To understand how you are progressing, you must have immediate feedback. The way to get instant feedback is to have a dashboard that you check every day.
In the book Getting to Plan B, John Mullins and Randy Komisar challenge the reader to create a dashboard for specific elements of the business. Your dashboard helps you keep your goals, and current status, front-and-center. Keeping a journal (a summary/dashboard of sorts) of your food can help you lose twice as much weight than if you don’t. In the same way, curating and focusing on what is important to you will increase your impact.
With a personal dashboard you will:
- Focus on those things that are most important to you. You will quickly become tired of tracking things you don’t care for.
- Be challenged to do better in those items that continue to survive on your dashboard. You are now competing against your performance yesterday, not against anyone else.
- Be encouraged by the improvement over time. We don’t always see our incremental progress. Our dashboard helps us see that we are moving forward.
My personal dashboard has three items on it right now:
- Calories (or eating points) per day.
- Exercise points
- Blog posts successfully sent out compared to the number of days.
These three items are the most important to me right now. They are worth tracking and improving on. I am sure that I will add more items, but only after they prove themselves to be significant enough to monitor.
Immediate feedback is your key progressing forward. In order to have this quick feedback on a consistent basis, you would create a dashboard that lets you know exactly where you stand on your selected items.