Why do I track it?
Here’s the reality of my life: If I don’t pay attention I find myself in the weeds.
Or maybe on netflix or hulu tooling about as if I have no cares in the world, although inside I’m secretly panicking and am pretty sure I’m going to miss a bunch of deadlines and opportunities.
Neither state is particularly a desirable.
So how do I pay attention?
I write it down. I track it. I count it. I report on it.
It’s really pretty simple. If there is something in my life that is important and I want to make sure I’m doing it, I just write down if I’m doing it and suddenly, I’m doing it.
I know – seems rather simple and like there should be a bigger trick. But there isn’t. Track it and I do it.
It’s magical. It works.
What do I track?
This year I’m tracking a lot of things, because I have a lot of balls in the air and I want to make sure they stay there. This is what I’m tracking this year:
- studio time
- completion of art biz systems like blogging, writing newsletters, etc
- my health – calories in vs calories out, movement (am I walking? doing yoga? etc), etc
- how many books I’ve read
How do I track?
For my studio time I use a 2 page spread in my sketchbook for each month. Last year I had a dismal year in the studio racking up fewer than 350 hours. This year I’m aiming for 780 – which is 15 hours a week.
Last year I had months I never even bothered to create the 2 page spread. I’m not sure what happened but it wasn’t really much of a priority.
This year I am making that habit, the habit of creating my studio tracking spreadsheet on the first of the monthly, my #1 priority.
This simple act of hand drawing a page to be filled in as the month goes by is a powerful reminder to get to the studio and DO IT.
Again – it’s magic. I works.
I use a geeky spreadsheet to track the completion of my biz systems. I have to admit I love excel. Conditional formatting is fun stuff. Excel is my tool for tracking my money and budget also.
Fitbit is my go to tool for tracking my health. In addition to all they offer, you can create custom trackers.
And goodreads is the standard for tracking books I’ve read. I don’t often write reviews but it’s quick and easy to add in a book I’ve read. I’ve been using it for 4 or 5 years and find it works well. I love their yearly challenge – it helps me stay on track!
What do you track? How do you track it? How does tracking help you?
- What does “in the weeds” mean? I mean off track and overwhelmed in this context.
- My goodreads profile.
- My geeky goal tracking spreadsheet.
- More on tracking my time in my studio with my sketchbook.
PS – Enrollment is now open for my 2013 online workshops. There are 7 classes to choose from: Course catalog.