Keeping track of how many - books finished in a year, songs in my repertoire, National Parks visited - is something I've done for as long as I can recall. And throughout my life, I've resolved to stop doing so many times, although I haven't - mercifully - kept track how many times. My resolve rarely lasts long.
Although I've got a theory or two about the tenacity of this nettlesome habit, I'm curious to first hear your view. Those of you who do not share my tendency to keep track, what would you guess are some reasons that drive someone to do this? Those of you who do share my tendency, how closely have you examined what drives you to do so? What answers have come to you? More pertinently, anyone out there who once had this tendency and has managed to break free for an extended period? Your strategies?
As Act Three gallops forward, my tracking seems to be, if anything, accelerating. Were I to ever consider returning to therapy, this might be something worth exploring. But with the final curtain approaching, I think I'll forego a professional intervention and just stick with my meditation practice. Most of the time when I'm in that mindful space, the tracking dissipates. That is, as long as I avoid keeping track of how many times - in a given period - I've meditated. Oh boy.
A wise woman once said to me (I am paraphrasing): that which gets measured can change. I think tracking falls into that category. I say, if it helps and/or serves a purpose, no problem. If it doesn't, then maybe not so good. I am not a tracker per se, but I do pay attention to how I spend my time and if it is serving me. I don't think there is one answer to this. Do what works for you!ReplyDelete
Ines; Great perspective. I too recall that expression regarding metrics which I think stated "what gets measured, gets done." You bringing it back to my attention is helpful because I was feeling a little wistful writing this post. But thinking of my habit of "keeping track" in that way puts it in a positive light. Thanks for that.Delete
Good morning, Pat. At one time, probably more years ago than I'd like to think it is, I know I would keep track of various things ... Trips, outings, books read and/or movies seen, Albums collected, etc. But, and over the course of the last number of years, I have found that I do not keep a conscious count of most things, In fact, I tend to have difficulty recalling if I do try to track anything. Maybe that's not so good, but I'll look at it as less clutter for my mind ... I'm usually a 'glass half full' person - Or at least I try to be ... lol.ReplyDelete
Bob; Another hat trick day of comments for you; thanks for that. "Less clutter for the mind", huh? Yeah, we could all use a little of that.Delete
Pat, first, please stop talking about the final curtain. You will send your daughter (and me) right over the edge. Regarding tracking, I have picked up the habit from you and have to say that it is extremely helpful and gratifying! It helps me cut through all the noise and keep my goals top of mind. Also, I find that looking back on my history is very rewarding and helps me savor all that I've done. I really appreciate you tracking so many things that help me remember to appreciate our life together. I LOVE your tracking...please never stop.ReplyDelete
Kim; Thanks for the positive spin ("final curtain", aside). I'm pleased if my keeping track habits rubbing off on you has been "helpful and gratifying".Delete