Tracking things can be complicated – I did a whole podcast episode on that.
However, I’m currently doing a good bit of tracking. Most of it is not going to be in any permanent record format — I don’t need or want it to. It’s the act of tracking I find that helps me even if the collections are somewhat transient (ie, may be discarded at year’s end).
Analog tracking in my planner(s):
Family health + hormonal cycles (in Hobonichi cousin annual pages)
Pages read (on the monthly pages of C&P disc bound that I use for longer term goals + lists that I don’t feel the need to make digital)
Daily habits (in my little metric box) – meditation, outside, reading, music, Duolingo
Minutes of screen time – I’m not as focused on this but right now I still write it on my daily page
Meals – no measuring or counting anything, just pure qualitative like “salmon sushi bowl” not some breakdown of macros and #s. (I know some people find this weird or over-the-top; personally I feel like this practice helps me to stay on top of protein intake and generally encourages more strategic choices that support my fitness pursuits and feeling good. I’m definitely not suggesting anyone else do this if they don’t want to!)
Media – something I started playing with a couple of months ago and really like. I am always surprised by just how much there is in this category over the course of a day! There is so much coming at us at all times – I wanted to give some consciousness to what I was choosing to watch/read/listen to/absorb. Kind of like with nutrition, I don’t have any specific goals, just that I like to be aware of my choices and have them be intentional.
Task completed – I mean, somewhat. I always create a daily list and either check them off or put a — through them if I decided not to do them or a migration symbol if I will push them forward, so this serves as a record of sorts
Time – I am loosely doing this in my Hobonichi right now just using the preprinted timeline.
Experiences – I am writing about one experience per day in my A6 experience notebook (well – I’ve just started this, we will see if I can keep it up!)
Paid Leave taken – on the yearly calendar page, to ensure I don’t run out of days before year’s end
Digitally tracked (via apps or documents):
Books read (via the blog! Though also now in the disc bound since I’m doing pages read there!)
Sleep, but I don’t think it’s very accurate (Apple Watch). I kind of want an Oura ring, but it’s another thing to manage and I’m not sure I REALLLLYYYY need any more data of any kind, really!
Spending in YNAB; net worth (only look at this quarterly) in Google Sheets
Various financial things (for tax purposes) in Excel and NannyPay
Workouts in Strava (with data from my Apple Watch); various health metrics via my watch/phone’s Health App
Workout details in Google Sheets (specifically for my running coach to provide feedback, this is just how they are set up)
RVU production (via EPIC, the electronic health record)
?? Not really much else (or much else that I know of – I’m SURE I’m being tracked by all kinds of tech companies and 3rd parties but I don’t get to peruse that data!)
When I read this it is a LOT (!). I don’t find it takes nearly as much time as one would think, however — I sort of just fill up my planner page throughout the day and take a couple of minutes to write down anything extra (ie the pages read, if a kid is sick, etc).
Do I always do this? NO. Sometimes I will go on vacation and go a few days without even cracking open a planner (I KNOW, THE HORROR) and nothing terrible happens. I am thankfully not THAT attached to tracking rituals. But on a ‘regular old day’ I find they help me and I enjoy doing them, so I do!
PS: There is definitely something in me that likes recording life. I mean duh, I’ve had a blog for nearly 20 years. Am I delusional, thinking that somehow I am defying mortality by ‘saving’ these snippets of life in various forms? I’m not sure, but there is definitely an innate appeal for me. And some others. But not everyone.
What are you tracking this year?
(I do encourage anyone to try media tracking for at least a few days. It’s kind of interesting!)