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Nine Tips for Getting Started with Life Tracking

Inspired by Sebastian’s posts about the benefits of life tracking, I decided to try it for myself. After several false starts, I’ve now been doing it for almost two months straight and have had some great results. In this post I’ll explain how my current tracking system works and I’ll share some of the lessons I’ve learned along the way.

How it Works

Every Sunday morning I print an eight page document that I use throughout the week to track various aspects of my life. The first page is an overview, which I will fill out at the end of the week to summarize my results. The remaining seven pages are devoted to each day of the week.

Close Your Eyes While You Climb

On The Best of Sett

Ninety percent of the challenge of being an entrepreneur is emotional. And I don’t mean being able to cope with long, stressful hours and grueling uncertainty, though there’s that too. What I’m referring to is the constant game of comparison that nobody talks about but that we’re all playing in our heads, day in and day out.

I’ve been doing a lot of thinking about why this is. I don’t have the answer.

Sure, some of it may have to do with hedonic adaptation – humanity’s worst psychological quirk.  When the lottery winner spends all his money and is depressed when he’s thrust back into his old life? That’s hedonic adaptation. When the guy gets the girl of his dreams and, with his newfound confidence, goes after her cuter friend? That’s hedonic adaptation. Essentially, it’s the idea that happiness is a treadmill, not a marathon. Accomplishments don’t get you any closer to some end goal. Your expectations are cursed by the Red Queen, constantly pushing you back to the same place.

But that can’t be all of it. Hedonic adaptation might lead to depression, but it shouldn’t lead to envy. Here’s a thought: what if these adjusting expectations also affect how you compare yourself to others?

If you asked me a year ago about my goals for the past year, I’ve accomplished all of them. I’m working on interesting projects with people I love while traveling the world. I’m reading and writing and building and improving myself. But because I’ve entrenched myself in a community of such incredible people, my expectations for myself have adjusted too.

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