Truth-be-told, I am not any better. Although I typically don't make New Year's resolutions, I decided at the start of this year to set a goal of walking 3 miles everyday. I even gave myself a slogan: "5K everyday." Well, I was fairly faithful until mid-February, when we relocated to a new city and state. I've been walking fairly consistently since then, but haven't made it back to 3 miles per day.
Impact of daily effortIn thinking about this, I began to consider the impact of repeating a small activity on a regular basis. Consider what the positive impact is for each of the following:
- Walking 3 miles per day for an entire year - almost 1,100 miles.
- Writing 275 words per day for an entire year - over 100,000 words (300-400 page book).
- Reading 60 minutes per day - over two full weeks of reading.
Of course, there can be negative impacts as well:
- Smoking a pack of cigarettes every day - 7,300 cigarettes.
- Eating 500 extra calories every day - 182,500 calories (or 240 Burger King Whoppers).
- Starbucks every morning on the way to work - $1,000.
Visual IllustrationThe infographic below shows the impact of doing something at different frequency intervals over a year. The smallest, light color square in the lower left corner represents doing something once in a year. If you do something quarterly, the result is 4 times in a year, monthly, 12; Weekly, 52; and finally, 365 times when repeating an activity daily.
Clearly, engaging in an activity every day can really add up over the course of a year. What is a small activity that you can perform every day that will improve you in some way? Write it down and commit to taking that action every day for an entire year. Even five minutes of activity every day translates into 30 hours by year's end.