Wednesday, December 04, 2013
I have always loved SparkPeople. Even when I do little else to take care of my health, I usually manage to at least earn a consistency award each month. Doing this encourages me to actually do real things (like eat vegetables or take a walk) that will truly benefit my health. There are not words enough to say all the good things I feel about SparkPeople and its wonderful staff.
I love how they are constantly working to update the website and keeping things fresh. I was so excited when we could earn bonus spins for earning 25 points in a day. It gave me a great goal to work toward. Sometimes I would get lucky and get a great spin on the wheel and not have to do much else to meet my minimum daily goal of 25 so I could get that coveted bonus spin.
Then they revamped the start page. I thought it was great to find the little flags that let us "donate" points toward our favorite SparkTeams. What a great way to support our favorite teams and encourage a sense of community amongst team members.
Alas, as great as I initially thought this was, I have to admit it has not worked out like I had hoped. It was fun at first to get some really big bonus points (as high as 50 for a single team!), but now I have found that almost every day I am able to earn my bonus spin by doing nothing more than spinning the wheel and giving bonus points to my favorite teams. I sometimes I have to read a couple articles or something, but most days I do not. And so I get my bonus spin and move on to something else in my day, never taking advantage of all the great things the Spark has to offer. Yes, this is my decision. It is up to me to find the motivation to take advantage of the site's benefits without needing the outside motivation of a bonus spin. I understand this. I realize that with this new set up, this new start page, I need to change my mindset and create a new goal. Just going for a bonus spin is no longer enough. I need to develop a goal that will help me gain real benefit from the use of the site.
Still, I wanted to put my thoughts out there. If, by some small chance, the developers see it, it may give them something to consider as they continue their ever-vigilant work of making the site better and better all the time. As always, I would love feedback from anyone. Do you like the new start page (and why or why not)? How do you get the most from SP... do you schedule a set amount of time each day, have a points goal, or something else?