John MacAdam

Less Tracking

Dec 2, 2018

I used to track WAY too many things every day. Tracking as in keeping a record. Writing it down and watching the trends.

I wanted to maximize each day. I assumed tracking everything was the answer. Over time, the amount of things I tracked daily became ridiculous. I tracked everything:

I saved these, and more, in one spreadsheet or another. And in some cases the tracking helped. I found myself walking more and eating less. I was writing more and consuming less television. The tracking was helping. I even suggested that other people track things in their life. However, my enthusiasm didn't last long.

The downsides of too much tracking

I quickly ran into a few issues with tracking my entire life:

The benefits of tracking less

As with most things in life, less is more. I learned a few benefits after reducing what I track: