How tracking your daily progress can help you reach your annual goals.
For the last two years, I have been wearing a Fitbit, a watch-like device that tracks my steps, exercise, calories, water, and even my heart rate. Fitness trackers have become popular because they track the daily goals you set for yourself.
I have set five primary daily goals for my Fitbit to track:
1. I walk 10,000 steps per day
2. I eat 1,350 calories per day
3. burn 2,135 calories each day
4. I complete 30 active minutes of exercise each day
5. I drink 64 ounces of water per day
Throughout the day I look at my Fitbit to check the number of steps I have taken and receive instant feedback. At any given time during of the day, I know exactly how close I am to reaching my daily goal of walking 10,000 steps and how much more effort I will need to reach my goal for the day.
The powerful benefit of wearing my fitness tracker is the curiosity of wanting to know "my score." When I take the 10,000th step, my Fitbit lights up and vibrates against my wrist, delivering a physical signal of success. Reaching daily goals allows me to celebrate the tiny steps toward the accomplishment of a larger goal.
But what if the daily fitness goals shown above were to be written as annual goals:
1. I walk 1,825 miles
2. I eat 492,750 calories
3. I burn 779,275 calories
4. I complete 10,950 active minutes of exercise
5. I drink 23,360 ounces of water
The annual goals now look absurd. They create a "hoped for" outcome without clarifying the type and quantity of daily activities you need to accomplish every day.