E007. Good things about being a control freak - Sensibly Happy Podcast

This episode is about the tool that you can use to improve the quality of your life. It is about control freaks and why it is not so bad to monitor some aspects of your life. How to do it more effectively and without being too obsessed about it.

What you’ll discover

  • Who are control freaks?
  • Conclusions after I controlled amount of water I drink
  • How I changed my behavior after tracking calories I eat
  • Finance goals and how detailed accounting helped me
  • What to do when you feel there is not enough time
  • How I controlled my daily time spending
  • Optimizing my time after tracking it
  • The real value of keep tracking things
  • How control over things is related to happiness

Quotes, keynotes

The task for the next week

  1. If you have some problem or something you want to change – describe what this is about, how do you feel about it right now and what do you think the original reason for the problem is. This is hypothesis which will help you to choose an attribute you want to monitor.
  2. Describe the attribute itself. Is it the number of calories, number of hours or something else.
  3. Choose a monitoring tool. Paper notebook or smartphone app for instance.
  4. Decide how much time you need to monitor that attribute to get the clear picture, to get the understanding of the reality. Is it a week, a month or even more?
  5. Decide how often during the day you want to write all those records. Right after each situation or at the end of the day? Because this is some kind of commitment – are you really willing to do this.
  6. Remind yourself why do you want to do this, what is your final goal, visualize that goal.

And that’s it. Start monitoring!

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