Midweek Nudge #53

“Everything that can be counted does not necessarily count; everything that counts cannot necessarily be counted.”

— Albert Einstein

Hi there!

Here’s your gentle nudge to make your week more interesting, thoughtful and productive. You can always talk to me more about these ideas by replying to this email.

To Track Or Not To Track

We can track everything today. The phone in our hand is a great journal in many ways. You can track your steps, workouts, days, water intake, calorie intake, sleep and a thousand other things. Often, this becomes a chore in itself, really. I experienced this first-hand for the past month.

I’m no stranger to tracking things. I mean, I track most of those things in the incomplete list in the last paragraph. In any case, a couple of months ago, I started tracking my water intake. I did it every day. Every day I’d log every beverage I’ve consumed. Every day, I’d hit the target. Until last week when I realised, “if I reach the target every day, what is the point of tracking this?”

That’s when I understood the futility of it all. I mean, on average, I get my 3000 ml of fluids (not to mention the fluids in the foods I eat), so even if I don’t on some days, I know that my current lifestyle and habits make sure I get enough fluids. Once I know this, the tracking becomes a chore, and the numbers become feel-good metrics.

That’s not why we measure things. We measure things to improve them. But, if something ain’t broke, you don’t fix it. In the same spirit, if you measure things in your life, it could be anything really and doesn’t have to be on your phone: you don’t have to measure it if you don’t want to increase or decrease it.

Instead, we can better focus that energy on things that really need your attention. Tracking feel-good metrics is a trendy way for organisations to procrastinate from important things. I reckon the same is true with people.

What’s On My Mind?

That being selective isn’t a bad thing, provided you know what you want. While the world continually tells a selective person to settle, they know inside they won’t settle for anything that doesn’t resonate enough. However, a word of caution is that there’s a fine line between being selective and being stubborn. I’m learning to differentiate the two as well.

I hope this added some value to your week. Stay safe, stay inspired, and I’ll talk to you next week.


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