Tracking Progress and Another Similar Art Form

Dear Blog,

Last week I talked about tracking progress. Today, I wanted to talk about a similar art form: writing it down.

Here’s a question for you… do you remember what you did a week ago? Do you remember if you completed your desired tasks for the week? Maybe there were a couple days in there that you missed. But now that a week has gone by, do you remember *which* days you missed?

I reject that losing memory is an age thing. It’s just something I need to work on. We’re taught to believe that we lose our memory with age. Our joints get stiffer and start to protest when we try to get out of chairs. We’re just not as energetic or as limber. We soak up all those beliefs and start to believe them for ourselves. We start to let ourselves go because what’s the point anyway?

The thing is, while we’re battling this issue, it’s making other areas of our lives difficult. Like truly knowing if we’re being productive.

If you don’t write it down, did it really happen? Hmm.

But tracking our progress and actually putting that X on the day we completed each task can get old (*cough*). Especially if we’re hand-drawing our bullet journal for each week. You get to the end of what you’ve designed and then you start to slack off on tracking because now you have to draw out another week before you can track again.

I’ve been doing pretty well with completing my desired tasks for the last week. I did actually check off most of the items for the entire week. That’s great!

But now I have to draw out the matrix for this week. It’s Monday and I haven’t done it yet. I’ll need to set aside some time to do it. If I don’t, I’ll end up forgetting what I completed for the entire week. Well, I’ll have a rough idea. But knowledge with certainty? Probably not (because my brain still believes in the lies).

Anyway, so the important thing is, even if we don’t want to do it, or even if it’s not convenient, we still need to actively track our progress. If we don’t, we won’t have a clear picture of just how productive we actually are (or aren’t).

Until next time…

Jody Calkins
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