A quest for all quest fulfilment
I’m about to embark on a quest to build an app that would help me complete my todos, build my habits in a gamefied way. Before you think “wait, there already is an app for that!”, let me tell you that I have tried almost all of them. It is not they don’t do a good job as I can confirm that there are some real good apps out there, however; I believe productivity is so niche a concern that we inevitably end up looking for something that would work specifically for our workflow.
I’ve tried habitica and it is closest to what any one would want from a gamefied system. My problem with that one is that I don’t like the 8 bit view of things and what I really want to do is to control and drive my stats like strength, intelligence and things like that, based on the tasks or habits that are associated with those stats. This part, habitica doesn’t get right. On the other hand, apps like Rare candy are awesome tools to skill up or manage habits, but they doesn’t help with todo lists.
So what is different in what I’m planning to build?
For one, I would like to add dailies / habits / tasks with associated tag that represents a subset of stats that I know would improve by doing them. Levelling would happen for that particular stat and overall level would come from averaging the levels of all the stats. The more the level, the greater the HP and MP bar would be.
However, there’s one thing I want to do differently, use HP and MP in a inverted way from the existing apps. I believe, the HP (for physical activities) and MP (for mental activities) should fall down as day goes by and tasks / habits are ticked off. It should suggest that remaining stamina we have on the day for different tasks we have planned. It would also ensure that we don’t add more task / habits per day than we can actually handle. The more we level up the stats by continuing with habits and tasks, the more we increase the level. Consequently, the HP and MP stamina (so to speak) would also increase with level. This would help to show that the higher your level is, the greater amount of tasks you can pull off daily.
Why this post though?
To be honest, I’d much rather pay to use the above app than build it myself, as it takes me away from other things that I want to do in my life. Therefore, I’m putting this out to anyone who is already doing something like this to let me know, so I can wait for that app. Or, I can go forward and come up with an MVP. In either case, more ideas and feedbacks are welcome. I’d like to make it in such a way that it has a little broader scope to work for more people than just myself.