Wednesday, February 27, 2019

Let's start tracking...

Yesterday I had another dental cleaning. My fourth in the span of a year. Yeah, because I'm extra, I get to see my dental hygienist four times a year. Really it's because I have very bad periodontal disease and my body chemistry in my mouth is not my friend. I do have an appointment with a periodontist, finally, to start addressing those issues, but in the mean time, I need to do better with my dental hygiene at home.

Don't get me wrong, it's come a long way since a year ago, but it's time to go from twice a day to three times a day flossing, brushing, and swishing...

And that's where the happy tracker idea comes into play.

I was hemming an hawing about how to implement it when my daughter handed off a teachers weekly lesson plan book she was recently given. The school year is 3/4 of the way over so it's pretty useless to her at this point. I paged through it and discovered I could use it as my tracking method, at least for the time being. I bought some stickers as a reward to track that I did what I was supposed to.

So along with several other things I want to get back to doing on a regular basis, like walking to the post office or small housekeeping tasks or going to the gym or doing yoga...

I haven't quite decided how often I should get a larger reward for completing these daily tasks and how often--monthly? semi-monthly? every other Friday? And if I do, what's that larger reward?

I do know that skipping a single thing negates the reward no matter what. I guess it oughtta be good enough to keep me motivated, huh?

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