Wednesday, April 04, 2012
When I first registered with SparkPeople, I didn't pay any attention to SparkPoints but at about level three, I started clicking on the "Get Your SparkPoints" buttons. Shortly after that I started trying to get 100 points a day just for fun. I have a natural inability to "cheat" even in things that don't matter, so I found myself skimming articles that didn't interest me, over-training, logging in at midnight, and answering polls that weren't relevant to me. I have reset my history several times so that I could find articles and quizzes that would garner me more points.
I realized that I was doing this quite a while ago, but there was always the next level. Today I crossed the 25,000 point mark and I'm going to stop making any effort to record points before reaching the next level gets too enticing. I'm not going to click to get my points anymore and I'm not going to go to the My SparkPoints page unless it is necessary to accomplish something. By trying to maximize my points while logged in, I am spending more time on the actions that are :)pointless:) to me than I am on the useful things like contributing to discussions and commenting on blogs.
My new goals, since I am now happy with my weight, nutrition skills, and ability to exercise will be to get my sleep cycle on track, and my Spark priorities straight. The SparkPoints were a great tool for me but its time to move on.