Activity watches are all the rage. The data gives you points of reflection and constant feedback for improvement. You can rate your physical self from the data.
But what about your mental self? What data do you use for reflection? Usually, you remember the negative incidents and forget the positive interactions.
After reading James Clear’s book “Atomic Habits” I have designed a couple of “Paper Clip” strategies to monitor my positive interactions.
Fill Your Cup
On my desk, I have two cups. One full of marbles (positives) and one empty (fulfillment). After each positive action or interaction, no matter how small, I transfer a positive marble to the fulfillment cup. At the end of the day, I can reflect on the positive impact I have created or received.
Draw a smile, a line (content) or frown on the mouthless faces during the day to reflect how you feeling after a chunk of time. End of the day, tally the smiles, contents and frowns. Ask yourself, what prompted the frowns, contents and smiles.
The example is for teachers, but there is a blank to make your own time chunks.
To be your best self more often, you need feedback and data.
Now that I have written this post, I will transfer a positive marble and draw a smiley face.