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What Gets Measured, Gets Managed

"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.

A Limit Approaching Perfection

On Kevin Espiritu

If you're afflicted with this idea that you need something to be perfect - whether that be a skill, deliverable, project, whatever - you probably know how crippling it can be.  You'll spend 2x as much time getting something from 90% to 100% as you did getting it from 0% to 90%.

A while back I started thinking about how little I learned in college/high school, and then realizing that I was dead wrong.  I definitely learned a lot of concepts, most of which are applied in totally different ways than my teachers and professors intended.

Take calculus for example.  Don't really care about it in my day to day life...doesn't help me much.  But the concept of limits has been awesome for understanding how to view perfection and growth in general.

If you're unfamiliar, a limit is a value that a function "approaches" - never to actually reach the value...which is why it's called the limit.

If you view your progression at anything as a limit approaching perfection, I guarantee you'll have a much better time in life.  For example, if you're trying to ship out a project for a client, it's often best to ship it out at 95% rather than 100%.  You might be thinking that this shortchanges the client's investment in you, but it's not true.  Shipping out at 95% allows you to ship something else out at 95% instead of spending that time on the last 5% of the initial deliverable.

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