To track, or not to keep track – That’s the real question.

To track, or not to keep track – That’s the real question.

Everywhere you look, people are scuttling about this New Year(2020) and how to approach it in the best way possible. Buzzwords are being thrown left-right-&-center, in hopes to grab someone’s attention. Everyone would like a little quick fix to their scenario and dream.

I am amazed at how much content is circulating in relation to Do’s and Don’t’s on certain approaches and habits to adopt for success within this year, 2020. Flashiness everywhere, with every new person with an absolute method for marvelous results seemingly with little to no effort.
Surprise Sweety, anything worthwhile needs a bit of work.

However, why this urge to track, plan, check, change and all that fluff? Perhaps a sense of motivational observation? A means to provide proof regarding progress from when you started. An encouragement to keep going. Perhaps to be reminded not to forget. Gorgeous Organizers and planning journals together with funky Diaries. My personal favourite eye candy being Bullet Journals.

I had been fascinated looking at @Eet.bid.leef and @AmandaRachlee ‘s Bullet Journals and beautiful planning strategies and craft. Totally love what they’re doing. Yet personally, that particular system will not be able to keep up with me and how I work. The amount of things that need doing within a limited amount of time, spread across thin multi layered requirements of interlocking prioritized activities; tend to be difficult to untwine for better understanding and management of them.

Other things a tracking system could successfully do is try and keep you accountable (maybe a weekly reflection and guidance to ensure you’re doing your daily reports for effective feedback); as well as remind you of certain somethings to allow adjustments of flow within your day to get the specifics done as needed.

Have you not had days where you weren’t in control and jumped a day or two/ perhaps a week or even months without tracking?

With time flying as it is, it’s no wonder we try to squeeze as much controllable elements into our day to act as reinforced self-fulfillment and accomplishment hoping to influence our progress. False hope towards happiness, yet we only end up adding to the clutter and stress.

Tracking could be amazing should you have competitive attitudes like an “Always try to do better ” and ” Can Do!” perspective. Tweaking the old into something new that works after having a good look into your previous successes and failures. To repeat the particular process until you achieve the set desired results, without ever losing sight of the essence as to WHY.

  • xxx Content topics to raise use accounts and page views.
  • How to make money with this or that/ online.
  • Parrot information – copy pasting from other resources. Nothing original.
  • Share particular information only what the audience wants to see and hear, not what they need to listen to and think about.
  • xxx Amount of phone calls made compared to the xxx amount of effective meetings set in relation to xxx amount of deals closed during the month.
  • plenty more…

As you can note, there’s tracking in Sales – my direct interest at this point in time. Most sales men see the tracking of targets and activity based communication to close deals, as a method of micro managing the individual. They also take into account the statistic of met targets as the bare minimum achievement required, instead of utilizing the framework to its fullest potential towards which the benchmark could easily and constantly be exceeded and improved.

To sit down and take the time to really think about this and identify where things worked and turned our great with profitable outcomes in the past; in relation to areas requiring more attention and investigation for some new application; is not always easy to do. People find it difficult to adapt to change. Seldom, some may want to but not knowing how to.

Then there’s the question of which platform to use for best results, be it online, mobile, journal by hand, diaries or even the combinations of them all. Each with their own reminder to jot down the statistics dutifully for an accurate feedback loop. This maintenance within your system ( the ‘admin’) is the backbone for success. Should you be a sloth – without any effort on your part towards self discipline and dedication – you’ll feel as if everything fails you no matter which system you attempt. Inaccuracy is the easiest way to the slumps.

Personally, I’m trying one too many as an attempt to keep up to speed with checking in on everything I’d like to and need to get done. So far, it’s key to note an end goal (What needs achieving?), an estimated time frame by when it should be done/ completed and then the micro scale To-Do’s to understand the requirements needed for completion in more clarity. Funny, this way you can also keep yourself busy when you find yourself bored, or with extra time by referring to the To Do list, and doing something about at least one dot. You can scratch it out for a satisfactory sensation of accomplishment when done.

I’ve learnt within my development process, that having preconceived expectations often lead to disappointment. Have your direction. Know what would need doing and head into it with Flow.

We cannot control what life throws at us other than the way we respond to each interaction. We need to stop relying on quick fixes and distractions presenting illusive success as a number statistic.

Having a goal is one thing – the allocated time slot to accomplish it is the other. (Could be a day, few minutes, perhaps a week or even years.) You can be more productive within the same amount of time should you put your mind to it.

Then there’s also the question about what if you put your own benchmark too high? That you are now unable to keep up with your own proposed expected metrics and juggle the lemons Life throws at you simultaneously…

A complex topic I’ll definitely return to, as I need a tracking system to keep up with my diversified, fast paced selling environment within the building industry. Together with my personal goals and sense of growth.

For my remaining thoughts I’d say tracking is good, with the allowance of whirlwinds and time slots to give-&-take-&-swap about to achieve the set goal. Know that we are human and circumstances change in a day, in the most unexpected manner at times. It’s about knowing how to be adjustable and accommodating towards your growth and development towards personal and professional successes. And about how far you are willing to go to achieve it.

Self-discipline and motivation are thus the key buzzwords insinuating that there are no quick fixes, but hard word and dedication.

Develop a tracking system and rhythm that’s fun to follow and able to keep up with YOU. Not the other way around for you to keep up with it. It’s OK to have bad days as long as you attempt to keep smiling and staying optimistic, performing at least the bare minimum on the required days no matter your emotional and mental state (mood).

Do not let the target limit you to what you’re truly capable of reaching. Challenge yourself to be the best you can be at that moment. It’s time you’ll never win back. Make it well spent.

To track or not to track, depends… Don’t you agree?

RJ

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