One of the reasons the Month of Letters is such an engaging activity (besides the copious use of fountain pens) is the gamification elements. Quests, Badges, and Achievements are fun to do and acquire, and it’s very satisfying to see how each letter, postcard, or card gets you closer to a goal.
Gamification is proving to be an excellent way to get people motivated in many different arenas, including tackling the stuff on your To Do list and keeping up with daily tasks. This is why I find Habitica (formerly HabitRPG) so amazing. It helps me get stuff done and keeps me engaged by offering me little virtual rewards for keeping good habits.
A couple of years ago Month of Letters participant LaShawn Wanak wrote about how she used HabitRPG to keep on track with sending letter. This was such a good idea that I asked Mary to lead us to MoL/RPG glory again with a Month of Letters guild and challenge.
If you’re already signed up for Habitica, click this link to go directly to the guild and join. You’ll see the challenge there, too.
Not signed up for Habitica yet but interested in how this works? I’ll walk you through it. There’s in-depth information on how the site works here, and it’s a good idea to read that before you join. Guilds are kind of like forums–you join one and chat with other people around the same subject.
Once you’re in a guild, you can participate in the Challenges the group owner sets up. A challenge adds specific items to your task list. It can be a habit (something you should do regularly), a Daily (a thing you have to do every day or on certain days of the week), a To Do (one-off task), or a Reward (something that costs in-game money). The Month of Letters challenge adds just one Daily: Mail Something. It also adds two Habits: Mailed Additional Items and Replied to Mail.
At the end of the month the guild owner can declare someone the winner of the challenge, usually based on how well they did.
Even if you don’t win, the challenge items still give you experience points and help you level up, get new items, and more. Trust me, when you get your first little pet egg and hatch it, you’ll be hooked.
If you’re intrigued by all this, sign up today. It is free, after all. And you’re already challenging yourself this month. Why not get (even more) virtual rewards for it?