You Ask, I Answer: Personal Analytics and Quantified Self?

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You Ask, I Answer: Personal Analytics and Quantified Self?

Mark asks, “For a business professional, what are the personal measurements we should be using to improve our ‘game’ and remain relevant? Does anybody out there have metrics on yourself?”

This is an important question; the answers will depend on how self-aware you are. I use a framework I first saw from my friend and Marketing Over Coffee co-host John J. Wall that has five parts – health, family, business/finance, professional development, and personal development. Watch the video for full details.

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In today’s episode Mark asks for a business professional, what are the personal measurements we should be using to improve our game and remain relevant? Does anybody out there have metrics on yourself? Well, it depends on what it is you’re measuring.

That’s true of all forms of measurement.

in something like personal growth as a professional, there’s really, there’s really a, there’s a handful of metrics.

My friend and co host of marketing over coffee, john wall has actually a four part grid of things that are essentially family, health, finance, and then professional Adele, sort of this four part grid.

And I think it’s a really good framework for looking at the things that you do, I might add a fifth one for like, personal development, personal growth, that can accomplish things like spirituality, or the art that you do things to help you grow as a person, if not necessarily a business professional.

So on the the on those buckets and metrics, obviously, health things are very easy to measure, right, you can measure things like your blood pressure, your pulse rate, your weight, any energy levels, whatever you’re, you’re smart devices all do.

And you can set goals for things that you want to accomplish in those areas.

So that one’s pretty straightforward to measure.

And those are things that you should measure, with the caveat of Seth Cohen’s caveat, which is if you’re not going to change what you eat, or how often you exercise, don’t get on the scale, right? So if you’re not going, this is true across the board for all these metrics, if you’re not going to change what you do, don’t bother measuring.

On the family side, of course, there are things like how many nights a week, a month, a year, are you home, with your family, with your loved ones, people like that? What activities do you do with your family and keeping track of it just setting? Really, those are? There’s some two aspects then and it’s very, very subjective.

One is, are you physically present, and then are you mentally present.

So even if you’re there, and your devices actually will tell you like your device will tell you, hey, you spent X amount of screen time.

Now if you’re checking work all the time, and you have to be honest with yourself and your screen time levels keep going up and up and up and up.

That’s clearly an indicator that that’s not going in the direction you want.

On the business metrics, as a business professional, particularly if you’re working on things like your personal brand, again, very easy to measure.

If you have a personal website, you better be running Google Analytics, if you are doing that things like a newsletter, or podcast, or YouTube channel or all these different channels, of course, you’re going to have metrics that correspond to those and you set goals like I want to have, you know, 20, or 30, or 40,000, unique visitors to my website, I want to have 50,000 subscribers to my email, newsletter, whatever those things are, in this bucket of the professional, your business results, as a professional, you want to do those things.

And even if you work for a company, you will still have business results, or you know, things that you’re working towards that next promotion or bonus or whatever you can put into that professional category.

The ones that I think are neglected often are your personal development, your professional development, your training and development.

What certification Do you work towards.

And if you’re not working towards the certification was your learning plan look like? One that I do a lot is I’ll take a cheat sheet of a technology that I want to learn everything from like D pliers to TensorFlow to keras.

All these machine learning frameworks that are plenty is printable one page cheat sheets, which is really a nice way of saying an index and then I start checking off as I learn each technique, okay, I want to get through five cheat sheets this year.

So I gotta start learning the each technique.

What does it do? Why did it? Why would you? When do you use it? How does it work? Until I complete a sheet and look, and I know, okay, I’ve got a good understanding of a tidy verse now.

He just moved through those sheets.

So whatever the cheat sheets are for your your industry, and then the last ones really tough because again, it was a lot of self awareness, a lot of lot of subjective perspective on yourself.

But that is that personal growth? What do you do? To grow as a human being? What in the art that you do? Are you learning to play guitar? Are you a martial artist? Are you doing archery? What are all these things that you do? And then how are you making progress in them? So I’m in martial arts, their grades work to their techniques you can work on? Same for archery? Or you’re more accurate today, in new music? Are you improving in your music skills? singing? Are you enunciate better opening your job better? And more air up? Can you differentiate between chest voice and head voice? So all these these techniques that are part of that personal growth and that spiritual growth to that’s an area where it’s not enough to just show up, you actually have to plan for improvement, even if something as simple as like, going to church, right? And being a good? Whatever your religious faith is? What does that mean? And what goals are you working to in those areas to be a better whatever that your faith is, in adhering to it adherence to your doctrines.

So those are the I would suggest setting up like a mind map or a spreadsheet, or however you work best with that type of information.

But then yeah, start measuring start setting goals, set small, measurable goals, I track a lot of these pieces of data myself, just you know, in a Google Sheet, and just know that and just be able to see improvement, see improvement over time.

And there are many, many, many good apps that allow you to track this data, and then plan against it as a whole movement.

And you may want to look it up a Google is called quantified self.

We look at how much of everything that you doing, that you care about, that you’re willing to make changes about.

You track it, and then you you make those changes, and you see what changes work, what changes don’t.

So really good question.

One that requires, again, a lot of self awareness, a lot of self honesty, which is can be really, really tough, and, and measuring in those buckets.

And then being able to see, one of the most interesting things, by the way, is seeing how the buckets influence each other.

So you may start to really kill it at work, but your fitness level goes down, right? Or you double up on your fitness, but your spiritual growth goes down.


So how are you going to measure and keep that balance? That is that is pure trade off analytics that is in the machine learning world that’s multi threaded, multi objective optimization, how do you balance time and money and effort so that each bucket grows slowly and you’re not cannibalizing one more if you do cannibalize one is a conscious short term choice.

lots to do lots of lots to think about all this, but try that message and framework.

Let’s see if you can make it work for you.

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