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Roosevelt Rides Again (need tracking halp)

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Hi All! 

 

Well, my first challenge was a sort of bust (same story: consistent for a hot minute, meet wrench, fall in to a heap). But! Today, we had a speaker come talk to us at work about the Growth Mindset, and they mentioned SMART goals, and that got me thinking that I should come check what those were again because I know I've got some goals and have been struggling/overwhelmed with how to achieve them, AND LOW AND BEHOLD A NEW 4 WEEK CHALLENGE IS STARTING ON SATURDAY. So I took some time and wrote out some goals, and I'm feeling a lot better about things after breaking it up into small pieces. I'm trying to grasp that some things are out of my control/take longer than I would like, so instead of focusing on that, I tried to narrow down some stuff that I think will be achievable.

 

Fitness

  • Goal: Run 6 miles without wanting to die/and or stopping (Brakes = death)
  • How: Run 4x week
  • Tracking: Run tracking app thing. I'm hoping that can sort of gamify the whole thing for me (I hate running, but signed up for a half marathon in December. Send halpz. And snax.). I can currently confidently run 2 miles, but I don't really know how long I can run for (lies: probably 2.2 miles), so this may be a stretch goal (implementing the schedule is the real goal).
  • Goal: Reach Level 7 on NerdFitness Handstands
  • How: Practice for 15 minutes each morning 3x/ week
  • Tracking: I'm not really sure how to track this, so any tips would be helpful. What has worked best for y'all? I've thought about making a google calendar event, but I'm pretty professional at ignoring those. Maybe a checkbox by the door? I have to do it before I can leave? Journal? Post? Idk... 

Diet

  • Ignoring this for meow. Maybe next challenge.

Life

  • Goal: Know more than nothing
  • How: Watch 1 hour of tutorials/instructional videos per night 4x/week; do interview exercises 3 times a week (This is a 2-for-1 combo meal deal of small goals)
  • Tracking: Not sure how to track this either. I planned out a bunch of things to watch on my google calendar (see above) and then promptly ignored them all. Not sure if the problem is with google or (gasp) me. Likely the latter. May try to add a tick on my calendar that is above my desk? And yes. I still have a physical calendar. 

 

My plan is to post at the end of each week with a honest to goodness assessment of how I did (i.e. Well, I ran 7x instead of 4! ((more likely - well I ran 0x instead of 4))). Hopefully, if I am committed to posting the findings for the week, and doing a review of what went well and what didn't, I will at least have the threat of shame to focus me on my goals. We all need a Septa Unella in our lives. I'm hoping I can find that here. Though I imagine it will be more cat gifs than public humiliation.

 

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(Note: I realize this is not a .gif. I am remedial at the internet, so please have patience.)

 

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Welcome back!

 

Sometimes tracking can be such a pain! There are so many ways you can do it - so you could probably make a challenge goal around this alone!

 

Some people like @zeroh13 use a bullet journal. This can be really helpful if you like physically checking off goals.

You could also look into using Habitica, which has a really fun RPG aspect - AND you have to log in and check off daily to really be successful!

There are also people like @DrFeelgood who use spreadsheets.

This time around, I have added a counter to my first post (in terms of how many times I want to do "x" throughout the challenge) and edit it daily when I log in. Although, this is hard if you aren't planning on updating daily. 

Since you have a physical calendar, you could also either add a sticker to the days you complete what you want or write down when you complete your goals @Countess D'If did this in some of her older threads - it was really cool!

 

Regardless of which method you end up using, good luck this challenge!

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Hi, welcome back!

 

Yep, tracking is a pain. And even the best system won't work if you don't put in the effort. 

 

Currently, I'm using stickers to mark when I get something done. I'm doing this in my bullet journal. I also have a morning routine goal that includes updating my bullet journal. So even if I forget during the day, I'll still be able to update it in the morning. Using a physical calendar for this is also a good idea because it's right there where you can see it. I used to use spreadsheets (and still do to an extent) but I get a lot more satisfaction from physically tracking (sticker, check mark, color in, etc).

 

You know google calendar doesn't work, try out a few other methods until you find what works for you.

