That Which Gets Measured Gets Better - Using KPI's in Life
That Which Gets Measured Gets Better - Using KPI's in life
As a business leader, I love using KPI’s. If you are not familiar with this term, it means Key Performance Indicator. It’s a simple measure to gauge how something is doing in your business. It helps you see if you are on track for your goals. Well, I also use KPI’s in my life.
I love tracking. What you track gets better and gets done. I track everything from my fitness to my meditation.
So how can you use KPI’s in life?
First, keep it simple. Think of a dashboard on a plane with ten million buttons and gauges (well maybe there aren’t ten million, but there are a lot). There is no way you can keep track of all of that. Now think of the dashboard of your car. You’ve got an indicator for speed, gas, how hot your car is. It’s measuring what’s most important and that is a manageable amount to look at.
So, what is most important in your life?
You see how quickly the list can grow. Pick 3 things that are most important to you. Now what is one thing that you can do in each of these areas that you can track?
You can track how often you went for a run or how long you ran or how far you ran.
You can track if you went on a date each week with your spouse.
You can track if you meditate each day.
There is no wrong way to do it. What do you want to get better at? What do you want to put intention into?
Once you have figured out what you want to track, you need to figure out how you are going to do it.
For years, I have simply used my daily journal to track my life KPI’s. Each day, I check in and shade it green if I did it and red if I didn’t. I track certain fitness exercises and note how many reps I can do or how long I can go. You can track KPI’s daily, weekly, monthly or even yearly.
If you prefer tech over paper, there are some great apps to help you track habits.
Now be careful. You can track everything from your sleep to your steps to how fast you drive your car. I don’t want you to be so busy tracking that you forget to live your life. Perhaps choose a specific period of time that you will focus on certain things. What I track has changed over the years. Some things stay the same as they continue to be a foundation for me that I don’t want to miss.
What I know to be true is that we need to be focused on what matters most to us. It only takes a few minutes a day to ground ourselves with our goals, what makes us happy and what makes us healthy.