Oh dear, it has been a while since I have written. I have been deeply immersed in my Japanese studies lately, which has not left a lot of time for keeping up with my blog articles. Time management has always been a bit of a difficulty for me, as I have discussed in previous articles, such as Where Did the Time Go and Developing a Routine.
I have found that I really do need the assistance of a computer program or app to help me keep track of my tasks, even rather basic ones. I am terribly forgetful, I am afraid, and I would be a complete disorganized mess without some sort of computerized task list. Even with a computerized task list, I can be a disorganized mess, but I think I would be worse without one!
I have been on the search for the perfect task management program or application since my very first Handspring Visor became obsolete. (Handspring was a competitor of Palm, which is also quite obsolete now). When I had my business, I did use Microsoft Outlook, which worked well for a time. Once I got a smartphone, it became more difficult and complicated to keep the smartphone synched properly with Microsoft Outlook. I was able to manage the calendar through Google, but the tasklist was a bit of a mess. That does seem to be the way of things, doesn’t it? I still have not found a word processing program that works nearly as well as WordPerfect 5.1 did.
I have been using Toodledo recently, which is a very nice application, and syncs well with all of my devices. A few weeks ago, a dear friend casually mentioned HabitRPG, and it seemed intriguing, so I investigated. The premise of the application is to treat a person’s daily routine as a role playing game, complete with a class system, experience points, gold, and equipment to buy. It is quite fun, and I have found it quite motivating!
Aside from being motivating and fun, HabitRPG has been working well for me as a task management application in its own right. I find the visual layout clean and attractive, and it works really well for daily tasks. One of the difficulties with daily tasks on a regular task management program, is that if there are days one can not get to ones tasks, they start to become overdue, and really creates a bit of a visual mess, which makes it difficult for me to get back on track. HabitRPG unchecks one’s daily tasks at the end of the day, with consequences in terms of Heath Point loss for the ones that are not complete. If one is unable to do her daily tasks because of illness, vacation, or any other reason, she can check herself into the Inn, which freezes all the daily tasks as is, with no consequences. The nice thing about that (at least for me), is that when one checks out of the Inn, all of her tasks are there, still visually clean and neat…without messy overdue dates!
There is are social options, such as a party and guild system, which is another really nice feature. Sadly, it is quite limited with respect to managing monthly and weekly tasks, so I still need to continue to use Toodledo for those. I do have coordinating HabitRPG with Toodledo as a daily on HabitRPG though…which ends up being an nice rather easy daily to obtain experience and gold!