I've definitely been guilt of making a private post to keep my streak alive. Only once - and then I rewrote the actual piece I wanted to submit without worrying about a time constraint.
I think streaks are great.
I totally agree they can be a double edged sword, but I'm trying to form a life full of purposeful habits. Streaks are helping with that.
I have several streaks going right now:
- Logging 'Craig's Life' since 01-January-2019, 162 days. This includes investment time, distraction time, dental hygiene, exercise, food in take and weight.
- Makerlog, 66 days
- 200 words a day, 65 days
- Duolingo, 10 days, I've started learning French.
The more my day can be dictated by keeping streaks alive, the more I know I'm investing in good choices. I want to exercise. I want to create. I want to loose weight. I want to spend more time on improving myself instead of monging out in front of the TV.
I know it's not a long term plan, but it's working for me right now. There have definitely been days when I've not wanted to or even completely forgotten until last minute, but the more they become habit in my daily routine the less I need to think about them and, ultimately, the better my life will be. In theory…