I thought a lot this past weekend about how I am going to track the several ideas I have regarding my journey to Awesome. As I mentioned in a previous post, I want to be able to break down several character traits I wish to master, and be able to track them over a period of self-improvement.
While I haven’t totally figured out the details of my tracking system, I do want to set some ground rules so things can’t get out of hand.
Self-Improvement Ground Rules
Keep it Easy. I want to ensure that everything can fit on one spreadsheet, and it will take no more than ten minutes a day to update.
Track Progress. It should be able to be graphed. Everything can be quantified.
Reward Successes. If I meet a long-term goal, I will reward myself somehow.
Don’t Worry About Failures. Failures are lessons.
Life is Meant to Be Enjoyed. The paradox of self-improvement is that one can be down oneself while improving, that is to say, why are we improving if we are already happy? I am already happy in my life, this is meant to push the boundary. I want to enjoy life while improving it.
Now, onto the master list. Note that I will be adding and taking away from this list, but for now, I will be tracking each and every one of these:
The Master List of Self-Improvement
- Don’t Drink as Much at Bars
- Stay Within a Budget for Lunches and Dinners
- Say No at Work and at Home
- Don’t Brag
- Ask Questions More Than I Answer Them
- Don’t Tell Stories When People Don’t Ask
- Wake Up Earlier to Enjoy the Day Before Work
- Drink More Tea
- Drink More Water
- Keep To-Do Lists
- Have an Organized House
- Track Progress of Goals
- Don’t Eat Take-Out
- Get a Regular Checkup
- Don’t Track Fitness – Just Be Fit
- Make, and Keep, an Effective Budget
- Buy a House
- Have a Hobby
- Create Zen Habits
- Read Classics
- Decrease Facebook/Email Noise
- Drink Less; Smoke More Weed
- Be a Better Boyfriend
- Make an Effort to Know My Family
- Keep in Constant Contact with Good Friends
- Enjoy Sex
- Learn Style
- Have a Hook
- Care About Work Clothes
- Stay Clean
- Integrate Outdoors in My Life
- Engage in More DIY Projects
- Have a Mentor, in More than One Area
- Be a Mentor
- Be Involved in the Community
- Engage in Politics that Matter
- Build Revenue from a Business I Start
- Grow My Blog; Engage and Connect Readers
- Reward Myself When Completing Tasks and Milestones
Some Other Thoughts
I’ve been thinking about tracking a lot, and I’ve got a system underway that will be both transparent and public. I want everyone to see what I’m doing, and I want to be accountable for what I’m doing. I think I may browse a few self-help books at Chapters to see what some prominent authors have done in the past (see, the mentor thing is starting already!). Anyway, stay tuned, and enjoy the week readers.