Habitica Root Habits

Here’s a Habitica item I’ve had a hard time with:


My goal is to film something everyday. I have had an incredibly difficult time with this one! Why? Some difficult habits are difficult because they are dependent upon other habits or optimizations that are not yet developed. Write down any inner dialogue you have about avoiding the habit.

Write down your inner dialogues

Here are mine regarding filming:

“Inner Dialogue: I’m not at my best, why film now?”

“Inner Dialogue: I can do it later.”

“Inner Dialogue: Filming is inconvenient.”

“Inner Dialogue: Don’t want to inconvenience anyone by asking them to film me do this.”

“Inner Dialogue: What will I do with this footage anyway? Probably nothing…”

My aversion to Filming is rooted in so many self-doubts that simply throwing “Filming” anywhere into Habitica has been futile for me. And has cost me lots of HP during game-play!

Finding effective Root Habits

By analyzing my inner dialogues, I can determine what Root Habits are missing that the Habit of filming may depend upon. First, I need a good self-talking to! Pep myself up! But second, modifying Habitica: here are some Root Habits I created as Dailies to support my goal of filming something daily:


I’ve noticed if I have a back log of footage to capture off my camcorder, I’m more averse to adding clips to video projects.


Adding footage to a project immediately does something important: it gives me an idea of what I need to film next. I can then make a list of things to film and that gives me some direction with the habit of filming something everyday.


Finally, it’s easier to film something when you know exactly how you want it to come out.


Storyboard is nothing more than a plan for a film shot. It means knowing ahead of time the filming angles, words, outfit… basically what should be filmed. What happens during filming will still undoubtedly be spontaneous as always, but a storyboard helps get me started.

Root Actions

Root Habits may not be all you need to facilitate a stubborn Habitica Habit or Daily, some one-time actions may be necessary. For my goal of filming something everyday, buying better tripods for my camcorder and getting a friend or family member comfortable filming me regularly would help tremendously.

Your turn

Now think of your most challenging Habitica tasks, note your inner dialogue and think of Root Habits and Root Actions to help you out!


  1. Valvolt Nova says:

    Filming! I’ve come to a point in which I can’t trick if I don’t film myself.
    Well, of course I can do the tricks I’ve already mastered without bothering, but for the ones I’m still learning I feel the need to film myself in order to get some feedback. That’s because I often train alone, and whenever I train together with someone who’s watching me I don’t trust his/her judgement entirely.
    Yes, it’s pretty inconvenient but I really feel the need to do it. I’m hopeless, I know. 🙁

    • Jon Call says:

      Filming myself tricking is actually easy for me. Filming myself lifting in a crowded gym is not for me. Also, I feel like you should film almost every tricking session if you are a trickster, so it’s a good habit you have!

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  2. Andrea Rodolfo Nadia says:

    I have the exact opposite problem. I train in extremely crowded environments, and too many times I just give up filming because of impracticality: people who continuously place themselves in front of the camera, people who bump into it walking around, people who look at me as I’m some sort of narcissistic weirdo for filming myself… sometimes even people who openly ask me to turn the camera off when they do their passes because they don’t wanna get caught on film. I end up filming barely 1/4th of my training sessions on average. :/

  3. Austin says:

    Andrea, the only solution I can think of is to have someone else film you. It should dampen most of the problems, but it can be impractical, too, if your schedules don’t stay synchronized.

    Has anyone else found ways around this?

    • Jon Call says:

      I hate to say you’re right Austin, but I think you are. I have my lady film me while I weight train lately for upcoming video projects, for the reasons Andrea is complaining for the impracticality of filming while he tricks, having her film takes the edge off of it a lot… but it’s still a little edgy, (unless it’s a max attempt like on deadlift or squat). Everyone understands why I’m filming those type of things, but I want to film other stuff too and it can be awkward.

      The root habits certainly have helped, but haven’t completely cured me of my reluctance to break out the tripod or mount my cam while I do some strength/weight work… I asked Antoine Vaillant how he does this without feeling awkward, and he just tod me that it’s his job, he gets payed by his sponsors to make videos and stand out. I suppose that’s enough for him not to feel weird about it. But truth is he almost never films alone, he’s always with people. He’s a celebrity in Montreal for crying out loud, so everybody “gets it” when he’s always shooting videos in the gym.

      Thinking out loud, a lot of it I’m guessing is just “not giving a fuck” what other people think… And that’s a habit. Hey! See what I did there? 😉 New HabitRPG habit: NOT GIVING A FUCK WHAT OTHER PEOPLE THINK. haha +/- or just + ? or – for when I do? lol

  4. Valvolt Nova says:

    Absolutely agree. Not giving a fuck about others’ thoughts and having style is an over-the-top factor for success. 🙂
    Well, I’m the only trickster in my gym, the others are all gymnasts. They mostly are people who want silence when training. I managed to gain their confidence over the years, probably because they appreciate my work ethic.
    I help them arranging the equipment they need, I never waste their time, I show respect and keep silent, etc.
    Andrea, my solution for your case would be maybe trying to talk to the others and explaining you just need your videos for yourself only. Teaching them a very good habit and having them understand. This way, both you and them could start filming each other on getting caught each other in the videos. Becoming an harmonious team who optimize work and can split “resources” (training time and spaces) evenly and efficiently.
    Then, of course, having someone film you in a crowded gym could even be practical. Hell, if the gym is so crowded I can’t believe everyone is doing something every single second. It’s like when you step in a crowded bodybuilding gym and noone can spot you on a dangerous lift because noone is resting in that time frame. Unbelievable. 🙂
    So take someone, have him/her film you and maybe return the favor.
    And if the others are so stubborn in not wanting you to catch them in your recordings, become an alien who computes everyone’s trajectory in the gym and finds the perfect spot and time to execute a trick/combo.
    Or pick the habit written by Juji in the post above and complete it over and over. XD XD

  5. Andrea Rodolfo Nadia says:

    No, I don’t currently play HabitRPG. I like very much the idea behind it, but it’s not quite my thing. ^^

    By the way, it is true what Austin and Valvot say, and sometimes I’m able to implement either of their two proposed solutions: when I train in the freestyle gym, there are many people around who are actually curious about my tricks (especially kicks, because they aren’t seen much around) and sometimes I manage to involve them in my training, via feedback and/or filming. This doesn’t happen in the gymnastic gym; most people there are too good for themselves to take proactive interest in what I do, but luckily sometimes I get around the issue by having my girlfriend film me there, since that gym is not too far from her house. 🙂

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