(Second in a series.) I said my beloved and I are having a good run with a system where every day our goal is to score 100 points. How do we get points?
Our core idea: instead of making any big resolutions, we provide small incentives for doing things that we’d like to do more often. Right now, I have 67 different ways that I can earn points. More, in fact, once you break everything down. I am not making this up.
Here are some of the non-work related things I can get points for:
- 8 points if I call my Mom
- 1 point if I step on a scale (2 more if I actually record my weight)
- 2 points if I make it through the day with only one Coke Zero
- 3 points if we go to a new restaurant
- 4 points if I use Brisbane’s awesome ferry system to go anywhere
- 4 points for a blog post
Or, to provide an example for a specific domain, here are all the different ways I can earn points from jogging:
- 4 points just for starting the run
- 1 point if I remember to start my stopwatch
- 2 point if Beckie also runs
- 3 points if I also ran the day before (yes, gamers: a combo bonus!)
- 3 points if I make it over the first bridge of my loop (my whole route is a beautiful loop along the Brisbane river, so I have to cross it twice)
- 2 points if I make it over the second bridge
- 3 points if I make it all the way to the end of my loop
- 4 points if I run over the first bridge again
- 3 points if I finish the second loop again
- 5 points if instead of any of the above, I take a “planned rest day,” which means that instead of deciding one day that I don’t feel like jogging, having decided the day before that I feel like my legs would benefit from a rest tomorrow
The idea is that I don’t have to do any particular thing to get 100 points, but I do have to do some combination of things that I can otherwise be bad about not doing. As a result, I’ve pushed a whole bunch of habits in the right direction.