I heart quantitative data...
Sunday, June 30, 2013
...Even when it makes me look bad.
Whoa! BAD? NO! That's the trap of quantitative data: it can focus us on NEGATIVE (you lost the game!) instead of the POSITIVE (you scored lots of points!). I don't need to 'beat' an imaginary opponent; I just need to hone my own game.
I set the public objective of 12,000 minutes of exercise for the year. I set the unwritten objective of 24,000 minutes for the year, and I wanted to make my 12,000 by today, the half-way point of 2013.
But I didn't record my vacation exercise time (30-45 minutes of yoga and 45-60 minutes or more of exercise-walking every day), so I'll miss my half-year benchmark by less than the vacation exercise total.
Yes, my health and figure still benefitted.
Yes, I can still make the double-secret objective for the year.
Yes, I'm disappointed anyway.
I respond so strongly to charts and graphs that I have been thinking as if they were the goal, instead of my health (and my figure--yes, I am vain that way) being the goal.
I'm glad I realized this instead of berating myself for missing a number (although I still will try to make 24k minutes in 2013).