In the past, I’ve tended to over-commit to goals and to fail to take a number of different factors into account. (Then I fail, feel supremely irritated with myself, and so on.) In the spirit of Nick Winter’s “success spiral” idea (which I’ll admit I was told about by a friend, and haven’t read about myself, so I might be getting it wrong–sorry, Nick), I’m trying a completely different approach. Last month I reset all of my goals, and added a few new ones, so that they would start again at 0 today, with a 0 rate.
From there, I’ll be using my autodialer script to enforce keeping up with the same rate or improving, but to disallow losing ground. Nearly all of my 79 goals (yes, you read that right), change from “do x, do y, do z” to just “do better”. (Some of these will also use “max safe days”, on and off, to speed up the rate at which improvement is required.)
(Sorry, most of them are set on private at the moment, while I use the API to clean the roads up so they don’t look like a complete mess, but I’ll report here from time to time on how this ends up going. (And I’ll probably improve the script a bit so that it includes things like maximums and minimums, and then I’ll share it again.)
If you’re using averaging or any other way to gradually improve something, let me/us know below! (So that we can steal your ideas for our own goals!!)