Do you make it a habit to reflect on your day, whether it was good or bad?

In this week’s video, our Director of Marketing Andrew Davis, gives us some insight on improving your life using analysis.

Many people tend to reflect on things when they go wrong and try to pinpoint the cause.  However, as Andrew explains below, it is equally important to evaluate why things when right and what caused them to be successful.  The more you actively analyze your successes, you’ll be able to spot trends and define the reasons they were successful.

Creating a habit of analyzing your daily successes and failures will help you discover what actions improve your productivity and which ones hurt it.

Let us know any trends you notice when you analyze your successes or failures in the comments below.



One thing to note is that another common trap people fall into when trying to analyze and optimize projects, a business or a lifestyle, is trying to get more and more reporting on what that actually means. John Lawson said it great here about the people that like to wear two watches at once – you’ll never be able to tell the time. Try to make it as simple as possible:

  • What am I analyzing?
  • Why am I analyzing it?
  • What do I like about it and why?
  • What do I not like about it and why?
  • What can I do differently moving forward?
  • Am I confident that my analysis is accurate?

 

Then create your step plan to implement your conclusions:

  • What is the step plan?
  • Why this step plan to achieve our conclusion?
  • Who is responsible for each step?
  • When do we expect this to be fully implemented?
  • When can we analyze this step plan?
  • Do we have the right behaviors to implement this plan?
  • Do we have the resources?

 

Things you can analyze:

  • Your relationships
  • Your emotions
  • Your actions
  • Your work behavior
  • Your body language
  • Your appearance
  • Your daily routines
  • Your diet
  • Your friends
  • Your lifestyle (inside and outside the house)
  • How clean you are
  • How helpful you are
  • Bad habits (drinking, smoking, anger, etc)
  • How good you are at certain skills (PPC, product procurement, negotiation, etc), character traits (persistence, patience, analysis), or habits (cleaning, sharing, giving)

 
Make a plan after you analyze for things you want to change and start taking baby steps towards those changes.

Here are a few other articles on analysis and habit changing:

– Free Yourself From Bad Habits (Bakadesuyo Article)

– Why doesn’t anyone pay attention? (Bakadesuyo Article)

– Business ICEism: A Man With Two Watches Never Knows The Time (ColderICE Media Video)

– What Happens When You Reveal Too Much. How To Rest More. How Do You Stay Motivated When People Screw You. (Q&A Blog Post with James Altucher)

– The cost of neutral (Seth Godin, Article)

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