In both these cases though, you’re measuring against someone else’s idea of how you should organize your life — albeit great advice. What would it look like for you to set your own measure of success?
A Personal Catalog
In going through items for my monthly goal in June, I’ve given a bunch of things to Goodwill. I started asking myself “How can I measure this progress?”.
This morning an answer hit me — a simple Google Docs catalog to track over time. Something where you could
So, here’s what I’m thinking about trying for this. Creating a basic spreadsheet in the following form, and doing a massive inventory of my house.
After this doc is created, I’m planning on creating a super basic site to analyze and visualize these stats to understand possessions over time, which areas could use improvement.
I randomly registered a domain for this project this morning:
The idea, in short, is that someone could:
- Create a Google Doc in the above format based on a template & make it public
- Login to Stuffoverti.me
- Paste the URL into their Google Docs spreadsheet
- See cool charts and insights; especially items over time, which categories you love the most, which areas you have a bunch of things you don’t love.
- Be able to embed these charts into Medium or other publications to spread.
Pretty basic idea, but could be a neat one. I like that this would allow people to continue on with things in their own Google Spreadsheet, and I wouldn’t need to do any kind of crazy input system on my own.
I’ve recently done some fun Google Spreadsheet integrations at Pluralsight, and this would be a quick and fun use of that knowledge. I have no clue how the embed into Medium part would work from a technical level though. I imagine that would involve integrating stuffoverti.me with one of the Embed.ly providers but that would be something I’d need to look into.
I’m genuinely curious about feedback on this. I don’t see this as a product that would have a large audience, but it could be a niche tool.
- What would you want in a system like that that would cause you to use it?
- What would stop you from using it?
- What would help you keep using it?
- How would you hold yourself accountable to goals?