What Do You Measure?

‎”Unless you measure it” said some one, “you cannot improve it”. Sounds reasonable. However, I think it is a hypothesis that needs to be verified. I am not doubting its validity. I just have this doubt that it may not work in all circumstances. Here are my concerns:

  1. How do you pick what to measure? What if it is wrong doesn’t it skew the whole process? Like the grades to judge student performance?
  2. Can you have multiple alternate measures? If you do, how do you give each one a weight?

But let me leave the theoretical questions and ask you a more practical one?

  1. How many of you have any kind of metrics to measure your performance/progress/growth? At work? In life?
  2. How many of you have considered (even just considered) measuring job satisfaction or work satisfaction?
  3. How many of you have metrics for a Curiosity Quotient? Or Happiness Quotient? Or any one of those umpteen measures?

Frankly, I don’t have any. Once in a while I think about them. It sounds like a good idea but then, I am not sure how to go about it. Because, i know if I use the wrong metric to guide my life, I am going to screw up big time.

One danger of not having a personal quotient, is that you have to live with what others measure you by. If you care about that too much, it may make you a very unhappy person very quickly.