30 Days in March

February is always a rough month for me, it seems. It’s part psychological and probably part SAD. This year it was also part extreme busy-ness.

But today marks a new month! So I’m hopping back on 30 days horse.

This month I’m sticking with the quantified self theme again, but focused on activity. I’ve had a Fitbit for a few years, now a Basis watch, and even use Moves on my phone (yes, I love data). They’ve proven very informative but I haven’t successfully used them to motivate myself towards a goal on a regular basis.

Seven thousand steps per day.

Thats the goal. Fitbit defaults you to a goal of 10k, but between it being winter and the fact I’m in the middle of a time-demanding project I’m trying to make a more realistic goal I can hit. I won’t say how low-step-count some of my days have been lately but suffice it to say this 30 day challenge is a definite need.

30 Day Challenges

Each year I find myself torn when it comes to New Year’s resolutions. I simultaneously notice the arbitrary significance where one day is culturally more important than the surrounding identical days, while also understanding the benefit of cyclical patterns and motivation for renewal. Ultimately I settle into a position of trying to utilize cultural momentum without over emphasizing the occasion.

This year, coming off the recent heels of growing a creepy ‘stache to raise money for men’s health, I’m attracted to the concept of 30 day challenges. Matt Cutts, a prominent Google employee I admire and respect, tweeted a few times recently about considering 30 day challenges instead of traditional resolutions. Here’s a TED talk of him speaking to the idea and his experience with it:

Overall I love the concept, as well as the idea of refreshing my focus and motivation twelve times over the course of this year. Two years ago I found 2012 to be a very rough and difficult year. In comparison 2013 was incredible and I can feel the momentum flowing into 2014 and well. Knowing I won’t be setting myself up for failed massive resolutions mixes with that making me even more excited! My plan is to announce my focus for the month and report back a synopsis at the end of the month.

I’m going to ease in to the year, though. First up is a new take on a cliché goal. I’ll be logging my food intake with LoseIt! each day. I already use it, but often I’ll miss part or all of a day. Since I already have some momentum I’d like to see myself up the ante by being more regular, making myself healthier while also feeding my borg-like desire for data. I presume now the blog name makes a bit more sense?