Pandemic Spring/Summer Activity

My first boss taught me the old adage “if you don’t measure it, you can’t do anything about it.” I have to admit that I am pretty fanatical about counting & analyzing things. It made me effective as a business leader and helped me focus on what was needed to reach early retirement.

Just because there isn’t a daily sales sheet or budget to focus on now doesn’t mean that things don’t get measured. Under the mantra that “in retirement, your job is your health” I have become a daily counter/collector of data on activity. Since it is now the end of warm weather in Minnesota, here are some of the key stats for my CV19 Spring/Summer of 2020 …

⁃ Apple Watch ‘Fitness Rings’ – 100% Daily

⁃ Daily Steps: 10,231

⁃ Exercise Minutes: 78 Daily

⁃ Miles on New eBike: 226

⁃ Waterfalls Discovered/Photographed: 35

⁃ State Parks Visited: 14

⁃ Tennis Matches: 48 outside since Spring

⁃ Softball Games: 18

⁃ Softball Batting Average: .409

⁃ Rounds of Golf: Only 1!

You can see why I feel like it has been a very active summer!

While I added everything up diligently, I’m not sure exactly how it compares with last summer. I will guess we’ve spent a lot more time outside because the pandemic shut down almost all of the inside activities.

Now we are heading into the cold weather months in Minnesota and soon everything will be covered in snow & ice. We’ve been savoring these last few weeks when it has been relatively easy to get out and do things. Still, I’m sure I will keep counting rings, steps, minutes, matches, and activities between now and next spring.

How focused are you on tracking your activity – or other aspects of your lifestyle? (Or, do you think I am rather unique in my obsessiveness?)

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6 thoughts on “Pandemic Spring/Summer Activity

  1. Its funny….metrics must be a personality trait for FIRE types. I was also obsessive about business measurements during my career, which I believe made me very successful. I also believe that, that it can’t help but flow over into our personal lives. My spreadsheets and metrics around my financial life would be overwhelming for even the most hardened FIRE pundit, but they have made me extremely successful financially. I have every financial metric and graphic you can possibly imagine…And don’t get me started on my real estate investment metrics!

    On the exercise front, I also set goals and objectives to lift weights 3x per week and run 3x per week, and I have a manual exercise journal that I write workout metrics in every day (…even including heart rates, my body weight, calories burned, etc.)! I’m not always 100% perfect at exercising, due to occasional travel or an occasional cold, but after three and a half years of retirement, I’m in better shape than I was at any time in my last 25 years of working. I’m also 30 lbs lighter than I was in May of 2017 (my retirement date). So metrics definitely work!

    Great job on your physical activities and keep counting! Metrics are amazing tools.

    I say, embrace your inner metric obsessiveness! 😉💪🏻📈📊📝

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    1. Yes, I suppose you don’t get to early retirement unless you are very focused on measuring & tracking your financial progress. I do think it is sad how many people that are the same age as I am – and similar education & career – that still don’t seem to grasp what is needed to retire. I guess that’s why there is a whole industry set up to help them figure it out.

      Great job on nailing your health goals. I have to admit that even though I am as busy as ever fitness-wise, I gained weight this year. I honestly think it’s the ‘cocktail’ of pills I now take after my heart attack. I think they’ve slowed my metabolism down a bit and I need to do a even better job avoiding calories than I have in the past.

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      1. I do believe that particular “metric trait”, which I believe got me to FIRE, was the same trait that made many business leaders more successful than the vast majority of business leaders during our career years. Think back to the most successful managers you knew while working. Those that would identify and measure their functional areas were much more successful than those who struggled at it. Most of those who couldn’t seem to grasp the point, or who didn’t seem to care about metrics, or (worse yet) measured the wrong things, always seemed to struggle. There were a lot more “strugglers” in my experience. I think it also helps explain why there are a lot more people who need help with their finances. I could be wrong, but it’s an observation that I’ve always noticed with business leaders and personal finance buffs.

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      2. Yes – I was in packaged goods marketing. Half the marketers couldn’t analyze their consumers or markets very well. The ones that could – myself included – moved up. The others moved out.

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