Monday, April 18, 2011
Disclaimer: I am totally into SparkPeople, engaged in the community and fully appreciate that I can connect with like-minded people here.
Now... on to my obsession. I realized that I am self-motivating with "I could earn a SparkPoint for that" this evening while flossing. A while ago, I thought about setting up a trackable "other goal" for flossing nightly, as well as washing my face nightly, since I'm often very lax about doing it when I'm home (versus on the road... don't ask me why my habits about flossing and face-washing vary depending on whether I'm home or not, 'cuz I really don't know why I perpetuate this double-standard... but I digress...). I thought, "oh, I haven't tracked my fitness for today either" and on it went. I don't know if anyone else has a similar obsession with the SparkPoints, but I think I need to get my priorities straight.
Note to self: It's NOT about the SparkPoints! It's about actually DOING it. If a tracker of some kind will help to motivate you to do it, then so be it, but use a tracker that works for you.
With that, I think I will print out a monthly calendar on paper and dig out the happy face stickers I used the last time I focused on my flossing, and park that paper in the bathroom. I might even add a sheet of gold stars for face washing - crazy, I know. But tracking these as "other goals", while they might get me an extra SparkPoint every day, doesn't have the visual motivator or impetus to actually do it. If I step into the bathroom and see a big blank on today's spot on the calendar, I'm much more likely to engage and earn my self-reward.
This got me to thinking... while tracking here is great, for the acknowledgement and digital tracking of streaks and all... it's really about JUST DOING IT and in a way that works for you. I have a new angle on my work travels and there are aspects that aren't working for me. I no longer have a data plan on my BlackBerry, just an email plan, so I can't use the SP tracker while I'm in my client's office. OK... that isn't working for me... so really, I just need to find something else that works for me. Perhaps the "offline" tracker called Lose It! that I already have on my iPod Touch: perhaps a paper log or a digital journal in "Notepad". Whatever works, and supports my goals. I know I need to track my food, and while last week wasn't a disaster by any means, I know I will do better when tracking. So... I will settle on a way that will work for me before I am on-site with my client again. Period.