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Trackable, not Trivial

In this age of information overload, it’s crucial to cut through the clutter and focus on what genuinely drives progress. We’re talking about a strategic purge - out with the trivial, in with the trackable.
Trackable, not Trivial
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Stepping boldly into the uncharted territories of a fresh year, we're presented with a unique invitation: to shed the weight of the past and wholeheartedly embrace a revitalising metamorphosis.

It's time for the New Year Purge.

This isn't about fleeting resolutions or chasing the latest fads. Instead, it's about making a conscientious shift towards data-driven results and measurable inputs.

In this age of information overload, it’s crucial to cut through the clutter and focus on what genuinely drives progress.

We’re talking about a strategic purge - out with the trivial, in with the trackable.

Last year, 2023, was like riding a rollercoaster blindfolded – exhilarating, terrifying, and peppered with unexpected turns. Picture a mix of triumphs and tribulations, sprinkled with a dash of chaos for good measure. Health-wise, let's just say it wasn't my prime time.

I hit my late 30s and realised some of my organs didn't get the memo we're still young. They started acting like grumpy old men at a disco – slightly out of place and not always keeping up with the beat.

But hey, in the grand theatre of life, I'm still in the early acts. So, organs, let's get our act together – we've got a show to run!

Let's proceed to business as usual...

Trackable not trivial. This is my mantra for 2024.

Trackable = Quantifiable.

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By honing in on quantifiable metrics, we empower ourselves to make informed decisions that align with our core objectives.

This blog post is your guide to adopting a mindset where every action and choice is intentional, geared towards tangible outcomes.

Let's recalibrate our strategies, refocus our energies, and redefine success through the lens of measurable, meaningful data. Welcome to a year where every step is calculated, every decision is informed, and every achievement is trackable.

The Pitfall of Trendiness

Let’s face it – we live in a world obsessed with the latest trends. Social media algorithms and 24-hour news cycles constantly bombard us with the newest fad or the latest market movement.

While staying updated is important, the danger lies in mistaking these fleeting trends for substantial, actionable data.

Does 400 Instagram likes equate to 400 sales?

The concept of equating social media engagement, like Instagram likes, to actual sales is a common misconception in digital marketing. The question "Does 400 Instagram likes equate to 400 sales?" dives into the heart of this misunderstanding.

In reality, the correlation between likes and sales is not so straightforward.

Likes on Instagram are a form of engagement, indicating that people have noticed and appreciated your content. While increasing your Instagram likes is beneficial for engagement and brand visibility, it's the strategic content and conversion tactics that will ultimately drive sales.

So, should you post more? Yes, you should post more strategically if it aligns with your long-term goals.

As for me, I try to limit the importance I place on social media engagement.

So, the important question to answer is: Do they align with your long-term goals?

Or are they just noise distracting you from your path?

The Power of Trackable Metrics

Trackable metrics are quantifiable and directly correlate to your business objectives or life goals. They provide tangible evidence of your progress and are essential tools for making informed decisions.

In Business

  1. Customer Acquisition Cost (CAC): This is the cost associated with acquiring a new customer. It’s a vital metric for understanding the effectiveness of your marketing strategies and the sustainability of your growth.
  2. Customer Lifetime Value (CLV): This measures the total worth of a customer to your business over the entire duration of your relationship. It helps in strategising long-term engagement rather than short-term sales.
  3. Net Promoter Score (NPS): A reflection of customer satisfaction and loyalty, NPS indicates the likelihood of your customers recommending your business to others. It’s a powerful predictor of growth.

In Life

  1. Time Management: Track how you spend your time daily. Are you dedicating hours to activities that align with your values and goals? Or are they getting drowned in the sea of trivialities?
  2. Health and Wellbeing Metrics: Regularly check in on your physical and mental health. Simple metrics like hours of sleep, steps taken, or minutes spent in mindfulness can be enlightening.
  3. Learning and Development: Keep track of the new skills you’re acquiring or the books you’re reading. Personal growth is often overlooked but is vital for sustained success and happiness.

Avoiding the Trivial Trap

The trivial trap is focusing on things that feel urgent but aren't necessarily important. It’s about getting caught up in the day-to-day dramas that don’t contribute to your long-term objectives.

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How to Avoid It?

  1. Set Clear Goals: Having clear, long-term goals helps in distinguishing what’s important from what’s momentarily exciting.
  2. Regular Review: Regularly review your progress towards your goals. This keeps you accountable and ensures that you’re not straying into trivial territories. I call this the SELF-AUDIT.
  3. Educate Yourself: The more you know about your industry and personal growth, the easier it is to identify what’s trivial. Stay curious and keep learning. I prefer reading books over taking online courses. However, if I do take online courses, I prefer those offered by the software itself because they usually provide better content. One of the books about entrepreneurship that I highly recommend is called Unscripted by MJ DeMarco. You can read my review here.

Embracing the Trackable

Tracking isn’t just about numbers and data; it’s about having a clear vision of where you're heading. It’s about making informed decisions based on evidence rather than getting swayed by the ebb and flow of trends.

Tools to Help

  1. Analytics Tools: Use digital tools to track business metrics. Google Analytics, CRM software, and financial tracking tools can offer invaluable insights.
  2. Personal Tracking Apps: For personal metrics, apps like RescueTime, Fitbit, or Medito can help in keeping track of time management, physical activity, and mental well-being. I am a beginner in meditation and use the Medito App, the best free meditation app online.
  1. Journaling: Sometimes, old-school is the best school. Keeping a journal for reflections and progress can be both therapeutic and informative.

Final thoughts

In a world where the trivial often masquerades as critical, focusing on what’s trackable is a breath of fresh air. It empowers us to make decisions based on reality, not just perception.

For the business owners, freelancers, and self-employed warriors out there – remember, what’s trendy might catch your eye, but what’s trackable will guide your stride. Track your progress, not just your feed, and watch as you stride confidently towards success in business and life.

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