Legendary author and researcher Jim Collins tracks two metrics daily:
- Rating of the day (from -2 to +2)
- The number of hours he spent doing something “creative”
Let’s analyze why both are important.
First, the rating. Everyone has good days. Everyone has bad days. But few people know when and why they have good and bad days. Sometimes there is a pattern.
Second, the creative hours. He sets a minimum for himself of 1,000 creative hours every 365 days. He can never fall below this threshold. What qualifies as “creative” time? Jim counts anything from getting the paintbrushes assembled to the actual art. It could be a conversation or it could be sitting at his keyboard to write.
This system is simple enough to be repeated.