In the absence of writing, I have recently been trying to increase the amount of reading and studying I have been doing in order to broaden my perspectives. And while there are numerous things I could be writing about, there is one particular thing I read today that stuck out to me: meaningful metrics.
For those who have known me for some time, you know that I nerd out about productivity tools and am constantly looking for new ways to be more efficient and effective. However, one of the things that has repeatedly eluded me was to feel like I was making consistent progress and/or growth. This led me to iterate on my system time and time again as I kept looking for that magical X factor.
As of this point, I used an array of tools in order to keep my system in order:
I won't go into the details at this time, but it was a rather complex system that worked quite well when the machine was oiled and maintained. In the off chance that something would interrupt my flow or the system, it typically resulted in a massive decrease in productivity since I would need to put in a fair amount of effort to get back on track.
I have tried a number of ways to track my productivity:
However, none of these things ever measured up to what I needed in a system. And it wasn't until I was reading The Effective Engineer that I realized that my metrics were all wrong. Without proper metrics, it's no wonder that the feelings of ups and downs made my system incredibly fragile and susceptible to the slightest interruption.
So for now, I've established that I will need to find a path forward where I can track:
Still haven't figured out the logistics around these metrics, but it feels good knowing I'm starting to work towards the right path. See you on the other side!