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Do You Have a Spark Routine?

Saturday, January 11, 2014

With the arrival of the new year, I’ve been inspired to do a lot of tweaking in a lot of areas. I’ll 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 other’s statuses, etc., etc., We've learned that the time we spend on Sparkpeople.com is beneficial to a healthy lifestyle.
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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 “IRL” friends.
All this to say that, given the WEALTH of tools, information and opportunities to relate to each other, “Sparking” 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.
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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 I’m getting ready to pay SP a visit.

Some notification emails I can delete right away because they are notifications that I don’t 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 – 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.
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What I’ve discovered about this “method” 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 don’t do this consistently, though, and I want to work on that. Business first – play later?
How do you do your Sparking?
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    Great routine, I think I probably need to do something similar! I do try to log on everyday now even if I do nothing else!
    1617 days ago
    I go straight to the SparkPoints page, and get all my points, going through them one by one down the page.

    To speed up the points process, I have bookmarked some things - a recipe I can click on to get 3 points, Health News and Health A-Z, and Nutrition Articles.

    In addition to bookmarking, I also file SparkPeople Recipes emails, SparkPeople Exercise emails, etc in an email folder. To get those points, I click on the folder and then the email.

    Regarding tracking food, I don't. No S Diet has freed me from that. Saving alot of time.

    I do the SparkPoints very rapidly, yes it's a routine. I don't read everything, and some things I only scan. Also I don't do each item on the SparkPoints list; for example I skip trivia, challenges, verify, and several other things. After getting all the points done, I spend any time I have remaining on reading blogs and threads.
    1618 days ago
    Tracking food and fitness are very important to me. I plan out my food for the day on the nutrition planner first thing in the morning so I can be sure I'm hitting all the right levels, and then I know what to eat when the time comes. I track my fitness right after I do it. I use the early morning hours to check in with teams, post on the MB, and accumulate points. I try to stay off SP during the day and early evening, except for quick glimpses to see if I have any messages or to adjust my nutrition tracker if needed.
    1618 days ago
    I always track fitness as soon after the fitness activity as I can--it's my "reward" for working out, in a way. Other than that, I check my spark email when I check the rest of my email--typically first thing in the morning (though I rarely post then,) lunch time, and now--before bed. I usually only post about once a day, though.

    I like the idea of a separate email folder for blogs, because I struggle with blogs. I tend to leave the blogs open in a window, but I'm always falling behind and then I have a ton of windows open.
    1618 days ago
    Tracking food and fitness are my top priority along with reading, writing, and playing for SparkPoints . . . something I often do during commercials or poor programming on tv. I'm also active on a few teams that require regular commitments of time. Outside of tracking, if other projects require my attention, I may try to keep my Sparktime to 30-60 minutes a day. I just limited what I see from other people's feeds so I may return to more regularly going through my friend feed (something I've had to give up when my friend feed got to be so large). I'm sure you'll find what works best to help you achieve your goals, yet reach all your priorities.
    1619 days ago
  • 68ANNE
    I do have a sort of routine about my Sparking time. Usually my start page first, then emails and then other 'reading' activities here
    1619 days ago
    I don't have a routine right now, but I have in the past.

    Your blog reminds me I need to track today's exercise!
    1619 days ago
  • ALICEART2010
    As soon as I get up I log on to Spark & do the fun little things that give Spark Points.
    I rack up 25 points for the bonus spin each day. LOL. I am not working at the moment so I spend a lot of time on Spark! I always log when I go to the gym and I've started to log my food this week. I have a few friends on Spark but I have yet to participate in any competitions.
    1619 days ago

    I track my info early in the morning. . .and certain team threads that I frequent daily.....takes only a few minutes. Later on in the day, I respond to friends communications that my e-mail notifies me of.
    The bottom line - I know full well what time I have available, and I use it wisely.....feeling free to say no to extra requests as I need to.
    Lol! . . .it may sound funny, but I have a list of SP priorities. . . . emoticon emoticon , and I make sure that I follow my priority guidelines. . . .keeping true to my own offline personal and family commitments.

    1619 days ago

    Comment edited on: 1/11/2014 4:05:22 PM
    I do most of my Sparking first thing in the morning. After I have feed the cat, I immediately do my fitness routine for the day. I then go on Spark People and read articles and complete items you get points for doing.
    1619 days ago
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