January 16, 2021

Quantifying How You're Doing

Poyan Nabati @nabati

There's something about getting numbers on things that I really like. Partially, it's just because I'm a nerd, but partially it's also because it can lead to useful insights that you wouldn't have caught otherwise.

Last week, I made a "Self Assessment Sheet" with the use of Google Forms.

In it, I have a a bunch of questions that I score 1-6.

The questions are currently:

  • How much do you feel you are working on the right thing?
  • How focused do you feel?
  • How much brain-fog do you have?
  • How much have you been switching tasks the last hour?
  • How hungry are you?
  • How tired do you feel?

Additionally, I have a free text input that captures what I've been doing for the last hour.

I try to fill this out before I have my short break, every hour or so.

I don't think these are the best questions to be honest, and I will probably prune and replace some of them (I think there's some overlap between some of them).

But all in all, I still find this an interesting and useful concept. Just the act of answering the questions will be a forcing function for you to peer into yourself to see how you are doing.

Have any of you done anything similar?

What things would you find useful to measure or to ask yourself?

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    Another super nerdy thing that I've started to appreciate, (that I didn't mention in the original post):

    I really like the 1-6 scale.

    Unlike the 1-10 scale where people often answer 7 or 5 when they don't want to make an actual verdict on something, 1-6 forces you to "pick a side".

    Either it's 1-3 and it's below average or its 4-6 and it's above average.

    It forces you to have an opinion. You can't cop-out.

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    Yc have a vid on the topic they actually reduced it down to one thing which changes based on they type or stage of business
    Plus one emotional thing like how motivated/burner out are you

    To answer weekly possibly sent to an accountability partner

    Historically I'm in the gather all info club, but am learning to appreciate the minimal in MVP as sometimes better that the fully detailed

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      That's neat! Do you remember what the name of the video was?

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