The year I tracked every job I held

failed challenges productivity

You do the work - you write on a piece of paper - you put the piece of paper in a pile. Yes, for one year, 2017, i followed every job i did.

Why did I try to track every job I did? Why on the leaves?

…To be honest, I don't know. 🤷

It's just that, somehow, I started one day, continued the next, and at the second month I thought I could go on.

Here's what my room looked like on September 21st, 2017 after I finished this challenge with the sheets laid out:

No, I certainly didn't keep leaves on the floor every day. They were packed in a metal cookie box.

At the end I put…


Well, a lot of leaves.

…What's the point?

I don't know. I honestly don't know.

I didn't feel like I learned anything. I didn't feel like I realized something, discovered something, or, realistically, at least did something impressive and fun. It's just a lot of sheets with one year's work written on them...

Customer orders, home repairs, hobby projects, drafts of initial ideas for completed articles.

Even today, in early March 2021, I don't feel that this challenge of mine was very special. Just want to jot down this reminder that I was doing it, someone was there and lo and behold…

I consider this challenge a failure

I probably should have done a few things differently:

  1. Set a clearer goal - what do I really want from this experiment? What to discover or check?
  2. Make a review mid-challenge - if the result is unclear after half the duration of the challenge (here, half a year), should we really continue?

Realistically, in this experiment I asked myself "could I" when I should have been asking "should I".

I leave this as a reminder for future experiments! 😉

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