What Numbers Mean to Me: The Numbers Game Takeaway
Busy busy day so far! Here’s how to tell if you’ll be having a non-stop 12 hour work day split up between two jobs:
On busy days, I like to seek out calm and peace in one form or another. Today I found serenity in the glowing, radiant sunrise.
I also came home for lunch, which is always a nice to break up the day.
Number 1 thing I love about stir fries, aside from the flava flave – leftovers! Plus a juicy plum:
I also grabbed a Chobani on my way out the door. Fresh Market was selling them for $1/piece, score!
How I Play The Numbers Game
Yesterday, I talked about my takeaways from Stepfanie’s presentation, how to write a better recipe. Another presentation I attended while at the Healthy Living Summit was called The Number Game, presented by Tina, Janetha, Lisa, and Beth.
The panel did a great job explaining which numbers motivated them and how, along with explaining which numbers affected them in a negative way, and how.
After each presentation, there’s a Q&A segment, but really, bloggers could talk all day on this topic. It got me thinking about how I use numbers to motivate me as well as which numbers affect me negatively.
Like the panelists, in some ways numbers motivate me to make a better life for myself and give me the fire under my rear to accomplish my goals. However, some numbers can have a negative effect on me. I choose to focus on the positive numbers for each of the following areas. The negative numbers are those which could affect me negatively, but instead, I’ve learned to not pay attention to them.
I don’t pay attention to the duration of my workout, so much as I do the integers that let me know how far and how fast I’m going. When I set out for a run, I don’t say I’m going for a 30 minute run, I say I’m going to run 3.5 miles. For some reason, when I surround my workout with duration parameters, it sounds too much like work; like something I have to do. While I don’t pay attention to duration, I do pay attention to frequency. My body is happiest when I work out 5-6 days per week, so that’s what I aim for each week.
I try to pay attention to the positive numbers, in order to make sure I get enough protein for the day, to make sure each meal and snack has enough protein + fat to keep me satisfied, and to try to choose options without a boatload of sugar. I do not pay attention to total calories per day or even per meal. When I do this, it makes me crazy.
Yes, traffic is in both the positive and the negative columns here. I do pay attention to blog traffic. On a weekly or monthly basis, it gives me criteria I need to see what readers enjoyed reading and what attracted readers, so I can keep up – or improve – my posts. However, daily monitoring of traffic drives me batty. Just like body weight fluctuates throughout the day, traffic fluctuates from day to day too, and it’s not always something I can control. Another numerical aspect of blogging I choose not to pay attention to is comparing my comments with other bloggers’ comments. I try to make my blog individual and unique to me, so why would my commenters/comments reflect another bloggers’, right?
*positive – numbers that motivate me and I put parameters on
*negative – numbers that I don’t think about and/or put parameters on
Time to get back to work! Have a good rest of your Tuesday, friends.
Which numbers affect you in a positive, motivating way? Which have a negative effect? How do you choose to deal with the latter?
See you after dinner!