Measuring Personal Success Using Numbers
Today I was thinking about some of the accomplishments that I have made this year and I was kind of proud.
I’m never totally satisfied with anything I do because I always feel like I can do more or dream bigger, but today I was thinking about how I’ve been smashing out New Year’s resolutions like a boss.
Just when I became excited and started feeling myself, I began wondering how many days have passed in this year so far. I was staggered to learn that Wednesday, April 10, 2019 will be the 100th day of this year.
One hundred days of 2019 nearly gone, leaving me with only 265 days to do all the things I said I would do this year!
Moments earlier I was proud of the fourteen articles I have written this year, but now I am actually upset about it. If I were in school and I had a test with 100 questions and I only got 14 correct, my grade would be 14% which is basically an “F”.
I started doing numeric calculations on all the goals I have achieved this year and found that none of my achievements (besides one) gave me statistically significant results.
I was a bit tee’d off with myself, but decided I wouldn’t dwell on it, but rather come up with a new solution. That solution? From now on I will measure my goals each day/week/month with a grade.
Since my biggest personal goal this year is to earn more readership in order to help more people with this website, I decided that writing one article a day would give me a grade of an “A-”. Working on content for social media for this website along with posting a new article would give me a grade of an “A+”..
I also decided to grade myself on other goals and end each month with a “progress report” or a “report card” like in school. The only difference is I’m grading myself on my goals, not how well I know my time tables (you could totally do that if relearning your time tables is a personal goal of yours. God knows I could use a refresher course!).
I decided to share this system with you to help you rock out the next 265 days of this year. You don’t have to be as extreme as me by measuring your daily success, but understand that each day counts.
What you could do personally is purchase a planner or a calendar (like I suggested in THIS article) and everyday take a note of what you did to reach a personal goal. Then at the end of the month you could count up those successes or failures and give yourself a grade. Click THIS link which is a grading scale that calculates scores.
For example, If your goal is losing weight and you exercised 20 days out of 31 in a month, your score in the category of “Exercise” is 65% which is a “D”.
This number isn’t created to depress you, but rather help you stay focused on your goals. That 65% will motivate you to rise to a 75/C the next month and a 85/B the month after that.
This system gives you accountability for your actions (or lack there of) and also let’s you know why something is or isn’t working. For example, my website analytic shows that in 2019, January was the month I had the most readership.
I can look back at my notes from my planner and see that in January I was most consistent with article updates and social media promotion. Also, my topics in that month were about things people cared about and needed help with, such as weight loss and concert reviews (concert reviews help you determine where to spend your money) .
Because I’ve taken the time to review my work ethic through numbers, I am well aware of what I need to do to accomplish my goals.
Take the time to type out to create and an Excel spread sheet, or simply write the activities you need to measure to achieve a goal and at the end every month and ‘grade’ yourself. You will be surprised at the end of each month about what you have accomplished. Even if you had a bad month you will be inspired to stay on task a bit more when you look at your score.
Let’s not wait until 2020 to have a great year, use these next 265 day to completely change your life through hard work and dedication. By using numbers to measure your personal success, you will be an accomplished individual in no time
Click the LINK to learn more about using a planner to accomplish your 2019 goals.