Patti (whipartist) wrote,

Keeping score

I'm often amazed at how much counting, measuring, or keeping score of something motivates me.

A couple of weeks ago, I decided that I wanted to get into the habit of walking more. A normal person might just go out and do it, or keep a log, or maybe just think about it and never actually get going. Of course, I did what any self-respecting geek would do in this situation-- I read reviews, comparison-shopped online, then went to Amazon and bought a pedometer.

Sure, I could just make myself go walk, but keeping score seems to make a huge difference in my attitude. If I know that I'm going to have to face the bottom line when I get home, I'm far less likely to cut the walk short. I can set goals, and then measure myself against them with a pretty good degree of accuracy. Keeping score makes it fun.

I learned this way back when, about a million years ago when I used to get up early every morning and swim laps before work. (No, I'm not kidding, and I'm not hallucinating. I used to do that *and* get to work before 8:30.) Swimming laps was exercise that I could easily get myself to do, because I had a constant and rapidly-changing count, and having that number increase rapidly made me keep going without getting bored. I could play number games with myself and crawl on prime numbers, backstroke on even ones, etc.

Yay for keeping score!

Oh, and tonight I discovered an Indian restaurant a few blocks from my house. I have no idea how long it's been there, but I was really surprised to discover it.
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