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.
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?
- Launch a new micro-app built with the technologies we use at work.
- Finish reading How to Win Friends and Influence People.
Improving interpersonal skills
- 2018-02-11: I started reading How to Win Friends and Influence People
- 2018-01-30: I finished reading The No Asshole Rule.
- 2018-01-02: I started reading The No Asshole Rule.
- 2018-01-01: I found this Quora page which will serve as a jumping off point for a reading list.
Other: Eating out, media consumption, ████████████
- 2018-02-10: I completely locked myself out of my Battle.net 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.