The Importance Of Numbers And The Role It Plays In Your Life3 Comments March 14, 2012 / Posted in Personal Development
There are numerous numbers in our life and some of them include:
- The number in your bank account
- Your age
- Your time spend on exercising
- Your time spend on working on your goals
- The score on your test paper
- The number of guest posts you wrote
- The number of cold calls you made
In fact, numbers are highly intertwined in our life and it appears in almost all areas of our life. If you are aware of this and make full use of this knowledge, you can create massive and positive results in your life. The problem is most people don’t pay too much attention to these numbers and they don’t know how much it will help them by simply being aware of these numbers.
Tracking The Number Game
Some people may find it a hassle but I make the effort to log down the amount of my time spent in important areas of my life. I do this because it is important for me to track my performance.
Going through the numbers at the end of every month means that I will be able to see how much time I spend on important areas of my life. This allows me to see whether I am putting in the effort and hours to get me the results that I want.
Seeing these numbers can be a scary thing because numbers don’t lie. When I first started logging my hours, I found out how little time I was spending in important areas of my life and how much time I was wasting.
Sometimes, I whine about the lack of results in certain areas of my life and why I fail to achieve my goals. But looking at those numbers (time spent on working on my goals, blogs etc) told me the exact reason why I failed.
When I failed to achieve my goals, the numbers throw a tight slap to my face to tell me that I am not putting in enough effort and hours to make things happen. If you want to create a successful blog and all you are putting in is 5 hours in a week, you bet nothing major will happen. Welcome to mediocrity.
Keep This 3 Things In Mind
There are 3 things that you need to keep in mind.
- Track your numbers.
- Numbers don’t lie.
- Increase the numbers.
1. Track Your Numbers
The first thing you need to do is to track your numbers. Simply doing this will help you to become more aware of what is going on in your life.
Example of numbers in your life you can track.
- Money in your bank account
- Time spent on working on your goals
- Number of sales call made
- Your daily cash flow
When you start track the numbers, you direct your focus into the areas of your life you want to work on. Whatever you focus on will expand and simply by focusing on tracking the numbers mean that you will spend more time and effort on things that you want to achieve. This leads to good things because your focus and effort is the fuel for your growth.
Tracking also gives you a way to measure your progress, which serves as an excellent way to motivate yourself. (read more about setting up your motivation toolbox)
2. Numbers Don’t Lie
Once you start tracking the number of hours you spend on doing something or the amount in your bank account, you start to be aware of whether you are doing something right or wrong.
If your bank account is depleted at every end of the month, you must have adopted a wrong philosophy of managing your money. If you have the right philosophy of handling your finance, the number in your bank account should be going up instead of going down.
If you don’t get any results from creating success from your blog, look back at the hours you spent last week working on your blog. Will you be able to say that you really dig deep and work really hard to make things happen? If you see you only spend 5 hours a week on your blog, then you will know exactly why your blog growth is stagnant.
Numbers don’t lie. They tell you the truth.
3. Increase The Numbers
If you want to change or get better results, start increasing the numbers.
If you want to make more sales, increase the number of customers you meet in a week or make more cold calls. The more customers you call will definitely lead to more sales for you.
If you want to explode your blog growth, wake up earlier in the morning and put in the extra 2 or 3 hours to work on your blog. Don’t complain about the lack of time. It is a matter of priority.
If you want to lose weight, increase the amount of time you spend on exercising. If you want to get stronger, increase the amount of the weight you are lifting.
If you want to increase the amount in your bank account, increase the number (amount of money) you will save every month.
What You Can Do Now
1. Identify The Areas Of Your Life You Want To Work On
Think about what is it that you want to improve in your life or are there any goals that you want to achieve? Are there any areas of your life you are unsatisfied in?
Find something that you want to work on or something that you already have been working on but have little results to show for it.
2. Set Up Your Tracking System
Once you identified the areas that you want to work on, go set up an excel sheet or you can download the one that I had set up below. The tracking sheet that I had set up is for tracking your time. You can make the necessary changes if you want.
3. Track For 30 Days
Continue tracking the numbers (the time you spend on your goals, exercising or your daily cashflow etc) for 30 days.
Don’t short change yourself. Commit for 30 days straight to gather the data so that you can see what you can work on to improve the results you are getting.
At the end of 30 days, go back and reflect upon your numbers. If you regularly failed to get the results that you want, see if you are spending enough time working on it and whether your effort justify for getting the results that you want.
If you’re not spending enough time, then try to increase the numbers. If you are only spending only 30 minutes or 1 hour a day on working on your blog or side business, increase it to 2 hours or even 3 per day. Have a goal of how much time you want to invest in your goals so that you will be able to see drastic improvement.
I logged my time spent working on my goals and it help me to improve the results that I am getting. Try logging the numbers in your life for 30 days and see what it can do for you.
Do you think this will be helpful for you? Drop me a comment below and let me know and I look forward to your reply.
P.S: Remember to download your free copy of free time tracking template and use it to log your time.