I have read in countless books and blog posts that you can’t change what you don’t measure. This is especially true in fitness and weight loss but also the workplace. Measuring things holds people accountable can backup actions with data to show what worked and what didn’t. This is true of individuals as well, and why I am trying something new this year. I am working off the Derek Sivers /Now movement (his Now page) and creating a public way of holding myself accountable and tracking things a little better.
It seems others agree with this method and there is now a growing number of people participating on the http://nownownow.com/ site.
I have created my own now site, which is a way of helping me prioritize – Eric Friedman Now
I have also outlined a set of 2016 goals, some public and some private that I am going to hold myself accountable to. The added pressure this year is that I have shared the private goals with a set of close friends so that I am held accountable as well.
Accountability is important to me with teams and direct reports, and therefore I should hold myself to the same standard. I have reviewed some of the best ways to track these things and I think putting them out publicly is a good way to do it. I have also started using the Strides app, and making small tasks that I can check off each day and each week. This builds momentum as you are less likely to break a chain once it is started. I once read somewhere it takes a few weeks to start a habit for adults, and not a long time of missing them to fall off. I hope that putting this out there helps me and I can refer back to see how I did.
So in summary I am doing 4 things to track goals and measure;
- Strides for daily/weekly things for habits
- Goodreads for books
- Public Now page
- Private group for 2016 goals
Looking forward to a great 2016 and reporting back to see if this works.