Measuring Progress

Fragments from imaginary dialogues

“How can I measure progress?”

“There are many metrics you can use. One of them is time.

Robert Greene makes a wonderful distinction between dead time and alive time. I find it a useful dichotomy. 

How much time are you killing every day?

You can use the two as a measuring – and contrasting – tool by thinking of them as a daily ratio (dead-time/alive-time ratio).

As concerns alive time, the Pareto Principle (80/20) is another useful dichotomy. A small number of things disproportionately contribute to your overall well-being and sense of Meaning.

How much time are you dedicating to your 20% every day?

You can use 80/20 as a measuring tool as well by turning it into a daily ratio (80-time/20-time ratio).”

“What about the time that is not in your control?”

“Turn all the time you can control, however little, into 20-time.

Turn all the time you can’t control into alive time.”

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About Dani Trusca

Life-Artist, Thinker, Mover (Traceur)

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