Most people I talk to admittedly have bad memories, which leads me to think: people probably have the same conversations multiple times…that’s crazy... but I digress. Human memory is pretty inaccurate and given that reality is just an interpretation of our memories, then what we remember dictates what is real to us. We can easily delude our own thoughts into thinking things happened a certain way when they really did not.
To prevent myself from tricking myself, I began writing things down, and I began to notice an improvement in my memory. My friend Gabriel Stein once said, “I think I have good memory so I don’t write things down, but really I have good memory because I write things down”. Which is true for myself. So many things I write down I tend to remember, but I won’t remember the things I don’t write down.
But I think the merit in writing things down is more than just keeping reminders for ourselves. It ingrains the things we learn. You should carry a notebook to conferences and take notes on the speeches. Take notes when having a mastermind. Take notes on every interesting thought or idea you have (I do it via Google Keeptransfer all the important ones to Evernote, the rest I archive). It doesn’t matter if its messy or scrambled, what matters is that its recorded. One thing I’ve overlooked but is really important is to take notes on lessons you already know — insights that you’ve already learned. It might seem redundant but writing it out again grounds the insight deeper with each repetition. There’s a reason why your RAS picked up that certain phrase even though its nothing groundbreaking.
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2. I've been doing daily tracking almost everyday. Its the most important thing right now, even if I get nothing done I still have to exert all my willpower to fill out the daily tracking sheet.
A year and a half ago I was invited to sit at a workshop and be a guest expert at a conference. The event was Hardware Con, and because I had just been invited briefly before, and have never been a “guest expert”, I had no idea what to expect. So, because I had no idea what to expect, I didn’t think much of it until I got there. While sitting in the room 5 minutes before our workshop session started a small feeling of anxiety began to creep into me.
Thoughts popped up like: What kind of answers would I give that would even be helpful to these guys? Am I gonna tell them what camera to buy or what the difference between a grip and a gaffer? Would it benefit them for me to give feedback on the videos they’ve made?
Nothing out of the ordinary happened. They didn’t ask me questions that we’re related purely to the technical aspects of video production as I had initially worried about, but instead asked me to give feedback on some video ideas or to give feedback on their video strategy. This is all good and logical enough, but for some reason I felt like the advice I could in this domain wasn’t enough and wanted to give higher level advice, so I asked them about their overall marketing and what their funnel looked like. This was 2014, mind you, and internet marketing was still somewhat an obscure thing to learn, and because I was so interested in it at the time (still am) I felt like there was a lot I could give input on.
As so, when I transitioned the conversation to talking about internet marketing, things started to go south. People started getting uninterested and confused. One person even felt provoked by his skepticism and and asked, “Wait, what expert are you a field of again?"
"What gets measured, gets managed." - Peter Drucker
There is so much power in this quote. If you've never tracked yourself, you don't even know how much power there is in tracking. I couldn't even explain it adequately. You wouldn't believe me. You'd think I was exaggerating. The simple act of paying attention to something will cause you to make connections you never did before, and you'll improve the those areas - almost without any extra effort.
I'm not a believer in "free lunch" and I don't think the universe vibrates things to you just by thinking about them. But the closest thing to a free lunch getting vibrated to you by the universe is writing things down as they happen.
Before I go any further, I need to give you one piece of advice - start small and build up, so you don't overwhelm yourself. This is just being pragmatic. You want to scale up gradually, as I wrote up in "The Evolution of My Time/Habit/Life Tracking." You want to build small wins, lock them so they become automatic, and then expand.
I'd have a hard time convincing you of the power of tracking, so I'll just show you. I fill this out every single day.