"What gets measured, gets managed." - Peter Drucker
There is so much power in this quote. If you've never tracked yourself, you don't even know how much power there is in tracking. I couldn't even explain it adequately. You wouldn't believe me. You'd think I was exaggerating. The simple act of paying attention to something will cause you to make connections you never did before, and you'll improve the those areas - almost without any extra effort.
I'm not a believer in "free lunch" and I don't think the universe vibrates things to you just by thinking about them. But the closest thing to a free lunch getting vibrated to you by the universe is writing things down as they happen.
Before I go any further, I need to give you one piece of advice - start small and build up, so you don't overwhelm yourself. This is just being pragmatic. You want to scale up gradually, as I wrote up in "The Evolution of My Time/Habit/Life Tracking." You want to build small wins, lock them so they become automatic, and then expand.
I'd have a hard time convincing you of the power of tracking, so I'll just show you. I fill this out every single day.
On Drew Millar
I was thinking a little bit this morning about my continual quest for good habits and self-improvement and started wondering why I do this. It seems to me that there are two types of people in this world: those that care about improving themselves and those that don't. I'm definitely one of the former.
From all I've seen and read, those that do fit into that first group don't merely care about improving themselves, but often obsess over it. We plan our days, set crazy goals, read about it, write about it, meditate because of it, and on and on. It can often be the driving source of our confidence and well being throughout the day.
The second group of people is more varied. They aren't necessarily lazy people. Many of them are actually way more successful than those in the first group and some of them even have better habits. They just don't think about all this crap. I know a lot of very successful, balanced, and happy people who have never picked up a book about self-improvement in their lives. It all just comes easy to them. I guess they are just naturals.
That said, I'm definitely not one of those people, and I know from friends and strangers alike that there are plenty of people like me.