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How to fail at a goal

I feel like I could write this post. I didn’t bring in my breakfast today. I did bring in some lunch/snack supplements though. But the breakfast one was supposed to be easy!

Wandering through the wonderfulness that is delicious, I happened on a great post called “The Ultimate Guide to Motivation – How to Achieve Any Goal” by Leo Babauta. A lot of the tips we already know so I won’t rehash what he wrote (though he has a fascinating view on copyright) but this one I didn’t think about:

13. Chart your progress. This can be as simple as marking an X on your calendar, or creating a simple spreadsheet, or logging your goal using online software. But it can be vastly rewarding to look back on your progress and to see how far you’ve come, and it can help you to keep going — you don’t want to have too many days without an X! Now, you will have some bad marks on your chart. That’s OK. Don’t let a few bad marks stop you from continuing. Strive instead to get the good marks next time.

The emphasis is mine.

Of course. I mean, come on, don’t we chart the other stuff like weight loss/gain or budget (those of that are good about that).

How do I chart my June goal of bringing in breakfast 4 out of 5 days a week and lunch one day a week? Do I put an “X” on a calendar only for those days that I brought a meal or do I tally by week? Well, let’s try this experiment. I’m starting a new widget!

Couple of ways I thought of doing it. X above or X instead of the date. I like the flow of instead of the date but how to track which was breakfast and which was lunch? What if I bring both on one day? I guess we should have that happen before I stress about it too much. ::grin:: After tinkering, I think I like coloring the background of the cell the best.

June 2008
1 2 3 4
5 6 7
8 9 10 11 12 13 14
15 16 17 18 19 20 21
22 23 24 25 26 27 28
29 30
June 2008
1 2 3 4 5 6 7
8 9 10 11 12 13 14
15 16 17 18 19 20 21
22 23 24 25 26 27 28
29 30

Oh, and the easy way that I did this was just view the source of the calendar widget WordPress already had. I took out the links and left just the dates. I also did valign=”top” on the rows (tr) so that when I put an “X” under the number that it didn’t look all funky.

[Edit] I keep changing the code in the widget. That’s the great thing about the web: easy to change stuff!


3 Responses

  1. Hey, this post is interesting because I read an article a few months ago by Jerry Seinfeld and he said that when he was getting into stand up, he would use the X technique on a huge calendar to show how often he wrote jokes…

    Anyways, to answer your questions about bento….
    I didn’t put anything on the banana pieces but I did squeeze a little lime on my apple to keep it from turning brown.
    For the avocado I didn’t do anything, I figured if it turned a little brown on top it wouldn’t be too bad and the bottom part would still be good. If you have any other questions feel free to ask. I’m pretty new to bento also, so I may not know all the answers, hehe. Have fun with your bento when it comes in!

  2. Hmm… a huge calendar… I could pull the tracking from a widget to a page. Hm….. Thank you for the idea 🙂

    And thank you for the bento answers. I don’t usually mind a little brown either but was thinking of the photo. Tsk tsk on me, I know! I’ve already been gathering up food by colors. I have a weakness making a colorful dinner at times too so this’ll help out lotsa meals. 🙂

  3. I do love that more people would contribute such meaningful articles more often.

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