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Detailed Analysis of My Current Time/Habit/Life Tracking

One of the things I've gotten tremendous amounts of mileage out of it is tracking my time, habits, and life each day.

To put it simply - I now realize it's impossible to understand how your life is going without some careful observation. There's a lot of time each day, and knowing where that time goes, what you ate, what you did and didn't do... it's almost impossible to get a good picture of your life without some kind of measuring.

I'm going to you my newest tracking template, and then I'll give some analysis. Before I start though, I'd like to share a quote -

“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

Thus, if you want to track your time, please do not attempt to track 20 things at once, because it's unlikely to work. I started very simply, as I described in "The Evolution of My Time/Habit/Life Tracking" - I'd recommend you read that post if you want to do something like this.

Breaking habits

On The Thoughtful Young Djedi from Bermuda

Life boils down to habits. We have good habits and we have bad habits.

I’ve learned that the process comes in three stages with three different levels. First is starting a habit. I rank beginning a new habit on the medium scale. It’s usually something you haven’t been doing before so there’s some initial difficulty in getting things going. Take for an example someone just starting out at the gym. There’s friction because she’s never done it before. But once she gets past the initial hurdle she can find a little groove.

The next stage is breaking a habit. This part is very easy to do. One little slip-up and you could be back to square one. Miss a gym day, eat a bowl of icecream and sleep 12 hours one night that’s it. Over and done with. I’m reminded of the Warren Buffet quote:

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