Measure what matters, or don’t.
I’ve often heard the phrase measure what matters, especially with regards to business improvement and also self-improvement.
The idea is that if you track some type of data and statistics, you’ll almost automatically cause it to improve in the right direction toon because you are paying attention to it.
This is good, and it is correct.
But, often what matters can’t be measured.
How ‘good’ is your relationship with your significant other?
How pleased are you with your life? How much better could it be?
When does it make sense to commit suicide? Does it ever?
How many material things do you really need? I am reminded of the lyrics from an Eddie Vedder song ‘Society’:
There’s those thinking, more or less, less is more.
But if less is more, how you keeping score?
Means for every point you make, your level drops.
Kinda like you’re starting from the top.
You can’t do that
…or can you?