Successful businesses gather and analyse their companies' performance data and adjust as needed. To achieve your goals, the Dumb Little Man blog recommends you track your own metrics and then regularly tweak your actions as needed based on that data.One of the reasons we might fail to achieve some of our goals is that we're not always as objective about our progress as we could be, or sometimes we're just stuck in a rut using the same approach that hasn't really led us anywhere. That's where the metrics come in. Having factual proofs of our progress (or lack of progress) can show us what adjustments need to be made.
It sounds very calculating and for stats-lovers only, but the examples Dumb Little Man gives shows that the approach can be applied to all sorts of situations (I'm not sure about the "improving intimate relationships" idea, though):
When you're working on your arm strength, write down the numbers of push-ups and pull-ups that you were able to do after every training session.
When you're learning a skill like tumbling or dancing, make sure to videotape your performance regularly, so you can evaluate your progress over time.
When running an online business, keep track of visitors, conversion rates, number of sales, monthly income, etc.
Once you're in the habit of tracking your data (set a reminder to review), it's time to tweak — taking a different path, if necessary, to finally reach your goals.
What tools or techniques do you use to make sure you reach your goals?
The Power of Tweaking [Dumb Little Man]
Photo ("Modern Warfare 2, Data Viz") by krooooop