Writing every day for 365 days, I’ve learned to track my behaviors.
I wrote daily for one year, about 500 single entries in my journal. I wrote: drafts, ideas, observations, transcriptions of voice notes and meetings, conversations, questions, fears, dreams, emotions, feelings, plans, desires, pains, nightmares, ecstatic moments.
I wrote for more than 250 hours. Despite my rejection for tidy aligned numbers in infinite columns, I tracked every writing piece as a diligent life accountant: the word count, the time needed to write them, my mood, and a short overall comment.
I have produced such a rich set of data like I have never had before. Only Google knows more than me about the frustration, the effort, the demotivation, the doubts, and the pain of writing every day.
I have tracked a good part of it. I now have data shedding light on my behaviors, weaknesses but also points of strength.
Most of all, I’ve learned to recognize patterns: those patterns leading to destructive behaviors and poor outcomes, and those patterns leading to what I intend to achieve and to what I want to create.
If you don’t measure it, you cannot learn from it effectively, and you cannot improve your self-leadership.
Measure your behaviors to steer towards your positive, incremental, compounded growth.
This is Essay 21 of 30 in the my challenge One Year Writing: 30 Lessons Learned in 30 Days
- The Journey is the Purpose (16 Nov 2020)
- Writing is Thinking (17 Nov 2020)
- Write a Lot to Write Well (18 Nov 2020)
- Creative Loneliness (19 Nov 2020)
- Be Less Ambitious, Be More Consistent (20 Nov 2020)
- Writing builds your networks (21 Nov 2020)
- Connect ideas now (22 Nov 2020)
- Writing improves your memory (23 Nov 2020)
- Writing makes you a better observer (24 Nov 2020)
- Writing sets the focus on yourself (25 Nov 2020)
- Dissolve your distractions (26 Nov 2020)
- Writing reduces your jargon and slang (27 Nov 2020)
- Walking generates ideas (28 Nov 2020)
- Writing is like drinking coffee (29 Nov 2020)
- Creativity makes you happy (30 Nov 2020)
- Be smart, let it go (1 Dec 2020)
- Writing is a process (2 Dec 2020)
- Automate repetitive tasks (3 Dec 2020)
- Publish text as digital text, not images (4 Dec 2020)
- Why asking questions? (5 Dec 2020)
- Facilitate growth by tracking habits (6 Dec 2020)
- Type more, type faster, type better (7 Dec 2020)
- Transcribe your thoughts to become an effective communicator (8 Dec 2020)
- Write daily to become a better manager (9 Dec 2020)
- Do it small to do it better (10 Dec 2020)
- Don’t lose your mind. Back it up (11 Dec 2020)
- Write daily to enhance your reality (12 Dec 2020)
- If only I could be ten, again (13 Dec 2020)
- Writing compounds despite everything (14 Dec 2020)
- The habit of building habits (15 Dec 2020)