Remember I said I was going to create a board where I could put every day that I work out so that I can begin to “reward the routine, not the goal”? Well, I went to work and sold my idea to a couple of my upstairs co-workers. I went to a teacher store and bought a behavior chart for kids, turned it on its side and am using it to put a :) every day that we work out. Its a good visual reminder to work out.
And, I don’t know if its the stickers or the public way that it is set up, but it was cold and rainy one day and one of the ladies said, “ordinarily I would just go home, but I want to get a sticker on the board!”
Here’s how it works. To get a sticker, you have to work out at least 30 minutes of anything. And, it can even be broken up (10 minutes now, 20 minutes then, etc). But, it needs to feel like a real work out. You get green or yellow happy faces for each work out. After the 9th one, you get a gold star. If you work out at least 20 days in the month, then you get another sticker that says “Good Job!” in the Final column. Lol, it cracks me up that this is really motivating. I think it challenges our inner kindergartener.
One of the other managers came upstairs on Tuesday (the 2nd) and was complaining about how he felt “ugh” because he hadn’t worked out, etc. So we challenged him to join our board. He got the red squiggly line. I talked to him yesterday and he ran!
We were doing this for nothing at first, for just our awareness of physical activity and some accountability. But, now, we are all pitching in $10 a month. At the end of the cardboard (May), the person with the most workouts is getting the pot of $. Right now it stands at $240.
All these little things, this is what keeps work fun. This is training to remember that the result shouldn’t be the goal…the goal should be the routine and if you stick with that, the result will follow.