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Bill Bergeman


10 Reasons Why I'm Fine With Letting My NotePD Daily Streak Lapse After 479 Days

I started over at the beginning of the month after being tied for second place on the Best Streaks leaderboard.

    1. In 20 years, I'll remember the memories I made with friends on the days I didn't write idea lists.

    But, I probably wouldn't have remembered the ideas.

    2. Being on a leaderboard is not why I got started.

    Yet in recent weeks, I caught myself creating two idea lists solely with AI, and I marked them as "Private," just so I could have lists complete for my streak to continue on those days. I'm not against AI lists, but I'm here to booster my creativity, not let a bot write my ideas for me. That was a sign for me to stop.

    3. It's time to let some other people get a shot.

    I'm happy to let others move up the board to take my place.

    4. Is it really that important?

    I mean. Not really.

    5. I know how to be consistent with daily habits without needing an external motivator.

    Being on a leaderboard is definitely a cool way to gamify list creation, but I don't need it.

    6. Being off the leaderboard doesn't mean I no longer write daily lists.

    I'm already back to a week of of daily lists.

    7. Curiously, after a week of being back at it, I'm already up to 24th place.

    NotePD needs more people working on streaks. I shouldn't be that high already.

    8. Stuff like that just doesn't bother me.

    Like I said before, it's cool, I like it, but I don't need it. Letting it go was pretty easy.

    9. Stopping a streak is a reminder that nothing is meant to last forever.

    I love consistency and I have a whole host of things I do virtually every day. But, life happens and nothing lasts forever except for death. I find it healthy to remember that fact.

    10. Will I go for another long streak?

    Maybe. Maybe not. I'm writing daily ideas again, and I'll continue to do so until I don't.

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