You improve what you measure.

As I take significant steps toward a goal, I’m recording progress here, and I’ve created metrics to track changes over time.

Each day, I’m asking myself a series of questions to see how happy I feel with my behavior. I’m phrasing it that way to avoid optimizing for “all or nothing” scenarios; e.g. it’s ok to sleep in some days and eat out sometimes. You improve what you measure; I want to be happier, not some robotic ideal of perfect.

This list will change over time. I want to keep it lightweight and focused on a small set of goals that matter.

Current goals

To reflect on:

  • How well am I getting up in the mornings to help with the girls?
  • How well are we sticking to our budget? Review regularly!
  • Am I exercising? Are we walking the dog?

To accomplish:

  • Launch a new micro-app built with the technologies we use at work.
  • Finish reading How to Win Friends and Influence People.

Steps taken

Improving interpersonal skills

Other: Eating out, media consumption, ████████████

  • 2018-02-10: I completely locked myself out of my account.
  • 2018-01-22: I started a new job here in town.
  • 2018-01-17: We were gifted a week with Hello Fresh and have continued it.
  • 2018-01-01: I took most apps off of my phone.
  • 2018-01-01: I brushed off my Kindle.