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Weekly Email & Blog Check-In: Plan to Plan

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Friday, November 21, 2014

Hello Everyone!

Thanks for visiting my blog and for reading this week's Hello from SparkGuy message. If you haven't seen it yet, here it is on the site:

Here is a link to a sample of the spreadsheet I use. Maybe I'll create a sample version people can actually download to use if people would like this?

Share any highlights this past week below, or goals for next week. Also share any secrets you use for daily planning and whether you like doing this as a way to stay on track with your day to reach goals.

Chris (SparkGuy)
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    1915 days ago
    My goal for this next week is to be more productive (and active).
    1915 days ago
    I've kept a TO DO list for years, to track the hours I work (I work from home) and to keep track of projects. This post got me to review the list and purge things I'll never do, divide tasks by size (small, large, ongoing) and make each task begin with an action verb.
    1915 days ago
    great blog, thanks for the idea of a spreadsheet
    1915 days ago
    Thanks Chris for this tip, your blog, but most of all this website. I've only been a member for about 6 months, but my progress has been steady. About the spreadsheet, I have been doing something really similiar, and I break my day down into 15 min. segments with what I want to do; have to do, etc. Then I'll check off as the tasks are completed. Nothing like seeing an entire day's work checked off!

    Thanks again Chris for all you do for the "Spark Nation"

    Carpe Diem
    1915 days ago
  • ILOVEJIM851991
    I'm happy for my Current login SparkStreak: 527 Days. emoticon I think I will make a template similar to yours though for other things. emoticon
    1915 days ago
  • MEMA328
    Thanks, Chris for your email and blog. I find it very encouraging and motivating. Motivation is key for doing this for the long haul. I no longer look at this as a diet plan. This is now my LIFESTYLE! All thanks to your website and all the great things here.

    My goal this week is to do more exercise than usual because I want to be able to eat just a little bit more on Thanksgiving and not feel guilty about it!

    Thank you, again, Chris for all of your hard work!

    1915 days ago
  • LOIS263
    Thanks for the blog. I am going to track my food this week, :)
    1915 days ago
    Great post emoticon
    1915 days ago
    I am happy to say that I have an 85 day log in streak going. Congratulations on your 100 day streak! Thanks for the planning spreadsheet!
    1915 days ago
  • no profile photo S1HEENA
    I keep a paper list -- I have a half-sized clipboard and try not to make my lists too long. It is so defeating to see that I have only marked off 3 of 10 or 12 items at the end of the day -- and so energizing to see that I marked off 3 of 3 or 4 items!
    1915 days ago
    Very important! It's like a second memory to me. I use a book called 'agenda', where I have and write everything that needs to be done and when. If something is not there, it doesn't exist emoticon

    1915 days ago
  • no profile photo CD5821225
    Very helpful information. Thank you
    1915 days ago
    For the first time in maybe 20 years, I do not have a mail/to do pile. I finished each outstanding item last Tuesday. Since that date, I have tackled each task as it comes in. My day for chores is Saturday and everything that came in last week, was completed yesterday. I feel free!
    1915 days ago
    Kept up my now-438-day activity streak despite a debilitating acute back issue. God bless my chiropractor! I just did some very very very gently movements and stretching instead of my usual vigorous activities. Should be 100% in another day, maybe two.

    For planning I have a running list of items big and small that I update each evening in preparation for the next day. One of my SparkTeams has a 3-item-to-do-list thread which I update every morning stating my three most important tasks of the day. Exercise is always on the list. The other two may be work related, but are usually home/family related. Examples: Pay the bills, make vet appointment, write letter to Mom, clean out the fridge.

