeitis; energyitis. You know those typical excuses, as to why you can’t do something; I’m too busy; I have no time; The thought of taking one more thing on….

 

 

 

I had the typical business inflammatory disease complex ~~itis; busy~itis; time~itis; energy~itis.

Sometimes you just have to stop and make sure it’s not a knee jerk reaction.  Teresa kept insisting, that it was important to look at. Once we had time, we sat down together and she explained how she was using it.

This began my journey of using Habitica for business to change habits.

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Yes, you can figure this out by yourself but having someone to give you suggestions will help you jump out of the starting gate and keep in the race for the long haul. Here are a couple of resources to help you familiarize yourself with Habitica.

Hopefully in the future, friending or following people in Habitica will be added. Check out their rather lengthy list of request & planned items to add to Habitica.

 

My challenge to you is:
Look at this with a renewed perspective.
Glasses off; head up; looking around.
Focus on making actual real life changes.
 

Today, I am likely not going to tell you anything you don’t already know. So maybe it’s time to rip off those rose colored glasses. Take off the horse blinders. No more head-down not looking up and see what is going on.

Making the decision is a start is half the battle, yet there has to real life applications. Ready to make that change? Continue reading:

My recommendations for forming new habits that have the largest chance of success:

  • Have a mentor / support person / accountable person
  • Look at your mindset / motivation
  • Break down goals
  • Accountability /rewards

Since Habitica is about changing old behaviour patterns and forming good ones, let’s talk a little about that.

Changing old behaviours by increases the odds you will succeed: 

Accountability statistics

 

 

Who are you accountability to?

Finding a mentor, support or accountability partner – someone that you set regular appointments with and will hold you -no quibbling- feet to the fire, accountable. Having an accountability partner will increase the chance of that goal happening to 95%.

 

 

 

 

 

Here are a couple of options:

Changing old behaviours by exploring where you are coming from and where you are going to:

What is your motivation and mindset?

Your motivation and your mindset are critical for any key success. You may have worked on your Why when you originally started your business. If it’s been several or many years undoubtedly this has changed. Don’t you think it’s time to review it?

  • Review your Why? Why are you doing what you do?
  • Read “8 Tips to Figure out your Why” by Gina Davis  
  • Getting started tip. Sit down and write a letter to yourself in five, ten and/or fifteen years. What is your life going to be like? 
  • Your To-Do: Add the appropriate items to you To-Do’s on Habitica.

Changing old behaviours by breaking down your goals:

How do you get from a big goal to goal accomplished? Do you have a plan?

Habitica Staff member ‘Lemoness’ talks about her top Habitica tips and tricks:

When setting up a new routine, be sure to build in moments of evaluation. If a set of Dailies or Custom Rewards aren’t working for you, don’t berate yourself for failing; instead, ask yourself why you failed. What can you learn and adjust for the next time? Can you add in extra encouragement, or make your goals more achievable and gradually scale up the difficulty? There’s no shame in frequently adjusting your set-up to make sure that you’re getting the most out of it.

 

Looking back over my lifetime of goal setting, I see that the ones that have come to pass are the ones that were, either at their smallest doable step or very nearly there. The goals that are larger or not specific enough never happen. It’s critical that you take those important goals and get them into manageable mini steps. Ok, how do you do that.

 

Here is how I do that:

The Real Way to Break Down Your Goals

  • Identify: ID the large goal/problem/issue you want to work on.
  • Rewrite: Create a positive series of goals that cover this.
  • Break down: Turn goal statements into smaller and smaller manageable bites.
  • Review: What did you accomplish?

Every goal should be updated as often as it is needed. Depending on the goal that might be daily or quarterly. Looking at your goals once a year will not cut it. if you want to accomplish your goals, plan often to check in on them.

 

Mini Activity with an example:

You will need:

  • Your written goal list
  • Scrap paper or open Notepad or your favorite writing place

Identify: What large goal do you need to break down into smaller manageable goals? What goal year after year hasn’t happened? 

