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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.

About this Blog

On Healthier Living, Cheap

At the beginning of this summer(June 2013), I moved halfway across the country for an internship. Most people say college is the first time you really get a taste of living on your own, but I ended up going to a school about 20 minutes from home, so for me, moving for my internship has been my first time really experiencing being out on my own. It was much more of a lifestyle change than moving to college. I would now be earning money(I had never had a job before), and I was able to experience what it is like to have a steady four-figure paycheck coming in every two weeks.

I'm not really sure how my income compares to that of a typical intern, but I had resolved early on not to go splurging all of my newly-acquired money. I wanted to save most of my income, so that I could spend it once I went back to school(and once I would no longer have a steady income). Privy to my motive, my parents graciously offered to pay for my groceries($50 a week), as well as help cover my expenses as I first settled in(airfare, first month's rent, and enrollment fee for a gym, which came out to just under 1k).

Saving money was just one of several goals I set when I first got started. Most of my goals were tied to the lifestyle changes I went through. Aside from a consistent income, the next most prominent change was that I was now completely in control of my own food consumption(my college has dining halls). I would be grocery shopping and preparing all of my meals. I set a goal accordingly: I would eat healthier. I will probably do a post later on about the specifics of my diet, but for now, note my use of the word healthier. Not healthy, but healthier. I still drink beer, I still order a pizza on the occassional Friday night that I don't feel like cooking, but for the most part, I try to keep it healthy.

On the subject of the title, I believe that healthier living is not just about how you eat, but also about physical activity. I am on a varisty athletic team at school(Division III), and so I was given a summer training regimen to follow. Thus, most of the posts on this blog will be about healthier eating, working out, saving money, or a combination of these things.

Cheers,

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