Why you need to track what you do
Do you track what you do? Have you ever set a goal, maybe a recent new year’s resolution and didn’t see results?
Take a moment to reflect on why this might be.
Several reasons come to mind such as:
– Having unrealistic goals – too hard, not enough time
– You lost motivation / weren’t consistent
– You didn’t measure anything
Measuring our goals is basically all three of those points in one.
Why you ask?
– Well, if you have unrealistic goals such as it being too hard or not enough time, you didn’t measure what your starting point was or measure how much time you had to achieve your goal
– If you lost motivation or weren’t consistent you didn’t track your sessions or your mood
These issues were all avoidable by tracking what you do!
Put simply, if we don’t track, we set ourselves up for failure.
Maybe you have a nutrition goal of losing x amount of weight, yet you don’t measure your calories or track your portion sizes or at least how many meals you’ve eaten in a day.
Maybe you have a goal of gaining muscle size and strength yet you don’t track metrics such as the amount of volume you complete for your muscle groups or the weights you used session to session.
Maybe you have a goal of improving your sleep quality but you haven’t tracked what time you fall asleep and wake up, how often you wake up or habits around bedtime such as how long you watch TV.
Without tracking we make our lives difficult. Now the human mind only has so much bandwidth if you will to fit things into our day. Tracking will add to the normal stresses that is why to be successful with tracking you must simplify it.
Simplifying the process of tracking your goal often comes down to making your goal achievable in bite sized chunks.
To get bit-sized chunks we need to determine what the goal is, what measures we can use within the goal and what road blocks / challenges we may face.
Now we have that in place you might use an app or make a template on excel to track your data depending on your goal.
If you are looking to track sleep you might download apps such as Sleep Cycle or if you want to improve your water intake you might utilise an app that gives you reminders and makes you input your water intake.
Without tracking we lose awareness of our immediate goals, our progress, aims and intentions and therefore our focus.
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