With the arrival of the new year, Iíve been inspired to do a lot of tweaking in a lot of areas. Iíll post more about that later, but I have a question: Do you have a Sparking routine?
Let me explain - many of us spend quite a bit of time here on the site, tracking, chatting with our friends on our pages and blogs, participating in challenges, watching and exercising to the videos, reading interesting Spark content, commenting on each otherís statuses, etc., etc., We've learned that the time we spend on Sparkpeople.com is beneficial to a healthy lifestyle.
I don't know how they came up with the statistics, but SP tells us that people who participate in the community are more successful in reaching their goals. I can definitely testify to that! I can't imagine doing without the encouragement of my Spark friends. I've known some of you for going on seven years! Although there are differences in the way we relate to each other, I've learned that true cyber friends can be ďIRLĒ friends.
All this to say that, given the WEALTH of tools, information and opportunities to relate to each other, ďSparkingĒ as we like to call it, I sometimes find the need to use the time I have more effectively. Maybe the right routine would help, as it has with my before-bed mental checklist that helps me get off to a good start the next morning.
There are a couple of things I do that have been helpful, like setting up a separate email account for my Spark mail notifications. I usually access the site first through those emails when Iím getting ready to pay SP a visit.
Some notification emails I can delete right away because they are notifications that I donít need on that particular day. New Spark mail notifications, personal comments on my blog or status, I generally read right away because they are usually cheerful, motivating and fun Ė and some of them are time sensitive. Notifications of new blog posts are transferred to a file so that I can go back to them later. Then I can read and comment on several blogs at once. I then go on to visit pages threads, post comments, give goodies, and all the other fun stuff.
What Iíve discovered about this ďmethodĒ is that tracking sometimes comes in last place. So I set up a bookmark for my Spark start page that I click on before I go to my mailbox. I donít do this consistently, though, and I want to work on that. Business first Ė play later?
How do you do your Sparking?