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The value of measuring

I was recently reminded of a simple “formula” to a good, healthy life. That is, eat; sleep and move.   Dr Michael Mol, a brilliant speaker, shared at the Chambers AGM on Thursday afternoon.

The first 2 areas (eat and sleep were dealt with quickly, and he chose to focus on the third for the bulk of his talk….move.

Move is the area of exercise. He pointed out the huge value of exercise in so many ways, and said find something that works for you.

For me that has been walking

As part of my goal to stay fit, I completed my daily goal of walking at least 10 000steps or at least 8 km’s a day. I have a super accessory to help measure this and keep on track. (A Fitbit alta)

It measures the steps you take; the distance covered; calories used; flights of steps taken and even the amount of hours I have slept.

All of this is linked to the Discovery website and I am rewarded for consistency. (A brilliant strategy of self- management by Discovery)

You might ask, “So?”

Well, the theme of today’s email is around the value of measurement. Successful people, and successful entrepreneurs have applied this secret in their lives and work consistently.

Here are three management axioms that bear repeating……and applying!

Measure what’s important

I have seen those people successful in life and in business are constantly measuring. But not everything; they have carefully selected what they believe to be important. Then they focus on this with laser like abandon. (For me, the other information I receive through the Fitbit is helpful; but that which I focus on is steps and distance. Simply because I know that by doing this every day, I will maintain a certain level of fitness and purpose)

What’s important to you? Are you measuring it?

If you can’t measure you can’t manage it

I am involved in an exciting project to help incubate a certain amount of businesses. It is a privilege and a challenge; yet one of the non- negotiable that must be incorporated is demonstrating that these businesses have actually started. This means they must be properly registered, be tax compliant and have traction.  What important factor are you perhaps not measuring (in your life, career or business?)

If you can’t measure it, you can’t improve it.

I started measuring my steps since the 1st February 2015. Initially, I was just making the 10 000 step mark. In March and April of 2015, however, I have improved my average steps by 10-20%.

Incidentally, I have walked over 8000 km’s since then! That’s  8,046 lifetime kilometres, I’ve walked- the entire length of Africa!

As Zig Ziglar says, “you don’t have to be great to start, but you have to start to be great!”

The purpose of your measuring is to take steps (over time) to improve what you are doing.

Imagine what would happen if you had a 10-20% improvement in what you measured? (Think about examples of time taken to respond to client queries; or number of chapters completed in your “book”; or number of sales calls made by the team)

Let me finish off with this quote:-       Measurement is like laundry; it piles up the longer you wait to do it!

What measure are you absolutely going to require of yourself………this week?

“The unexamined life is not worth living”   Socrates

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