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Performance Measurement: What Are You Measuring In Your Life?

Performance Measurement: What Are You Measuring In Your Life?
Imagine this... Someone walks into the gym, warms up, does a little bit of this exercise, does a little bit of that exercise, bounces around to a few machines, maybe hops on the treadmill, finishes their workout, and leaves the gym. This isn't a critique of their workout.


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What we measure, we improve

What we measure, we improve

Measurement won't solve all your problems life, but it is a way to track something essential: are you showing up in the areas that you say are important to you?

Measuring can help us spend that time in better ways, more consistently.




How to measure what's important in your life

  • Measure from a place of curiosity. Measure to understand.
  • Measure from a place of self-awareness. Measure to know yourself better.
  • Measure to see if you're investing time in the things that are important to you.




Habit tracking

Is a simple and effective thing to do if you want to stick with a habit for good. No matter the format (calendar, journal, app), it provides immediate evidence whether you are making progress or...

The power of habit tracking:

  1. It creates a visual cue that can remind you to act.
  2. It is motivating to see the progress you are making. You don't want to break your streak.
  3. It feels satisfying to record your success in the moment.

To make habit tracking easier:

  1. Manual tracking should be limited to your most important habits
  2. Record each measurement immediately after the habit occurs

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The Immediate vs Delayed Return Environment

Immediate-return environment: your actions instantly deliver clear and immediate outcomes. 

Delayed Return Environment: the choices you make today will not benefit you imme...

Source of anxiety

Constant uncertainty. There is no promise that investments will go up in the future. 

What you can do:

  • You can measure something. The act of measurement takes an unknown quantity and makes it known.  You can't know for certain how much money you will have in retirement, but you can remove some uncertainty from the situation by measuring how much you save each month. 
  • Shift Your Worry from the long-term problem to a daily routine that both rewards you right away (immediate return) and resolves your future problems (delayed return).  Instead of worrying about living longer, focus on taking a walk each day.

Self-awareness -> Self Improvement

You need self-awareness before you can achieve self-improvement.

If you're serious about getting better at something, then one of the first steps is to know—in black-and-white terms—w...

Self-awareness and change

If you aren't aware of what you're currently doing, it's very hard to change your life with any degree of consistency. 

Measurement bings self-awareness in line with reality.  Once you're aware of what's actually going on, you can make accurate decisions