Yesterday’s post was the 1100’th, and that brought the concept of milestones to mind again.
Setting milestones, or simple acknowledging them as they pass, is a great way to remind yourself of your progress. It gives that short burst of “damn that’s pretty good”, and then usually gives you a small push towards hitting a possible next one as well. There’s danger in the things though. You don’t want to set your steps too high, but now too low either. It can be a bit of a delicate process, but once you get it down can be a nice aid in keeping up the good work.
So, not making your steps too large, keeping your milestones achievable within a certain timeframe. Say you’re aiming to be able to run a marathon. Sure, running 5km in one go seems like a decent first milestone, but if you’re starting from nil then you’ll soon find it’s just taking too much time to reach that. You go too long without that satisfaction of achieving a set goal, which makes it feel like the task at hand isn’t gaining you anything significant.
On the other hand, you don’t want to go in too small increments either. Let’s take the marathon running example again, and assume you’re on a strict, high-paced training schedule. You set your milestones to be 1km of non-stop running apart. Thanks to your awesome schedule you add on an extra kilometer every week. this means every week you’re reaching the next milestone. All fun and games in theory, but over time you’ll start to value those achievements less and less. Kind of like how eating the same delicious meal every day gets boring real quick. So be mindful not to reward yourself too much. It should be something special.
Now these are all pretty bad examples, but I’m sure you get what I mean.