Almost in my 30s, I wonder if I have really trodden on the path I thought my younger self should have.
Am I where I should be heading?
I agree that it would be challenging to manage what you don’t measure.
But how do we measure ourselves if we want to be successful in life?
We must first define what we mean by success because isn’t it person-specific?
Talking with a colleague about the things we would have wanted in life and how things are turning out for us at present because of the choices we made over time made me think about how small decisions eventually pile up. If you get sidetracked by the things that are easy to do but don’t necessarily help you get to where you want to be are simply distractions.
How do you manage the activities you engage in at the moment that keep you from becoming the person you want to be?
Measure the tasks you engage in. Use project management tools (my go-to tool is Notion) to track your progress. Because seeing what you’ve done (or haven’t done) helps you adjust or change your activities to meet your goals.
You can also measure your progress in life with the intangibles, meaning not by the money you have with you or in your bank but by the depth of the relationships you’ve built.
Is this the place you really want to be?
And if the things you do now don’t line up with your goals, give it up and focus on the things that matter.
You can’t manage what you don’t measure.