That which is tracked grows (or shrinks).
It’s proven time and time again. If you want to build something up, keep track of it.
- If you want to make more money, track your finances.
- If you want to improve your attitude, track how grateful you are.
- If you want to be more fit, track how much exercise you do.
And of course, if you want to lose weight, track what you eat.
In order to change, you first must know your baseline. Otherwise, how will you know if you’re improving or not?
In other words, whatever you track, do it as a “fact finding” mission and NOT as a means of beating yourself up for your errors.
Should you be inclined to say, “it takes too much time,” you’re constructing a false choice.
You’re comparing the time it takes to track against the time it takes to not track.
More accurately, the comparison needs to be the time it takes to track versus the time you spend feeling bad all day about feeling out of control.
Once you look at it that way, you’ll find the time.