Happy New Year and welcome to 2018.
When I got back to work after the Christmas break I spent the first few days sorting through my emails. Like so many of us, my inbox had grown to an astronomical size but there was one email in particular that I found incredibly interesting. It was an email from Audible. Audible is a seller and producer of spoken audiobooks and the email was – My Year in Stats.
I discovered that as at 31 December 2017 I had listened to 5,287 minutes of audio, that equates to around 88 hours of audio books. What a great way to track my progress.
This tells me a couple of things;
As many of you will know, I’m an avid fan of multi-tasking, so my audiobook listening time is done whilst I’m driving or flying. I don’t listen to books when I’m sitting still or others are in the car with me but I do like to make the most of my travel/unproductive time. 88 hours of listening tells me that at least 88 hours of last year, I was travelling.
This also tells me for at least 88 hours of 2017 I was focused on my development. Most of the audiobooks I listen to are business or self-improvement titles. As a result, I incorporate this information into my training courses and often recommend book titles to course attendees. So for those of you who’ve attended a course with me in 2017, you’ve also gleaned the benefit of my 88 hours. In essence not only was I focused on my own self-development, I was also focussed on yours.
So I wanted to extend a challenge to you.
What are some measurables you’d like to track your progress in for 2018? Maybe it’s a new habit you’d like to form. It could be that you want to track how many miles you run – something you can easily track on your phone. Or maybe like me, there are some audiobooks that you’d enjoy listening to. How about upskilling yourself by utilising some of your spare/unproductive time with some additional learning?
If you’re keen to get listening, I’ll be putting together a video with recommendations of some of the podcasts and titles I listen to. Make sure to keep an eye out for it.
In the meantime, I’d love to hear how you intend to track your progress in 2018. Please feel free to comment below and tell me your plans.
Sarah & The Team One Team