Headlines for Friday:

  1. Champorado is evil! (45 words)
  2. What gets measured gets managed (307 words)



1. Champorado is evil!: 12:25

I'm so glad I'm working from home today. I had champorado for breakfast and couldn't avoid sleeping until noon. I'll have to work late tonight to meet today's wordcount goal.

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2. What gets measured gets managed: 15:23

"What gets measured gets managed - and what gets managed gets done," goes a saying particularly popular among Human Resource professionals. Although I recognize that it's not universally applicable (how can you measure or manage love?), I love it when I can measure—and manage—and do.

For example, I set my goal for today at 2000 words, and ended up writing approximately 2100 words for the implementation section of my thesis. This is equivalent to around 7 double-spaced pages in my thesis. Not bad for a day's work, including a long sugar-crash-induced nap! I'm looking forward to writing even more on Monday. Maybe 2500 words?

I've recently taken up jogging as a way to increase my aerobic fitness. I like strapping on the heart-rate monitor and using it to help me stay within my target zone. It lets me know when I can push myself harder and when I can give myself permission to slow down. In life, it helps me balance my focus on urgent things and non-urgent but important things. Metrics are good.

I like being able to measure my progress. If you have measurable goals, then you know how much progress you've made, how much more you have to do—and by how much you've surpassed those goals, even. Good measurement also gives you more freedom in doing your work. If you can be measured and compensated on your outcomes, then you have a lot more flexibility in terms of your processes. That's why good measurement is important to me when it comes to work, and I ask about it as early as my interest interviews. Ideally, I would like to have a manager who can help me set goals, measure my output, motivate myself to achieve or surpass those goals, and celebrate when I finish.

Do you measure yourself? What do you measure and manage?


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