    Sometimes things don't get done because something more important comes up, but I usually get to cross my three things off the list and often more!
    1915 days ago
    This has been a great incentive for me to "get back to it" emoticon After checking in daily with Spark for a few years, reading the books, becoming soooo committed to spinning the wheel daily and watching my points add up -somehow I fell off the Spark Wheel and you know what - my weight and my motivation shows that!!!! I am going to start my own little calendar/spreadsheet and get things back on track.
    Thank you Spark Guy. emoticon
    1915 days ago
    We just had flooring put down in 3 rooms and a hallway last week. All the "stuff" was put into the living room/dining room. This has been a great incentive for me to reorganize my Florida room which holds a TV, hide-a-bed, my "office" and my sewing area. Nothing is coming back into this room without having a proper place. It's going great so far. I'm getting organized. emoticon
    1915 days ago
    blogged a life plan to follow for the rest of time of healthy eating. right now I am on the 11th day of a starter plan and I have lost 2 more inches around my mid section, since a year ago, I have lost 24 inches around the mid section. feeling really good. aiming for 32 1/2 inch waist line. healthy waist line for a women. I will get there. at 34 already. woohoo.
    1915 days ago
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  • JUNETTA2002
    Thanks for the spark
    1915 days ago

    I have been exercising just not going to site and posting it. So I want to start getting on and posting.
    1915 days ago
    I just saw that here is a free iPad app this week for organizing goals called Things. Guess it's only free this week. Seems pretty easy to use.
    1915 days ago
  • no profile photo CD4212235
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    1915 days ago
  • PURPLE0906
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    Happy to say that I have logged in for 180 days this streak, but been around since 12/2007. I made up my mind after turning 58 that I deserve me time.
    I don't keep a spreadsheet. I wake up, log in, read blogs, etc. , then take care of the fur babies, drink my tea (with raw honey, lemon, cayenne pepper), get on the treadmill for 1 mile during the work week and 2 - 2 1/2 miles on the weekend, take my vitamins, get ready for work.
    Sometimes I will get chores done like laundry, sweeping floor before I go to work.
    Oh yeah, I also make a smoothie for myself and co-worker in the morning.

    So glad you and your family are involved and can't thank you enough for this site.

    1915 days ago

    Comment edited on: 11/23/2014 9:56:57 AM
    Thanks for sharing the spreadsheet, it looks interesting.
    1915 days ago
  • RANAF222
    emoticon emoticon I love SparkPeople!!
    1915 days ago
    I'm the same way to. I check into my teams every day but forget to go to my start page to spin my wheel, check my goals, or share my points. I started a new streak today and will make it a daily goal to go there each day as well! Kim
    1915 days ago
    Thanks for the idea about using a spreadsheet to plan my goals.
    I'm looking forward to achieving my goal (this week) of maintaining over the holiday week. It's always a challenge with my family because we all love eating and drinking our way thru our annual gathering.
    Then we leave for sunny AZ, where I will be able to exercise daily in the warm sunshine. Can't wait! emoticon emoticon
    1915 days ago
    Did run the 5K Saturday, last 1/2 mile was miserable, hurt my ankle on the back
    so goal this week "fix it" rest that leg.
    Oh and cook an awesome thanksgiving dinner. emoticon
    1915 days ago
    My goal for this week is to take a 10 minute walk each day. I've had a previous goal set at 20 minutes a day, and I've not been so successful with that streak. So, I think re-evaluating that goal is a good plan for me, as itl makes me feel empowered to see my streak grow!

    I also plan on eating mindfully this coming week. As we all know the Thanksgiving feast can be quite a gut-buster.

    I'm AMAZED you made a spreadsheet for your daily planning (my brain does not compute spreadsheets very well!), I think that's impressive. I would like and download a sample spreadsheet to use! Here's a vote for doing that. Very thoughtful & kind of you to think of all your Sparkers/fans! Thanks, Chris!

    Happy Thanksgiving all!
    1915 days ago
    Chris, thank you for sharing. A leader should lead, and you're a great example of a good leader. emoticon emoticon
    1915 days ago
    Counting today my log in streak is 785 days !!!! I SP every morning to start my day and give me the motivation to make healthy choices and move my body. Then I come back in the evening as well. I am a leader of the only team I am active on and I do my best to keep us all motivated each day. I support everyone of my SP friends that are active each day also. I take SP very seriously and after almost 5 years and 05 pounds gone I am living a much healthier happier life. I still have more to go but I am not in a hurry I am still taking small steps to reach my goal.

