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Another way to look at streaking

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

I've been working on getting ten thousand steps a day since July 22, 2012, but my streak has been broken many times for various reasons. I'm currently 35 days into attempting another streak; this time I hope to beat my longest streak, which was 81 days. Unfortunately the screen capture below isn't very good:



It says:
Current Streak 35 days (from 8/19)
Longest Streak 81 days 4/12 - 7/1
315/794 days = 40% since: 7/22/2012

To me, attempting to create a streak has positive and negative aspects. On the positive side, streaking encourages consistency; not wanting to break the streak means that I'm more likely to keep up with whatever streak I'm working for. On the negative side, the compulsive/perfectionist side of me is prone to want to keep the streak going at all costs, even when that could be detrimental to my health. For instance, I recently had some issues with my knee; I didn't like it, but it was wiser for me to break my streak until I saw some progress in physical therapy.

On the positive side, I give myself kudos for keeping a streak going. On the negative, It would be easy to see breaking a streak as failing. However, when I started working on my streak again recently, I noticed that the percentage at the right of my streak was at 32%. Even though my streak has broken more than once, I've gotten 10K steps in enough days that my percentage is now up to 40%!

So, I've realized that consistency doesn't have to mean the rigid perpetuation of a streak at all costs; consistency also mean performing the desired behavior frequently enough to increase that percentage. Looking at it this way means I strive to keep the intervals between streaks short, instead of insisting that a streak live forever.

I'm so glad that percentage is on each of my streaks, because it helps me to see progress even when I'm not perfect!
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  • TENNESSEEWALKER
    Love the title of the blog! Also your insight into the importance of the percentage as defense against perfectionism.

    Congrats on getting your 10,000 steps in!
    1546 days ago
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