I have always been a goal oriented person. This has meant setting up plans for the future, tracking progress on any of multiple topics or just comparing things against a yardstick of some sort.
As I write this at the end of 2011 I want to focus at first on my physical goals for the upcoming year.
Looking at how I respond to goals is important as I try to see what is realistic and reasonable to achieve for the new year. Over the past couple of years I have tracked on here my mileage for walking and biking.
I wanted to look at how I actually did versus my stated goals.
|Year||Walking Goal||Walking Total||% of Goal||Biking Goal||Biking Total||% of Goal||Total Goal||Grand Total||% of Goal|
|2011 - reasonable||1520||1729||113%||1000||1201||120%||2500||2929||117%|
|2011 - high||1520||1729||113%||1200||1201||100%||2700||2929||108%|
|2012 - Realistic||1000||1520||121%||1000||1501||150%||2500||3340||134%|
|2012 - high||1500||1700||108%||1300||1501||115%||3000||3340||111%|
|2013 - Realistic||1520||1997||131%||1000||1431||143%||2500||3428||137%|
|2013 - high||1700||1997||117%||1300||1431||111%||3000||3428||114%|
In 2009 I was just starting to figure out how I wanted to stay in shape and what sorts of goals made sense for my lifestyle and what I was capable of doing. I have not ever been in horrible shape. I started thinking about this back then because I was a little frustrated that I was out of breath walking a half mile to mile across a downtown. Once I started riding my bike (and talking about it Here and Here) I found that I liked how I felt the days I rode more than the days I did not.
When I switched my job in the libraries and went from teaching classes to being a supervisor in Circulation I had to find ways to stay more active. I started a tradition of off-loading materials and shelving materials by the handful rather than take a cart. I managed to add in several hundred extra steps to my days that way. I also started to do laps around the outside of the building during my breaks when ever I felt I needed a bit of fresh air or needed to clear my head from my duties around the building. That got a couple of other people at work to start to do the same thing also.
For 2012 I set a fairly high goal for myself and was able to beat it by a decent margin. I was nicely surprised to see that I was able to accomplish 40% or more aerobic steps for an entire year and I am using that as a standard from now on. I was happy with my biking totals overall but still see where I can improve things. In September with such a low total I felt let down that I would not make an insanely high goal of doubling my miles. Then in December when I saw that I was already at 150% for the year I did not feel impelled to ride at all. It is the first time after I started recording things that I had a zero in any category even after getting hit by a car in 2009.
It did make me want to push more in 2013 so I put in a very high goal of beating my driving total for the year by walking and riding more miles than driving. We shall see if this pushes me in the right direction.
I looked at my ability to meet my goals and how it compared over the last 18 months. I decided that I should modify my goals that I have set in my pedometer's program. That will radically change my accomplishments in the historical sense. I have changed my Aerobic Steps daily goal from 2,000 steps per day to 4,000 steps per day because I have been able to meet that upper limit on a regular basis every month in 2012 and 2013. For my overall steps total I have changed it from 10,000 to 12,000 steps per day. I have been able to achieve that goal for the previous 18 months as well.
I think that by changing my goals in that program to these higher marks that it will more closely match what I am actually doing. This will mean I will break my goals here far fewer times because it will be much harder to hit 150% of a goal. I am going to look over some ideas for what mark I should be considering to signify breaking a goal.
I liked how I made progress on my goals in 2013. I want to push my self a little further without going too crazy.
So I have decide to set reasonably high goals for the year and change my daily goals up just a bit as well. I have also added in some additional goals to try to keep my self more focused on what else I am doing in life besides walking and riding.
So in 2014:
In 2013 I managed to achieve at least the 13,000 steps on average for 5 months and only got less than 90% of that goal one month. I am keeping the aerobic steps the same as I found I was able to meet that goal consistently but pushing it higher would mean taking away from other activities. So I set my self a goal on those other activities of writing to help keep me focused on time management.