Racking Up “Awesomeness Points”
My little one has a habit of crying over lots of things. It’s ok, he’s 4. But it’s still kind of annoying, so in our typical parent quest to get him to cry less, we made a little chart that highlights all the times he could have cried but didn’t. Or more likely started crying and stopped quickly. He would get a sticker for all those times and then work his way up to a prize. In theory. He kind of never got to the prize. But the chart still works because of the very basic human desire to have small wins recognized – for everything to count for something.
It is pretty much the entire reason you have people spending all manner of money on FitBits!
As I have been tracking my time in a time diary to see where it all goes – life’s great mystery – I find myself very aware throughout the day when I do one of the things that I have deemed of value… or not. A little mental tally has begun to sprout up… “well at least I took the dog to off-leash at the park today, spoke to my mother and didn’t spend any money stupidly…”
These arbitrary little moments of Time Well Spent that I can feel good about at the end of the day are my ultimate goal. It is satisfying and encouraging when I manage to get some of them in. You know that feeling… after you worked out, or managed to spend 30 quality *singularly-focused* minutes with your kid, or just did whatever that was generally good for your body/mind/soul/finances/family well-being (or some combination thereof)?
So, funny thing happened.. a List of Awesomeness has taken form in my mind. And I have given weight to each awesome thing so that at the end of the day, I can tally up all my awesomeness points and pat myself on the back for a job well done. Like I do for my 4 year old. What can I say – it feels good.
Except, yesterday my tally was 15 out of a possible 230. Though to be fair, since I would never go to, say, a kickboxing and yoga class on the same day, I’d say a fair score is anything above 80.
List of Awesomeness
1. Out of bed before 7:00 am: 5
2. Color with the little guy for 30 minutes: 10
3. Take the dog to the park: 5
4. Take kids to park: 15
5. 50 crunches: 5
6. 15 leg lifts: 5
7. 18 squats: 5
8. 10 squat thrusts: 5
9. 10 push ups: 5
10. 20 jumping jacks: 5
11. 10 minutes yoga/stretching: 5
12. Bring lunch to work: 10
13. Meditate for 5 minutes: 5
14. Call mom: 5
15. Spend money on nothing but food: 5
16. Practice ukulele: 5
17. Go for bike ride: 15
18. Have family game night: 15
19. Read book: 5
20. Get rid of 5 things: 5
21. Brush doggie’s teeth: 5
22. Go to kickboxing class: 50
23. Go to yoga class: 25
24. Nature walk: 15
230 total possible
What do you get awesomeness points for?