Simplifying What I Track Each Day

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I used to track WAY too many things every day. Tracking as in keeping a record. Writing it down and watching the trends.

I wanted to maximize each day. I assumed tracking everything was the answer. Over time, the amount of things I tracked daily became ridiculous. I tracked everything:

  • Steps taken

I saved these, and more, in one spreadsheet or another. And in some cases the tracking helped. I found myself walking more and eating less. I was writing more and consuming less television. The tracking was helping. I even suggested that other people track things in their life. However, my enthusiasm didn’t last long.

The downsides of too much tracking

I quickly ran into a few issues with tracking my entire life:

  • It was spreading my attention too thin. I was not able to go deep on any one aspect of my life. I felt pressure to give them all some attention.

The benefits of tracking less

As with most things in life, less is more. I learned a few benefits after reducing what I track:

  • Tracking is a great way to build a habit. I now know what it takes to get 10,000 steps each day. The act of tracking it each day taught me what it takes. Walking is now built into my routine. Once a habit is formed, tracking is no longer needed.

About The Author

John MacAdam is a Professional Engineer and mobile app developer from Columbus, Ohio. He is currently writing about Living with less and Growing a side business. Join the private email list to be notified of new posts.

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Professional transportation engineer, web designer, and mobile app developer from Columbus, Ohio.

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