One of my original goals, was ‘solve the problem of finances’.

Rewrite:

It is important that you don’t focus on a negative. My first write, ‘solve the problem of finances’, focused on the negative, the problem. What you focus on is what you get. Right?

focus on what you wantfocus on what you want

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rewrite as a positive statement, preferably as a, I AM goal. You can read more about I AM goals in Goal Setting Template – The Anatomy of a Good Goal.

Financial Goal 1: I AM educating myself on being financial competent.
Financial Goal 2: I AM attending seminars and/or workshops on finance. By the end 2016, I have attended 2 or more.
          Financial Goal 3: I AM seeking out financial authorities to learn from and emulate.

Break Down:

Financial Goal 1: I AM educating myself on being financial competent.

I needed to establish what areas of finance were essential for furthering my education or that it was time to review. Several years ago, I attended a seminar on finance (Financial goal 2) and obtained* this list from that seminar:

*disclaimer: I am not a financial authority. Because the speaker moved through this section fast, I didn’t catch everything. Many of subheadings are what I want to work on. You are welcome to use this at your discretion, but know it is not complete on purpose.

The 10 Building Blocks of Financial Competence:
  • Manage your money
  • Estate Planning
  • World of Credit & Debit
  • Income Taxes
  • Insurance
  • Understanding the Economy
  • Investments
  • Real Estate Investing
  • Retirement
  • Money & Relationships

Next I needed to break each segment into smaller pieces. 

The Break down of 'The 10 Building Blocks of Financial Competence:'
Manage your moneyEstate Planning World of Credit & DebitIncome TaxesInsuranceUnderstanding the EconomyInvestmentsReal Estate InvestingRetirementMoney & Relationships
  • Create a personal/family/business cash flow statement.
  • Set up and fund accounts for Financial Freedom, Long Term Savings, Education, Taxes, Give & Play.
  • Log your money especially cash for 30, 60, 90 days; to see where it is all going.
  • Set up for both personal & business entities.
  • Create a will and update it after every significant life event – marriage, divorce, new kids, grandkids, other inheritances, etc.
  • Create living wills for all family members.
  • Understand current gift & death taxes.
  • Get your credit down to 30% of max credit limit.
  • Get a credit score every 3 months.
  • Mortgages, refinancing, etc.
  • Business loans, etc.
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Financial Goal 2: I AM attending seminars and/or workshops on finance. By the end 2016, I have attended 2 or more.

This goal is really depended on what aspect of financial competence I need to focus on.

Steps:

      • Taking the time to research seminars for this topic.
      • Finding money to attend seminar.

Financial Goal 3: I AM seeking out financial authorities to learn from and emulate.

This statement is a bit ambiguous, until you look at the next set of goals under that.

Steps:

      • Research authorities in the financial world.
      • Find blogs, books, videos, podcast
      • Set up a habit of reading/listening/viewing something every day.

Review:

Decide – Make a decision to XXXX. You fill in the blank. Make sure it is clear and specific.

Setup – Find an accountability strategy that works for you, whether it is a coach, Habitica or a combination.

Break – Those tired old patterns. They haven’t been working and maintaining them is the definition of ‘Insanity.’

Review – Update your goals as often as needed. To know where you are going, you have to know where you been. Looking at your goals once a year is not enough. Read, Reflection – Goal Setting, the Process of Reviewing. Also when writing or review, that your goals are in bit size action oriented steps.

 

Using Habitica for Business to Change Habits

Give Habitica a chance. For me it keeps me on track and gives me a tool for getting tasks done in a timely manner. How do you keep on track in your day to day? Are you using any tools that help you with this? Let me know and if you try out Habitica I would like to hear about your results.

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Gina DavisThe Money is in the Follow-Up!
Everything I do is with the belief that you must show your clients you care. This continues to resonate with me. I believe that it is the cornerstone of business growth today. My mission is to work with busy people in business on their growth strategy, by helping them build customer recognition, foster loyalty and increase customer retention and referrals.