 

Now, with your goals, depending on how much you're currently doing you might want to dial them down. How often do you run now? (Also, do you have a tracking app picked out? And far/long do you need to run in order for it to count?") Are you already practicing the handstands and you want to do it more often/consistently? How often do you watch tutorials/instructional videos and how long are they usually? Basically, if these are goals you've been working on and want to take it to the next level, awesome. But if these are new habits you are trying to build, it's more realistic to start small (like three times a week instead of everyday for example). You can always up the frequency later. (Or lower it.) 

 

Best of luck!

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I love tracking, but I'm a spreadsheet nerd. :D  I use Excel and Open Office Calc to do my tracking.  I even experimented with Google spreadsheets for a while before deciding they were too slow for my purposes.

 

My sheets have changed over the years.  You can review the ones I've used by clicking challenge links in my signature--most challenges after 15-2 should have a completed sheet in the second post.  Currently I'm using a relatively simple version that tracks daily goals throughout the challenge and sets my lifting program.  It includes some other stuff that I use for funsies.

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On 8/11/2017 at 9:58 AM, zeroh13 said:

Now, with your goals, depending on how much you're currently doing you might want to dial them down. How often do you run now? (Also, do you have a tracking app picked out? And far/long do you need to run in order for it to count?") Are you already practicing the handstands and you want to do it more often/consistently? How often do you watch tutorials/instructional videos and how long are they usually? Basically, if these are goals you've been working on and want to take it to the next level, awesome. But if these are new habits you are trying to build, it's more realistic to start small (like three times a week instead of everyday for example). You can always up the frequency later. (Or lower it.) 

Thanks for this @zeroh13! Currently I run... once in a while. I'm a former college athlete (club, not varsity), so I used to be in the habit of everyday workouts, but it's been a hot minute since then. I'm currently using RunKeeper. I went for my first run today, and it seems like it will be a good fit. A little annoying that they are always trying to sell the upgraded version, but hey, whatcha gonna do? I've found a half marathon training schedule that will technically start on Monday, but I didn't want to get behind on runs for this week. So I guess runs will only count if they are for the specified distance. Walking part of it is cool for this month I think. I have not been practicing handstands everyday, so I think I'm going to take your advice on that and drop it to 3 times a week. That's probably a much more realistic goal. Thank you :D 

 

I've been trying to watch tutorials for 3 hours a night which totally failed. I would end up watching maybe an 1 1/2 - 2 1/2 when I did watch, and then I'd feel discouraged and not watch the next night, because I'd already failed at my plan so what was the point. I think you're probably right again on this one, and maybe I should drop it down to 4 times a week. Thank you for your help! :D

 

Thanks for tagging people @Sylvaa. I appreciate it and all the tracking suggestions! I'm hoping with all of that, this time will be more successful than last :D

 

On 8/11/2017 at 1:54 PM, DrFeelgood said:

My sheets have changed over the years.  You can review the ones I've used by clicking challenge links in my signature--most challenges after 15-2 should have a completed sheet in the second post.  Currently I'm using a relatively simple version that tracks daily goals throughout the challenge and sets my lifting program.  It includes some other stuff that I use for funsies.

@DrFeelgood, thanks for sharing :D! Your spreadsheet game is super impressive! Is your most recent one in Excel or Open Office Calc? I really like it!

 

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1 hour ago, Roosevelt21 said:

 

@DrFeelgood, thanks for sharing :D! Your spreadsheet game is super impressive! Is your most recent one in Excel or Open Office Calc? I really like it!

 

It's actually both.  I use Open Office at home and Excel at work.  During the week I post my updates first thing in the morning, and on weekends I do them from my desktop at home.  I built it in Excel since Open Office can read and write .xls files.

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When I use spreadsheets I use Google sheets, because I can update it from my phone. But I kind of need that because I use it to track workout data, and it's a lot easier to pull out my phone and update it right then and there.

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On 8/13/2017 at 10:22 AM, zeroh13 said:

When I use spreadsheets I use Google sheets, because I can update it from my phone. But I kind of need that because I use it to track workout data, and it's a lot easier to pull out my phone and update it right then and there.

