Writer/blogger Sarah Von Bargen shares her secret to work happiness:
You will be about a million times happier if you track your efforts rather than your accomplishments.
Cue Oprah-style a ha moment!
Yes, Sarah’s blog is mostly about how to be awesome on the Internet, but hello, this is some great advice for anyone pursuing weight loss. She shares a number of reasons for her recommendations, but this one in particular resonates with me:
If you focus on little, day-by-day steps the big stuff will take care of itself.
Note: I don’t know that this necessarily means that you have to go hard-core on the tracking front (aka hacking or Quantified Self). But there are good apps out there to help you get a handle on how you’re doing if you’re so inclined (I like the folks behind Dan’s Plan), as long as you can do so in a healthy, not orthorexic, way.
But I do think there’s a Power of Now or present moment implication to this. In other words, we may be well served by focusing less on what’s going on days, weeks, months, or years down the road and focusing more on what we can do today.
And if today doesn’t work out so well, then remember: