“What gets measured gets done.” –Peter F. Drucker, management icon
This is true. I can tell you from experience. From following a training plan for a race to a “diet”, measuring tangibles tracks your progress.
I’ve gotten back to weighing myself on a daily basis since I’m back on the slow carb diet (from Timothy Ferriss’ 4 Hour Body) . I hadn’t done so in months and we all know how that worked out…
So far so good as I’m down almost six pounds for the week. Don’t worry I’m not starving myself, just choosing from different sources of food. And even have a bit of red wine every night!
Part of the issue is you get reminders of what you should be doing with the weigh-ins. Also knowing that if you cheat it will most likely show up the next day/week is usually motivation enough to stop you from doing it in the first place. Sometimes that’s all you need.
Studies show that you get better results if you write outcomes down, whether it’s a food journal or a running log. It keeps you accountable and it makes you proud when you hit certain milestones.
I’m not saying that you should just measure everything in life. You probably wouldn’t actually get much done that way. I’m just saying if you have some goals, getting something you can measure along the way will go a long way in determining your success!
How do you measure up? What do you measure?
When you’re done measuring, take a stroll through the forest instead of going to the gym if you want to “get away”. Trust me it will help your mental state.
This article from the Guardian shows that being in nature helps quite a bit, according to a study from Glasgow University.