This is the thing that saves me. If I had to open my computer every time I needed to track something, I would be a sad Flea indeed. I switched to tracking everything on a spreadsheet because I would either forget to post here on a given day, or post but forget what I'd actually done. Tried some other ways people suggested, but they didn't work for me. it's a lot of trial and error to find something you like. 

 

Hope you come back and fill us in @Roosevelt21!

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Hey Everyone!

 

Thanks so much for checking in on me! :D

 

First week went... alright :) I'm trying to practice a little bit of growth mindset. Definitely room for improvement, but here are the numbers as they stand.

 

Runs: 3 out of 4

Handstand practice: 1 out of 3

Interview prep: 2 out of 3

Tutorials: 1 out of 4

 

Not great, but considering the week before I went for 0 runs and did no interview prep, I'm going to call it an okay start and keep working on it. In terms of tracking, I have a stack of post it notes on my desk and I just put a tick mark next to the activity when I've done it. Seems to be working in terms of tracking, but not necessarily motivating (which I know I shouldn't rely on that anyway ;) ).

 

Something I learned this week is that setting a timer on my phone really helps me. For the interview prep, when I set that timer, it was really easy to tell myself that I was not going to get up until that timer buzzed. So I think that between the timer and the post it notes, I've got a good set of basic tools - just need to use my tools more.

 

Another thing I learned is that I am much more likely to go for a run if I do it immediately when I get home. On the day that I was supposed to run and didn't, I ended up going to the grocery store before going on a run, and then by the time I was done with that, I just wanted to veg out and not do anything. I think if I immediately do something else after a run (like handstand practice), that would be a good way to knock out 2 things before I put on the proverbial (or not so proverbial) sweatpants for the night.

 

Now for the good news: I set a PR for distance this week :D

 

WATCH OUT WEEK! HERE I FREAKING COME! 

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1 minute ago, Roosevelt21 said:

Thanks @fleaball for checking in. As I guess you can tell, I fell off the wagon, and then was too ashamed to say anything, so I continued to stay off the wagon. Not too sure what next step to take.

 

Reboot!

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Dust yourself off and find a new wagon. We've all had challenges where we disappeared for awhile because we didn't want to come back and admit how bad it was. It happens, we get it, you're not alone.

 

I suggest, sit down for a bit and do some brainstorming. "What happened?" "What didn't happen?" "What did I have trouble with? Why?" "What can I do differently?" If you're having trouble with motivation, think about what you want to accomplish and why.

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19 hours ago, Roosevelt21 said:

Thanks @fleaball for checking in. As I guess you can tell, I fell off the wagon, and then was too ashamed to say anything, so I continued to stay off the wagon. Not too sure what next step to take.

 

1 minute ago, zeroh13 said:

Dust yourself off and find a new wagon. We've all had challenges where we disappeared for awhile because we didn't want to come back and admit how bad it was. It happens, we get it, you're not alone.

 

I suggest, sit down for a bit and do some brainstorming. "What happened?" "What didn't happen?" "What did I have trouble with? Why?" "What can I do differently?" If you're having trouble with motivation, think about what you want to accomplish and why.

 

Exactly! And if you want, throw those answers up here and we can talk it out with you if you like. My very first challenge was absolutely unrealistic for where I was in life at the time. Like in retrospect it's completely laughable. So it was a spectacular failure, but I looked at it and went "okay so I had great intentions but didn't really think this through. Time to scale back and try simpler goals." 

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Okay. I've been thinking about this and have done some re-evaluation, and re-reading some older NF articles, and I've come to the conclusion that everyone else said up-front: I for sure bit off more than I could chew. 

 

I really want to do a hand stand by December 15 (cough *Star Wars* couch).

I really want to learn more.

I really don't want to run a half marathon, but I've committed, so I really *don't* want to not finish.

 

I think the next step is to start small and try to fail small. It's a bit late for this 4 week challenge, but I'm going to try and do a warm up challenge on my own - focusing on just one of those goals, and then get ready to focus on that one goal next challenge.

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