    Thank you SPGuy for all you have done and continue to do for us. YOU have made a difference. You're the BEST !!!
    1915 days ago
    Thank you for the renewed look on gaining a healthful life. I enjoyed the spreadsheet. I tried a spreadsheet some time ago and found it to be entirely too inundating. I tried to add each team to my spreadsheet---had a lot of teams.

    Again, thank you for your constant positive feedback.
    1915 days ago
    1915 days ago
    Today is day 212 of my current login streak. My longest login streak was 454 days in a row. Since joining, I have logged in a total of 851 out of 856 days

    I do my sparktime every morning during breakfast. It helps me to slow down while eating breakfast.
    1915 days ago

    Comment edited on: 11/23/2014 8:37:59 AM
    I Love the Spreadsheet idea, Chris!! Can that be implemented on Sparkpeople?
    Thanks, as always, for sharing great ideas!
    1915 days ago
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    1915 days ago
    Chris - I can so relate to this geeky side of you! Thanks for the spreadsheet! emoticon
    1915 days ago
    1915 days ago
    Chris, you are a man of many faces, you amaze me.
    1915 days ago
  • DJSHIP46
    Thank you for sharing... Today is my log-in day 125. I use the daily tracking to set my intentions each morning and review my success (or not each evening). This method has not been very helpful in losing weight, but it has helped me form additional healthy habits in my life and I'm grateful to you and the SparkPeople Team. I'm not good at goal setting or spread sheets, but I will try to adapt what you're doing to fit my skills...

    1915 days ago
    Thanks for the Spark People has been a God-send for me!
    1915 days ago
  • NANCY-
    Plan to plan is a great concept, just remember that stuff happens to derail us (Feet of snow, sick kids, etc) and we need to get back to our plan. There is comfort in consistency.
    1915 days ago
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    Thank you !!
    1915 days ago
    I do a similar process using a to do list program (I have tried the free ones, but I use TeuxDeux, which works well for me - it is low cost). I also put a lot of repeating home tasks in that have to be done quarterly or monthly, such as changing the furnace filters. I add the filter sizes so I can purchase them the week ahead. I put in work and personal tasks in a similar way to Chris's plan. I read my list first thing, and often, during the day, so that with even just 5 minutes available, I can get something important done. I put new habits in if I'm trying to develop one - this week and every Sunday, it will be making the soup I like to eat during the week, but not routine things I'd remember (like brushing/flossing, in my case).
    1915 days ago
    I start every morning with SP.
    Come downstairs, hop on scale (at entrance to my kitchen), get coffee (made by DH for the last 47 years) and log on to Spark.

    Spark is how I plan my day and rev up my motivation.

    I remember getting over 300 days once and then forgetting to spin that wheel. Very annoying indeed. Considering that I was a Spark Hermit for my first few years, I'm OK with it. Improvement is what it's all about.
    1915 days ago
  • PICKIE98
    I do not do the spreadsheet, BUT my calendar is a regular reminder, then as things come up during the week, I plan the day before, what I will be doing after work the next day. It has worked for me for 45 years..
    1915 days ago
    LOL!! I did the exact same thing -using a spreadsheet I made a graph of things that I really want to do on a regular basis and each day I do them I color in the squares with glittery pens. I call it my glitter chart. It covers a specific amount of time with a little goal I want to achieve at the end. It fits into my day timer so I have a little coloring book with me all the time.
    1915 days ago
  • no profile photo CD15029098
    emoticon We walked every day but my meal plans have been suffering, this week I am going to plan the meals in the spark tracker and see if that doesn't shake things up.
    emoticon My longest spin streak was 267 days and then one busy day it was gone. I am up to 51 days this streak and my goal is to break my old streak.
    1915 days ago
  • GLORYB83
    Chris, thank you for sharing. I would print and use the spreadsheet!
    1915 days ago
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