Thursday, October 01, 2020
I am a big believer in streaks - once you get them started they can be very motivating. It is important to choose things that you can realistically do for the long haul and track them every day. My first streak was to give up diet coke - I have been 663 days without a diet coke. As I approached the one year mark of that streak I decided it was time to start another. I wanted something that was framed positively this time - instead of "I won't" I wanted "I will". I set my goal to walk no less than 10000 steps/day. I usually walk many more than that - often 20000 but the streak counts if I do 10000 (which at first was not all that easy!) because I knew even on my busiest days there was no excuse to not reach 10000. I have walk 10000 steps for 345 straight days - even when I forgot my fitbit when I went to work and on the days that I drove for 8 hours, I still got there because I didn't want to give up on my streak. During the covid lockdown I decided I had time to add something else. This time I wanted something different so I chose "brush, floss and rinse" - so far I have done that for 105 consecutive days. As I approach the one year mark of my step streak it is time to choose something else. I have decided that this time it will be something for my mental health so 4 days ago I started meditating at least 10 minutes a day. I'm excited to see that number climb. I recommend spark streaks to anyone - make them simple, slightly challenging but reasonable so that in just a short time you will have a great NSV to brag about!