what gets measured, gets managed

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it's been said...

It’s been said, “What gets measured, gets managed.”

I’ve spent much of the day reflecting on the past year and all that’s been accomplished (yay!) while thinking about the upcoming year and all that I want to achieve.

Such reflections typically lead to New Year’s resolutions, most of which tend to be dreams and hopes more than actual goals. What’s the difference between a dream or hope and an actual goal? You guessed it: It’s what you’re willing to measure. Until we're willing to give something a number—something that can be counted—we shouldn’t really plan on progress. What gets counted can be measured, and what gets measured can be managed.

So this year, everything gets a number. Here are a few examples…

NUMBERS FOR 2018

150 - Prayer and Meditation - This goal is purposefully at the top of my list. In order to be a good husband, father, friend, pastor, business owner, and leader, I have to feel connected, inspired, and at peace. These are the very things that come from intentional time spent in prayer and meditation. My goal is to do this for 30-90 minutes, three times a week, throughout 50 out of the 52 weeks. Doing more will only land me that much further ahead.

052 - Date Nights - 2017 was very productive and successful, but not in every area. One thing I did not do as well as I would have liked to is dating my wife, Amy. I could come up with a lot of excuses, blaming it on a new business or maybe even the kids. But the truth of the matter is that we never set a goal in this area for 2017 and therefore we never knew if we were on or off track.

208 - Workouts - My goal for 2018 in regards to self-care / fitness is 4 times a week. This means that I need to average 4 out of 7 days a week, which allows room for missing a day and for a little bit of flexibility in what I do. For example, if I walk 9 holes of golf and swing the club 70-100 times, that will be considered a workout.

700 - Good Meals - I am shooting for two out of three when it comes to nutrition-filled, life-giving meals daily in 2018. This means I can do Bulletproof coffee and remain in a state of intermittent fasting for breakfast before having a Standard Process SP Complete Shake for lunch. Doing so gives me room to enjoy a balanced dinner, which might include a glass of wine (like this one) and/or a small dessert.

300 - Meetings With Myself - As I mentioned, counting is very important in achieving our goals. When it comes to counting, I have found that it’s best accomplished in small bites, keeping track of how we’re doing and where we're at day by day and week by week. If you’ve been following my blog, you know that I believe in Planning Tomorrow Today. This gives me the best chance of being productive and accomplishing my goals as I put everything on a timeline for the following day, laying them out in order of importance. I wrote a little more about this here.

I have other important numbers that, for the sake of space, I will mention but not elaborate on:

300 - Strategic Meetings with my key leaders of my varying organizations. 050 - Books, Audio Books, or Podcasts read or listened to weekly. When overran or overbooked, a podcast will have to do. 060 - Family Nights spent making a meal together, staying at home with our devices in another room, or watching a movie or show together with ping pong or cards in-between or afterward. 036 - Dad Dates with each of my three children once a month, just the two of us. This will allow me to grow and build my relationship with them one-on-one and lean into their strengths as a person (Something I am really excited about!).

here's the magic

The magic is in the measuring. Remember, if you can’t measure it (the goal) then you cannot manage it. Meaning, if you’re not counting and keeping track then you’ll never know how you’re doing and whether or not you’re progressing in the goals / life you’ve aspired to. 

After looking at tons of planners to use when Planning Tomorrow Today, I have decided to use The Productivity Planner by Intelligent Change. Follow the link to look inside and see why I chose this planner in light of my goals. The Productivity Planner will allow me to measure where I'm at on a daily, weekly, and quarterly basis. Michael Hyatt's Full Focus Planner was a close 2nd for me.

For me, the challenge is in not giving up if I get behind. I tend to be an "all or nothing” kind of guy, which is secret code for “performance driven." In the past, I have stopped pursuing certain disciplines when feeling as if I had already ruined a great or even perfect track record. Hopefully not this year! I have to remind myself that the goal is not perfection, it’s progress. And progress is a word we use to MEASURE where we are in light of where we’ve been and where we want to go.

This means that I can be successful this year, even if I only do 25% of what I’m aspiring to do—as long as I can actually differentiate between what is 25%, 55%, or 95% of what’s been aspired to. This is good news, my friends!

Happy New Year!