Metrics- a method of measuring something, or the results obtained from this
What is the purpose behind a metric?
Having a quantifiable measurement stimulates growth. When a metric is placed on an activity in whatever your skill may be, it will keep you well-informed about your progress. How would Usain Bolt know he is the fastest if he’s not timing his races? Measuring progress tells you about the past and future, and whether you’re on the right path or not. Collection of data will help you always be aware of when you reach your target.
By keeping a simple target, you’ll drive performance and continue to evolve.
What are a few effective metrics and how can we apply them?
In skill acquisition, you need to measure how much time you’re putting in, the level of completion of the activity, your investment of emotion, how well you’re adhering to your plan and the results of your practice/training. These 5 simple things will give you all the information you need to know about your progress. So, let’s look at how we can apply them.
Keep a journal of all the metrics in skill acquisition.
Time- To keep track of how your using your time is to monitor your productivity. Every skill set has a subset of skills that need to be mastered. Delegate a certain amount of time to mastery of that specific activity. When the prescribed time period is up, observe the level of completion for the activity. If you haven’t mastered your desired level, give it more time. At the point of satisfactory results, you’ll be able to know how long that specific sub-skill took and you’ll have an idea of how much time it will take to go deeper into that skill in the future.
Completion- Monitoring your level of mastery in a skill is imperative. This is the ‘pulse’ of skill acquisition and you need to always have your fingers on it. Deconstruct the skill and identify key steps in mastery. Write them down and practice, practice, practice. Record your progress over time.
Emotion- The major barrier in skill acquisition isn’t intellectual- it’s emotional. If we are putting effort into something that isn’t yielding the results we want, our emotions are going to drop. Journal your emotions mindfully. Recognize the patterns of your emotions as you progress in your path to mastery. Grief and negative emotions are normally indications that something needs to be improved.
The Plan- Take the time to make a plan. Follow it and measure how well you stick to it. Always make your plan adaptable, though. Life is dynamic. Your plan should be, too.
The Results- Keep a log of your results. There will always be results that are of higher quality than others- measure that as well. When you do log the results, be sure to note what caused those results to happen. Through mindfulness of cause, effect, and quality, you’ll be able to repeat the same results over and over again. Always be process oriented for maximum exposure.
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