“How we schedule our days is how we spend our lives.” - Gretchen Rubin
It’s important to me that I’m better every day. But what does it mean to be better? It doesn’t have to take the form of some lofty achievement or amazing feat. Instead, it is small actions in or day-to-day lives that compound in value over time.
If I exercised today, then I am better. If I read a few pages of a book today, than I am better.
Is there an objective way to measure these improvements? It’s hard to say, maybe it just depends on the individual.
Seth Godin wrote on the subject:
“Incremental daily progress (negative or positive) is what actually causes transformation. A figurative drip, drip, drip. Showing up, every single day, gaining in strength, organizing for the long haul, building connection, laying track — this subtle but difficult work is how culture changes.”
But this is also tricky territory to traverse. Is reading a few pages of a book really enough to offset an otherwise unproductive day? This opens the door up to a flurry of mental rationalizations.
It’s probably best not to overthink it. The general principle is one that would benefit most people. Small actions can make a big difference in our lives over time.