A wise person once said that you are only ever competing with yourself.
My goal of running 2,017 kilometers in 2017 is off to a good start. I’m keeping a record of my progress in a spreadsheet. In the “score” cell is the difference between the progress that I should be making and what I actually have done. Anything over zero means that I am ahead of my goal. In gamification terms, that means that I am “winning.”
My sister is also challenging herself. Her goal is to write 2,017 pages. She’s blogging about her experience here: https://alexkourvo.com/2017/01/06/what-can-you-do-2017-of-in-2017/. We are each other’s accountability buddies to keep us honest and encourage each other.
The gamification part is pretty motivating in and of itself. Although I am winning today, the game isn’t over yet. Tomorrow I will be back in the hole by 4+ km, unless I accumulate more distance.
Onward and upward.