When I sit down with business clients, we typically start by identifying the key performance indicators that will cover all of the core areas of their business. There might be a few KPIs to measure customer service, a few to measure production, a few to measure finance, a few to measure human resources, and a few to measure the supply chain. What would happen if we take the same approach to our lives? What would be the 4 or 5 key areas of your life? How could we measure indicatiors of how you are doing in those aspect?
It is something I have been thinking about for a couple of years, and the thought is growing.
There is a growing movement around the idea of a quantified self. It is a very broad category that includes everything from fitness trackers like FitBit and RunKeeper, health tracking devices like Withings, productivity tool RescueTime and many more. It also includes the neckbeards of the Quantified Self movement who strive to find correlations between the number of bananas that they eat in a week in relation to their overall happiness as determined by the sentiment analysis of their social media streams. (Ok, maybe no one is doing that one yet, but eventually someone will.)
What would it look like if we took the same approach to our lives that we do in our businesses? What would be the 3-5 core areas of my life? I imagine it would be something like: Health/Fitness, Relationships, Finances, Work, Recreation.
That is what the goal of “quantified self” is for me. Right now I have a hodge-podge set of tools that mostly focus on Fitness and Work with a little on Finances. How can I set goals in each of those areas so that I live the life I want to live? How can I track performance on those goals?
This is something I am passionate about and would like to work on one day.
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