How to commit

by Volker Weber

Here is a little trick you can play with your brain. Say you want to exercise every day for 30 minutes, which you should btw, you need to keep a record. Don't just do it. Check it off on your calendar every single day. And display the calendar on your wall. Why? So you can see, that you did not break the chain. It's very rewarding to see that checkmark every single day. You don't want to see a day where you did not check off the thing you committed yourself to. And here is a little app that helps you if that calendar thing does not work, because you are traveling:

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Not yet working for the person who made the screenshot. :-)

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Not yet working? Technical problems, I assume.

Oswald Prucker, 2012-01-24

I can attest that running every day helps you keep at it better than a few times a week. It becomes habit. Not "will I run today?", but "WHEN will I run today?". 2 years, 7 months, and 23 days in a row now.

Kathy Brown, 2012-01-24

Wow, that's impressive!

Volker Weber, 2012-01-24

That's why I use an app on the iPhone to keep track of my runs.

How many times this week? Better or worse than last month? How did my average pace improve? What's the relationship between elevation and pace? I guess that's a good example of gamification.

Btw., I use Runkeeper which would talk to my scale and other gadgets, not only the iPhone which I currently use: http://runkeeper.com/user/mleisi

Matthias Leisi, 2012-01-24

@Kathy, indeed impressive.

Mariano Kamp, 2012-02-05

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