Track your progress(DW #830)

Do you wear a Fitbit? Or use a food journal?


If you do, you already know that tracking what you are trying to change or improve is a powerful way to set yourself up for success.


Well, hundreds of years before the invention of fitness- tracking devices, Ben Franklin came up with a self-improvement experiment that let him track his mind hacking progress in a measurable, scientific way.


As described in his autobiography, Franklin gave his experiment the lofty title of the ‘Moral Perfection Project.’ He began by laying out a set of thirteen virtues that he wished to develop in himself and then he found a way to track his progress on a daily basis with this method:


He writes in his autobiography:


  • "I made a little book, in which I allotted a page for each of the virtues."
  • "I ruled each page with red ink, so as to have seven columns, one for each day of the week, marking each column with a letter for the day."
  • "I crossed these columns with...
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