7/27/12: Weekend Imagination Igniters: Beat Yesterday

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For most of us, the weekend is less agenda-driven and more relaxed than our usual weekday. You're more likely to slip into that state of relaxed alertness that psychologists call "alpha." That's when you're most likely to have creative thoughts. This weekend, you could think about how to improve performance.

This week I did a post about the lessons we can learn from Sam Walton. The research rekindled my fascination with the way Walton used 'beat yesterday" books to track performance and motivate himself. So I dug a little deeper.

It turns out that I should have written "Beat Yesterday." There is an actual product called a Beat Yesterday book. Not only that, it's been manufactured by the same family business since 1888. Today they sell both books and software.

People who've written about Beat Yesterday suggest that the tool is good for spotting trends and for motivation. The motivation is much more important, I think.

I've never used a Beat Yesterday product, but I've been tracking my own performance on a daily and weekly basis for more than forty years. For me, it's a great motivator. So, here are my questions for you this weekend.

Do you have a regular way that you track your performance?

Do you use that system for motivation?

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