In our last post, we introduced you to bright-line rules as a tool to combine discipline, motivation and habits. A bright-line rule refers to a clearly defined rule or standard. These rules make action steps precise and obvious, enabling you to measure you progress.
The things we measure are the things we improve. It is only through numbers and clear tracking that we have any idea if we are getting better or worse.
Someone walks into the gym, warms up, does a little bit of this exercise, does a little bit of that exercise, bounces around to a few machines, maybe hops on the treadmill, finishes their workout, and leaves the gym.
This isn’t a critique of their workout. In fact, it’s quite possible that they got a nice workout in. So, what is notable about this situation?
They didn’t measure anything. They didn’t track their workout. They didn’t count reps or weight or time or speed or any other metric. And so, they have no basis for knowing if they are making progress or not.
But here’s the thing: We all have areas of life that we say are important to us, but that we aren’t measuring. The trick is to realize that counting, measuring, and tracking is not about the result – it’s about the system, not the goal. And it doesn’t have to be complicated or time-consuming. Measure from a place of curiosity – to discover, to find out, to understand. Measure from a place of self-awareness – to get to know yourself better. Measure to see if you are showing up – to see if you’re actually spending time on the things that are important to you.
Our lives are shaped by how we choose to spend our time and energy each day. Measuring can help us spend that time in better ways, more consistently.