It seems so silly to write the following words, but here goes. I can more easily stick with something if it’s some sort of challenge (group or otherwise), tracks a streak of whatever I’m trying to do, and/or provides badges for accomplishments.
The very website where I’m writing this is an example, given that if I miss even ONE day of writing my streak will be reset. I’m hoping that’s a big enough incentive to get me to write 200 words every day.
Another example is that we’re having a step challenge amongst my co-workers and there’s a leaderboard. I’ll never be #1 but I’m trying my damndest to stay within the top half. My wife laughs at me because I haven’t really been concerned with exercise lately and now all of a sudden when a challenge arises, I get all into it.
Going hand in hand with that is my Apple Watch’s activity app, with its 3 rings of celebration. If you’re not aware there’s one for calories burned, one for minutes of exercise and another for getting up and moving around every hour. I love seeing all of those rings be solid, to the point where I walked up and down my stairs to get the last 2 minutes of exercise tonight.
Finally, I’m trying out an app called 10% Happier, which helps you meditate. There’s an upcoming challenge (starts on the 7th) where the goal is to meditate for 15 of 21 days. There will be badges, where bronze, silver and gold will be for daily meditating of 1 minute, 5 minutes and 10 minutes, respectively.
There are 15,000 people taking part in this challenge and I don’t know any of them. And yet, my stubbornness will probably lead me to meditate enough times, for enough minutes that I get a totally made up gold badge.
If these challenges help me be more active, write every day and meditate on a regular basis is there really any harm? Whatever it takes, I guess.
Now, the question is, can I stick with ALL of these while doing them at the same time?