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04 June 2006 @ 10:08 pm
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This is high even though I didn't do much around the house today. Most of the day was spent preparing for a birthday dinner for my step-dad at my brother's house, then being there. I guess I got points for a lot of little things again, as I didn't do any laundry, or cleaning, or much of anything besides make a pasta salad, a quick trip to the store, meet with my kids' Religious Education teacher about how they're handling the current crisis, take a nap, then go to my brother's house for a birthday party for my stepdad. I guess I do more than I realize every day.

So...here's a query for everybody. (If other people are still reading this community.) How do you deal with the competitive aspect of "keeping score"? I find myself always looking for ways to "earn points" and judging whether I've had a "good day" or "bad day" based on how many points I have, and wondering how I compare to other people. How do you keep the points, color system, and general feel of the tally non-judgmental?

305 accomplishments, 20 health and body, 22 work and home, and 20 mind and soul


Your score fits into the following spectrum:
000-110 = Off the scale 115-125 = Black 130-140 = Charcoal 145-155 = Gray 160-170 = Violet 175-185 = Indigo 190-200 = Blue 205-215 = Blue-Green 220-240 = Green 245-255 = Yellow-Green 260-270 = Yellow 275-285 = Yellow-Orange 290-300 = Orange 305-315 = Red-Orange 320-330 = Red 335-345 = Ultra-Violet 350-360 = Ultra-Marine 365-375 = Neon-Green 380-390 = Golden 395-405 = Electric-Orange 410-420 = Infra-Red


In order to effectively use handicaps in this version of Keeping Score, you must manually adjust the sphere score when you paste the results into your blog if you took a handicap of more than 10 accomplishment points. (OKCupid doesn't handle numbers past 127.)

In order to do that, open the edit function after you paste the results into your journal and find the sphere score number that is over 100. Change the hundreds digit in that score to reflect the actual handicap.

To see possible circumstances that led to a score adjustment, go Google HERE. Use your browser's back button to return to these results.

My test tracked 4 variables How you compared to other people your age and gender:

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You scored higher than 41% on accomplishments

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You scored higher than 16% on health and body

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You scored higher than 66% on work and home

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You scored higher than 33% on mind and soul
Link: The Keeping Score Test written by moderatelymad on OkCupid Free Online Dating, home of the 32-Type Dating Test
memegardenermemegarden on June 5th, 2006 04:52 am (UTC)
I find the system motivating. If I'm low-energy and haven't done any, say, dishes that day, I can get myself up to do them by waving the prospect of a few more points at myself. I don't tend to feel bad about it if I really don't have the wherewithal to earn many points in a day, but I do feel good if I do a lot, and the system gets me thinking about different ways I can be productive, especially if I don't feel like doing anything. I don't tend to compare across days, largely since the generic tally isn't closely suited to my life and attitudes, and has been in flux anyway, but doing the tally itself gets me fishing for points by doing a little bit of something throughout the day.
Jenniferamethystjade on June 8th, 2006 02:12 am (UTC)
I feel like that's the point, to some degree. To strive to get better scores by combining tasks or making them more rewarding, or just doing more.

I don't do it faithfully enough to compare days; I'm just trying to get a good score. I have a momentary pang of jealousy when I read other high scores, but then I don't think about it much after.