Maybe it’s not the length of streak, but the number of streaks that we should count

I’ve been thinking and writing a bunch about streaks, in particular about meditation. So have a bunch of our bloggers. I mean, we at FIFI tend to pay attention to what we are doing and also how often we are doing it. In October, I ended up missing two meditation days (not in succession) in one week. That broke my almost-150-day streak.

Oh no! This woman gets me. Photo by Diana Polekhina on Unsplash.

Okay, time to start on over again. Yes, this has happened before, and will happen again. It’s not about the numbers, it’s about the moment. (Feel free to insert more platitudes here). But, when I looked at my milestones on Ten Percent Happier (yes, of course they keep track), I saw this:

But wait, there’s more.

There’s one more streak photo to show you:

Yes, 200 days! Did it once.

Here’s what I’m seeing from all this: it may be hard to sit 200+ days in a row, but it’s really easy to sit 3 days in a row. After all, I’ve personally done it 37 times! Honestly, this gestalt shift has made me very happy– it means (to me) that I know how to start and restart at something I want to do, but am not perfect or flawless at. Yay! This bodes well for the other things in my life I’d like to do more often and more consistently.

While I’ve got you here, let me say that I’m at 172 workouts in 2022, That means 50 to go. I can do it!

And it bodes well for you too, dear readers. I’m just a girl, standing in front of an app, asking it to help her love whatever activity it’s promoting. Who knew counting would be so much fun?

Readers, how do you feel about short-repeated streaks? Do you take them in stride? I’d like to know what you think.

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