Quantify, Be Specific, and Realistic

“If you can measure it you can manage it” is an old saying, but it bears repeating. When setting a goal or defining a task, try to quantify what you’re doing in very specific terms.

  • Fair: Exercise every day.
  • Good: Exercise for 15 minutes every day.
  • Better: Ride my stationary bike for 15 minutes every day.

Get as specific as you need to be, but no more. If “Ride my stationary bike for 15 minutes every day from 6:00 – 6:15 AM” is realistic, then use that. If you can’t set a specific time, then don’t. Be realistic about what you can do.