It never ceases to amaze me how many folks can operate with meticulous, analytical principles within their professional careers, while leaving their personal lives to whim and fancy. It is as if they are living two lives: The Analytical Life at Work and a directionless one in their personal lives. I call this the work life paradox.
While The Analytical Life requires thoughtfulness and patience in order to perform the necessary reflection and analysis, we cannot allow ourselves to fall into habits of procrastination and analysis paralysis.
The greatest barrier toward self reflection, analysis, and action is not apathy or a lack of intelligence, but the ocean of distractions that pull you away from these activities.
Anyone can describe their problems, complainers do it every day. People who want to improve their circumstances analyze their lives.
Cliche, but true: what gets measured does get improved. Effective measurement is essential for living an analytical life: it’s key for understanding where your problem areas are, as well as gauging your progress toward a goal over time.