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The Evolution of My Time/Habit/Life Tracking

"A complex system that works is invariably found to have evolved from a simple system that worked. A complex system designed from scratch never works and cannot be patched up to make it work. You have to start over, beginning with a working simple system." -John Gall

I built a pretty good daily tracking template, and I evolved it over time. It's serving me pretty well now. I'd like to show you the evolution.

Version 0 - I realized that tracking my time would be a good thing. I started writing down just one or two things per day.

Here's what my first day of tracking looked like:

26 May - Success

Failure is the Norm

On Kevin Espiritu

I've realized lately that to expect good things is usually not the best strategy.

Let me explain.  In business, when I'm trying out ideas for marketing, client development, or even a new business idea....most of the time I fail.  Probably 8 or 9 times out of 10.  That's OK, and at this point that is expected.  I think it's actually a GOOD thing that this happens.

But...how could 80-90% fail rate ever be considered good?!

Hidden in this figure is the fact that those who fail at this rate are actually taking action and trying so many things that they actually DO fail.  The opposite of this is failing at 1/1 things, or 4/4 things.

If you up the volume of things you try, you inevitably up the amount of times you fail.

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