Here’s a quick accountability trick that I’ve been using to help me some of my fitness goals. It’s called ‘Don’t Break the Streak’, and it goes like this.
There’s something you want to improve. For me, it’s push-ups.
- Print off a calendar, and hang it someplace conspicuous.
- Do SOMETHING every day to get yourself better, and once you do it, check off of that calendar.
- Your goal is to make the streak of ‘checked days’ as long as possible.
This gives you a quick visual indicator of your improvement. A steady streak of Xs through days that you can count.
Your job is keep the streak alive, and make the snake as long as possible!
My Long-Term Goal: Be able to do 50 real push-ups in less than a minute. Given where I am in my fitness, that’s a LONG-term goal.
My Daily Habit: 3 sets of 12 hand release push-ups with between 30 seconds and 60 seconds rest between them. The whole thing takes about 5 minutes to do.
My streak: 6 days (so far).